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Inclusive and celebratory Neighbourhood Festival Site

The much-anticipated Neighborhood Festival Site, happening during the Commonwealth Games, the largest to take place in the West Midlands, will be coming to Castle Vale from 28 – 29 July. It will provide local people with the exciting opportunity to soak up the spirit of the Games and experience an exciting cultural program, right on their doorstep with family, friends and neighbors. 

Here, residents will have the opportunity to watch live and digital performances from the games on the big screen (including the Opening Ceremony and sporting highlights), enjoy food and drink and also play and participate in sporting activities.

The Opening Ceremony will be a spectacular event, celebrating Birmingham’s industrial past and vibrant present, with performers of all kinds, from singers to dancers. Athletes from 72 teams, including the 54 Commonwealth of Nations countries and 18 territories, will parade at Alexander Stadium.

Compass Support, the charitable subsidiary of The Pioneer Group, would like to invite residents to drop into the event to enjoy activities for the whole community. These range from live performances to games, workshops, installations, walkabout acts and other activities that all ages can participate in. Residents are putting on an array of performances for their communities, which will reflect the rich culture and history of the Castle Vale neighborhood.

The Neighborhood Festival Site will run over the following two days on the green space adjacent to the carpark by the stadium (Farnborough Fields):

Thursday 28 July – 3 pm – 10 pm

Friday 29 July – 11 am – 7 pm

These two days are part of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games’ series of Neighborhood Sites and participants will be attending from all over the region. Compass Support will be hosting a community tent at the event on the 29 July.

Community Hubs Manager at Compass Support, Laura Griggs said:

We are so excited that Castle Vale is part of the Neighborhood Festival Site during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Site will celebrate strength and diversity, and our community in Castle Vale is a great reflection of that and one of the many reasons why it’s a great place to live.

There is an exciting program of interactive activities from local community groups including arts and crafts, music, and exercise, singing activities and music making workshops.

Come and join us to make wooden medals to hang on the Games Community Tree, get creative at our art skills at our graffiti art workshop, joint the Generations Choir for a sing song or enjoy a taster bag pipe and drum lesson, we have an activity to meet all taste throughout the day.