Festival Fringe 2018 - Friday 6th July



National Festival venues and various locations across Birmingham City Centre


Various Sessions between 9:30am and 7:30pm


Festival Fringe

Festival Fringe 2018 - Friday 6th July

Everyone's invited to National Festival 2018!

As well as the main stages of our National Festival, taking place at Symphony Hall, Town Hall, and the CBSO Centre, there's SO MUCH to see and do, so make the most of your session, day, or week by getting involved with our Festival Fringe!

Right across the National Festival week, all performers can get involved with pop-up performances on stages across the City Centre, and loads of different workshops and hands-on sessions for all abilities, led by professional musicians and leading arts organisations. 

Highlights this year include Wednesday 4th July which will be a Festival Fringe takeover day at Town Hall Birmingham, with large-scale performances and lots of stuff to get involved with.

There really is something for everyone! 

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Get involved! What's on Festival Fringe 2018 - Friday 6th July

Workshops & Sessions

Breaking Down Improv with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Gain practical, guided experience on improvisation

Come and join the members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) led by NYJO's Artistic Director, and trumpeter, Mark Armstrong, for a practical session, lifting the lid on improvisation. 

Play alongside some the UK’s most talented jazz musicians who will help you to learn a new piece from scratch, and explore its harmonic possibilities – using just your ears!

Venue:  Symphony Hall Foyer

Duration: 1 hour

Time(s): 11am & 3pm

Suggested Level/Age: Mixed instrumental musicians of any age or ability


Folk from scratch!

Be part of an instant folk band with National Youth Folk Ensemble leaders and inspirational folk performers Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron!

Flex different musical muscles and join an instant folk band as you learn a folk tune by ear and get everyone in the Festival Tent playing together. The English Folk Dance and Song Society lead this practical workshop designed to develop listening and ensemble skills, and give performers a taster of playing with other musicians in a fun folk ensemble. All instruments welcome

Venue:  Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens

Duration: 1.5 hours

Time(s): 10:30am & 2.45pm

Suggested Level/Age: Mixed instrumental musicians of any age or ability

Performance Stages

Brindleyplace Bandstand,

Caffe Nero Brindleyplace,

Central Square,

Colmore Food Festival, Victoria Square

National Festival Tent, City Centre Gardens

Ozzells Square,

Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer