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The JQ Festival is Back!

We're back for the 5th year running in what promises to be our best Festival yet! With a brand-new look and exciting change in format, explore our programme below.

Experience the energy of the Jewellery Quarter with free family entertainment for all ages.

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Discover the true heritage of Birmingham's historic Quarter with tours, talks and walks.

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Immerse yourself with makers from across the Quarter as JQ Open Studios makes an exciting return across the weekend.

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Join us as we say a huge Happy Birthday to our much-loved Jam House with a special Saturday celebration.

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29 June

Saturday

Join us for some fun favourites on the first day of the Festival and experience the energy of the JQ. Expect family fun activities, and exciting performances, as well as street food, music and a whole host of activities celebrating the bicentenary of James Watts - the industrial pioneer and inventor who resided in the Quarter between 1777 to 1790.

Highlights include:

  • A fully rideable steam engine across the Golden Square.
  • CircusMASH who are returning with an epic Space-inspired performance.
  • Birmingham Museums Trust showcasing a whole host of 'out of this world' themed crafts and activities.
  • The Quarter's famous Brewery Tour.
  • A James Watt reenactor bringing the man himself to life.
  • A Kids Activity Zone run by JQ Townscape Heritage.
  • Succulent street food, drinks and live music.
30 June

Sunday

Celebrate the history of the JQ on Sunday with a series of talks and walks, and immerse yourself in the incredible heritage of the Quarter.

Highlights include:

  • A guided tour of the JQ, discovering the unique stories behind the signs, lettering and numbers you'll find in the Quarter.
  • A theatre style programme of panel talks and discussions surrounding the Quarter's rich heritage.
  • A special exhibition welcoming local JQ jewellers and businesses.
It's back!

JQ Open Studios Returns

Returning this year, across both Saturday and Sunday, we're excited to welcome back JQ Open Studios. This is your chance to go behind closed doors, and discover the art of making first hand from the true creatives of the Quarter. Speak to local makers, watch demonstrations and take part in workshops that include the art of jewellery, needle craft, leather making and much more.

If you're a studio and would like to open your doors, contact us to register your interest.

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Happy Birthday!

Jam House Turns 20

What better way to celebrate Jam House's big birthday than a special event in their own front garden? That's right - join in on the celebrations as The Jam House takes over St. Paul's Square for a mini-Glastonbury of their own - with an array of live music across Saturday afternoon.

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