The Jewellery Quarter Festival is back. Join us on Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June.
This year’s JQ Festival aims to celebrate the Quarter’s energy, heritage and diversity through a two-day extravaganza.
On Saturday 29th June the Golden Square will be transformed into a Festival hub with free entertainment for all the family. For the younger ones, expect a story corner, Scalextric, face painting and much more. For the older ones, enjoy live music, tuck into succulent street food or join in on the Quarter’s famous Brewery Tour.
To celebrate the bi-centenary of the death of James Watt there’ll be plenty of steam-powered science activities. Denver Light Railway will be bringing a fully rideable steam engine to the JQ, a host of space inspired crafts and activities will be run by Birmingham Museums Trust, and a James Watt reenactor will bring the man himself to life.
On Sunday 30th June, the love and pride for the heritage and history of the Quarter take centre stage as guest speakers, panellists and exhibitors take over the Golden Square marquee. An exhibition space will give many of the local businesses a chance to show off their incredible work to the public as well as an inspirational art gallery showcasing local Jewellery Quarter artists. Throughout this second day, walking tours will take visitors on a ramble through the Quarter’s main streets, exploring the incredible signage on many of the historic buildings.
Luke Crane, Executive Director of the JQBID comments “This year, we’re bringing the Jewellery Quarter’s history and heritage to the forefront, as well as celebrating the diversity of our vibrant community. There’s so much to be proud of and shout about in the Quarter. The JQ Festival is our opportunity to do just that”.
And if the activities planned for Saturday and Sunday weren’t enough, across both days, JQ Open Studios makes a full return with a community of over 30 makers from within the Quarter opening their doors to the public. Visitors can speak to local makers, watch demonstrations and purchase hand-made items.
It’s also a happy 20th Birthday to the Jam House who are celebrating with a host of bands playing live music at St Paul’s Square on Saturday 29 June.
The JQ Festival will open its doors at 10 am on Saturday 29th June and will run all day, through to 6 pm. On Sunday, doors open at 12 pm with all festivities closing at 6 pm. Discover more on our Festival webpage.