Castle Vale Festival returns for second year of celebrations

CV Festival Best bits - 06427th Aug 2014 and the Birmingham Mail have covered the story of our 2nd Castle Vale Festival. To see for yourself including pictures visit the web page here

‘Residents on Birmingham estate prepare to party at festival whose inaugural year in 2013 saw more than 10,000 people enjoy weekend of entertainment.

The people of Castle Vale are getting ready to celebrate – for the second year running.

Castle Vale Festival is returning in September.

It will be held on the Birmingham housing estate for two days on Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20.

The festival will be back on Farnborough Fields in Castle Vale, where the Big Top and surrounding site will host the heart of the weekend’s activity – while further events take place across the estate and at the Castle Vale Stadium.

Organisers are looking to expand on the success of the inaugural event in September 2013, where more than 10,000 people enjoyed a weekend of entertainment and activities – brought to the estate by Active Arts Castle Vale (AACV) and supporting civic groups.

AACV Festival Event Manager Claire Marshall said: “Castle Vale hosted its first festival last September, to kickstart our Year of Celebration, and saw an amazing amount of support and attendance – with people from all across Birmingham coming to the Big Top on Farnborough Fields.

“Now, 12 months later and we’re back, with a bigger festival programme of music, family activities and events – adding Castle Vale Stadium to this year’s festival site.”

She added: “It’s been an incredible Year of Celebration on the Castle Vale estate, and the Castle Vale Festival 2014 is our way of saying thank you to the whole of Birmingham.”

All the daytime activities at the Castle Vale Festival 2014 will be free, and open to all ages. Organisers are now finalising the line-up of entertainment and it’s expected to be revealed next week.

Castle Vale Festival is held as part of a 12-month Year of Celebration organised by AACV to mark the achievements of the estate since it began major regeneration 21 years ago. A tree-shaped sculpture, The Last Leaf, is being built to honour those who have made a difference to life in the area.’

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