Sandwell Arts Festival



This summer’s Sandwell Arts Festival will culminate with a dance and procession celebrating West Bromwich-born Hollywood film icon Madeleine Carroll.

Sandwell Arts Festival 2015 will run from August 12 to 23 – there’s going to be two wonderful weekends of fun, activity and participation.

Events will be taking place in Sandwell’s six towns – and there will be opportunities to watch and do things in the festival on the high street, in parks and in libraries.

Organisers are teaming up with Creative Black Country for No Fit State Circus, an amazing street circus performance in West Bromwich, on 15 and 16 August.

Then on the second weekend, on Saturday 22 August, there will be the Giants’ Dance. This will celebrate the life of Madeleine Carroll, one of the borough’s most famous daughters.

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Sandwell Council’s arts service manager Garry Morris said: “Sandwell Arts Festival is back for the sixth year running – and it’s set to be fun and colourful. There will be opportunities in libraries, parks and the high streets of our six towns to make, see and do.

“We’re encouraging people to save the date and look out for details of activities over the coming months.”

Garry added: “Madeleine Carroll is the West Bromwich girl who shot to fame in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, as well as starring in other big films such as The Prisoner of Zenda.

“There will be a series of workshops across Sandwell when dance scenes and giant puppets – including one of Madeleine – will be created for the annual community procession.

Sandwell Arts Cafe, based at Sandwell College’s Central Sixth campus (formerly The Public building), will be taking centre stage for a number of festival events. You can also follow Sandwell Arts Café on Twitter @Sandwell_Arts or find information about the café and exhibitions at

Garry added: “Schools, community, groups, parents and volunteers form the backbone of the festival.”

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