Visitors to the festival can take part in a range of free art and craft workshops. Led by artists, these include making shadow puppets and lanterns, and decorating the town with neon textiles and yarn bombing. Many performances are taking place across the evening of the festival too. Pop across to The Factory for a glow in the dark roller disco, enjoy vintage-inspired musical performances from The Glamophones, marvel at The Magical Moving Trees and join in with The Grumpy Cheerleaders. Watch out for Midwives on Call and get involved with Clik Clik’s Anti-Barber Shop, an interactive pop-up theatre piece for all the family or get your face painted with neon colours. 

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MAKE/SHIFT/SPACE | Bournville College

Make/Shift/Space, a portable artist studio structure, is being transformed into a production line in which participants will invent and assemble their own 'Longbridge Viewer'. Working across three assembly bays, artists Claire Hickey, Emily Warner and Gavin Rogers will provide an assortment of obscure objects and materials, which will be transformed through different joining processes. Located at Bournville College, the work draws upon archival material from Longbridge and the knowledge of local historians.

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Amy Greaves School Of Dance | Sainsbury's Cafe

Drawing on the history of the area and the theme of the festival, Amy Greaves School of Dance explore the experiences of women during WW2 - from the work they took on, to the emotions felt when their loved ones were away at war. Amy Greaves is dance company local to Longbridge. The performance takes place in Sainsbury’s café, enlivening this space in a new way for the festival.


Music, Performance and Live Visuals | Bournville College

To celebrate the upcoming merger between Bournville College and South & City Birmingham College, staff and students from both Music departments will be providing an exciting evening of live music and visuals in the Urban Chill space inside Bournville College.

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Making Workshop | Bournville College

Join artists Anita Roye, Rita Best and Fae Kilburn for a series of hands-on making workshops inside Bournville College, where you will be able to create and exhibit your own work as part of the festival! Add to a large-scale mass participatory collage, write your own secret message and create large-scale glow in the dark artworks. Use light boxes to see your colourful tissue paper collages come to life, before you take them away or hang them up to be exhibited.


Roller Disco | The Factory Youth Centre

3.30pm - 5pm: Family & Young Children Only
5.30pm - 7pm: Open to everyone
7.30pm - 9pm: Open to everyone

What light festival would be complete without a glow in the dark roller disco? Come and skate the night away surrounded by light projections and accompanied by sets from The Factory’s very own young DJs local to Longbridge.


Alternative Longbridge History Walk by Steve Wright

This event is now fully booked.

5.30pm, meet outside Sainsburys

Local historian and Longbridge resident Steve Wright will lead a time travelling adventure through the former Longbridge car plant site exploring areas of the factory developed as part of the Shadow Factory scheme.

*Please note this walk will last around 1 hour and will cover a distance of approximately 3 miles.

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Jess May Davies | Costa Coffee

Jess May Davies is a writer, performer and visual artist. She will perform a series of spoken word pieces that have taken inspiration from Longbridge’s participation in the Shadow Factory scheme in relation to narratives from today’s world. The collection of poems take inspiration from Birmingham’s female industrial workforce and will be shared as a personal interpretation of the ideas behind community, opposition, gender and value.

Jess May Davies will also compère an evening of very special performances by Bournville College and Access to Music students within 'Costa Coffee Live Lounge'.

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Clik Clik Collective | Market Square

Rather than shave punters The Clik-Clik Anti Barber gang want to give you facial hair in many forms! Offering beautifying moustache makeovers, they will get you in the frame and capture you forever on the Wall of Shame! Pop-up family fun and a great record of your trip to Longbridge Light Festival.


Fairy Tale Party Planners Face-Painting | Bournville College

The talented face-painters from local business Fairy Tale Party Planners will be on hand to create stunning shadow and neon designs for free. Head outside to become part of the festival with your own unique artwork! We would love to see the unique designs so please do share your photos using #LLF2016 on Facebook or Twitter.


Vamos Theatre (UK) | Roaming

Aprons starched, caps ironed, sensible shoes polished, and a bottle of Wartime Spirit secreted in their trolley, our ‘Midwives on Call’ are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to any unexpected deliveries at the festival. Spick, span and no-nonsense, rely on our trusty Midwives to avert ‘medical emergencies’, check the public are in tip top health, and definitely deliver babies! Armed with bandages, towels and everything needed to avert a crisis, our girls – led by the formidable Matron - always keep calm and carry on.

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Young Pilgrims | Roaming

From Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games celebrations to the Paris Jazz Festival, Young Pilgrims have entertained crowds across Europe with their rock influenced brass band sound, and are sure to do the same at Longbridge Light Festival! The Young Pilgrims will create special ‘pop up’ performances across the town centre.

Fabularium (UK) | Roaming

‘The Magical Moving Trees’ are a three-piece stilt walking troupe, equipped with a guide (acting as their chaperone) to invite you closer and help keep the trees safe. Watch out for ‘The Magical Moving Trees’ roaming Longbridge Town Centre during the evening of the Festival.

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Squirm Dance | Roaming

Dressed as cheerleaders, dancers will move between venues spelling out words associated with the environment and festival visitors while performing synchronised movements together. There is a twist, however, as they perform in an unenthusiastic manner with humorous outcomes. The cheerleaders will interact with the audience in an attempt to get them to ‘fill in’ for them during cheers. The cheerleaders cause mischief and fun wherever they go.

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The Glamophones | Karibunis Restraunt

A breath of fresh air in an old fashioned way, The Glamophones perform songs from the 1940s right through to modern day hits with their own vintage twist. Step back in time with The Glamophones’ very special performance of beautiful harmonies and exciting, unique musical arrangements.

Location: Karabunis restaurant inside Bournville College.


InfuseDANCE | Roaming

‘Bodyguards Protect and Serve' is a roaming interactive street theatre and dance performance set to an energetic disco beat. A team of highly trained dancing bodyguards will secure the area and humorously protect VIP members of the public as they go about their business, escorting them as they travel between parts of the festival ... no-one need fear ... the bodyguards are here!