More details of the annual Kings Heath Street Festival, taking place this Sunday 13 September, have been announced.
Organised by the Kings Heath BID (Business Improvement District), the all day event will be extended to encompass both York Road and Heathfield Road, with fun for all ages, including live music, food, drink, stalls and activities, across both roads from 11am-8pm.
Over 30 stalls at the event will showcase Kings Heath’s varied selection of businesses and traders, including the areas many thriving independents such as Togademus, I Had One of Those, and Cinderella, and local charity stores, including Oxfam Birmingham, Royal British Legion and Sue Ryder. Arts and crafts products will be amongst the offering, with stalls from Bostons Soy Candle Co, Funny Brummie Pictures, Ruth Green Design, and Shelli Graham Illustration, to name a few.
The festival will also welcome the newest addition to the Kings Heath BID, independent clothes retailer Off The Scale. Opening on York Road in October, owner Eddie O’Callaghan will sell recycled and upcycled clothing by the kilo, and intends to employ and train local young people who have experience with depression.
Food on the day will be provided by various local eateries and streetfood vendors, including Veg Out, Cornerstone Kitchen, Buddha Belly, Low N Slow, Smoqued Food, Open Sesame, Fire and Slice Pizza, Esmie Caribbean and Seafood, and Pimpernel’s Delights, plus many more, as well as outdoor bars from Loco Lounge, Cherry Reds, The Sun at the Station and Hare and Hounds.
Two stages of live music, programmed by local music veterans Hare and Hounds and the Sun at the Station, will see performances from the likes of Boat to Row, Midnight Bonfires, Atlantic Players and Tom Walker Trio, with set times being staggered across both York Stage and Heathfield Stage so that music-lovers don’t miss a thing.
There will be plenty to keep the children entertained, too, with facepainting and glitter tattoos, special guest Bee the owl, storyteller Graham Langley, traditional fairground rides, The Wildlife Trust, and arts and crafts activities. Independent printing service, Precision Imaging, will also be running a VW photobooth campervan, allowing friends and family to take some snaps to remember the day by.
Chair of Events & Marketing, Katy Stone, says: “We have so much going on at this year’s festival, and we can’t wait for all the businesses and community to come together to celebrate Kings Heath! A lot of hard work has gone into organizing the event…we just hope it stays dry!”
In addition to the plethora of entertainment, an online photo competition will also be running throughout the day. To enter, festival goers must simply share their photos of the day online using the hashtag #KHSF, with the best image being printed on an A2 canvas by Precision Imaging.
The Kings Heath Street Festival will take place on York Road and Heathfield Road next Sunday 13 September 2015, 11am-8pm.