Shine a Light programme to highlight Sandwell’s rich and diverse culture

The event takes place at Sandwell Valley Park from May

In the build-up to and during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Sandwell Council will ‘Shine a Light’ on Sandwell’s rich, diverse culture.

The Shine a Light programme is a full schedule of events and activities from May until September 2022. These events and activities will take place over six weekends, one in each of Sandwell’s six towns, ending with a two-week Shine a Light Festival at Sandwell Valley from 25 July to 8 August.

The Shine a Light Festival Weekends will feature free children’s events, arts, sports, local culture and heritage. They will take place at town centres, heritage sites, public and open spaces from 10am – 4pm on weekends between May and July starting at Oldbury on Saturday 14 May.

As part of the Shine a Light Festival Weekends in each town, there will also be a ticketed evening festival with fairs, live performances, fire performers and stilt walkers, food and drink, and entertainment for children and adults.

The culmination of Sandwell’s Shine a Light Festival will be a two-week programme of events and activities at Sandwell Valley from Monday 25 July until Monday 8 August.

The Festival will include an opening event with live, on-stage performances, daily entertainment and activities including live big screen action from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as well as a Commonwealth-themed food festival and market. There will also be further exciting events and activities, engaging local community groups and residents, taking place throughout the festival.

To find out more and what’s happening near you visit the Shine A Light website at


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