The annual Dragonboat Festival will be returning to Brindleyplace for its 13th year this summer in a bid to find out which local business can face the elements and be crowned winner of the popular charity race.
Taking place on Saturday 16th June on Birmingham’s Fazeley Canal, 22 teams from the city’s business community will compete against each other in traditional 40 ft long Chinese dragonboats. The teams will be pitching their rowing skills on a course that runs from Pitcher and Piano at The Water’s Edge in Brindleyplace to the finishing post at the NIA.
All in aid of a good cause, the high-speed competition will raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital cancer unit to help mark the hospital’s 150th anniversary. Last year’s event, which supported the Children’s Hospital End of Life Care Team, raised a total of £38,000.
Sponsored for the second year by Deutsche Bank, the majority of teams have now been filled, with competitors including last year’s winner, West Midlands Fire Service and the best fancy dress winner, No. 5 Chambers.
If you are not taking part in the race but would like to join in with the festivities there is plenty more to enjoy including live music, a craft market, traditional Chinese lion dancers, art and craft workshops for the children, street entertainment, event hosting courtesy of radio station Free Radio and of course cheering on the teams!
10am – 3.30pm: Dragonboat Racing, Canalside
10.30am – 3.30pm: Street Entertainment
- Face painting
- Stilt walker and balloon modelling
- Arts and crafts workshop for all ages
- Bouncy castle
- Craft market
- Henna artist
- Nail painting
12pm: Chinese Lion Dancer, Central Square
12pm – 4pm: Thai Edge, Central Square
2pm: Chinese Lion Dancer, Central Square
3.30pm: Prize giving ceremony, Central Square
3.45pm: Chinese Lion Dancer, Central Square
6.30pm: Live music with Forty4 Blues Band, The Water’s Edge Bandstand