The Green Heart Festival

The Green Heart is transforming the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus. The 12 acres of parkland is a communal space for students, staff and the local community to enjoy, providing a unique space for entertainment, socialising and study. We want to celebrate this space in the form of an ambitious year-long festival, which will involve students, staff, partners and the local community. 


Celebrations will start with the family-friendly launch weekend from 7th to 9th June 2019, with free activities, open to all. There will be a prom, performances, activities demonstrations and much more and you can book your free ticket online.

Over the following 12 months, we want to work with students, staff, community groups and partners to deliver a series of events in the Green Heart that reflect the seasonal changes in the space. With a strong link to the University’s research and education, the Festival will develop a creative and innovative experience to develop a legacy that will live beyond 2020.

The Green Heart Festival will be split into four themes, aligned with the seasons:


Get involved

We want students, academic research groups, staff and partners from across the University to put forward their proposals to deliver an event as part of this festival. It might be a one-off event, or a series.

Your bid will need to demonstrate:

  • A connection to the chosen theme; celebration, change, illumination or hope;
  • How the event will be delivered in the Green Heart;
  • What the objectives are;
  • Who the audience is;
  • How funding, if appropriate, will be sourced.

These bids will be considered by the Green Heart Festival Task Group and the Green Heart Festival Academic Reference Group.

What you choose to do is up to you, it might be:

  • A wildlife walk;
  • A performance;
  • A workshop;
  • A film screening;
  • An exhibition;
  • An interactive session;
  • A seminar;
  • An immersive experience;
  • Something completely different.

Using the form on the intranet, tell us all the information of your event and we will work with you to make it happen as part of the Green Heart Festival. 


The Green Heart will be a significant event in the history of the University of Birmingham, and we are keen to partner with organisations that can provide funding to support its success while strengthening our relationship with them and enhancing their profile. Contact us for more information.

Further information on the Green Heart

To find out more about the Green Heart project, check out our website, blog and Twitter feed, or send us an email.