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ChocFest, our pop-up arts festival is coming to Bournville and Stirchley on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July, as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Through performance, visual and audio installations and workshops, ChocFest takes a fresh look at the cocoa trade, from the good intentions of George Cadbury to the darker side of chocolate production, and from cocoa pod to that delicious bar of Dairy Milk in your hand.

There has been a slight change to the programme since our initial announcement because we have sadly had a case of Covid amongst the performers

They are fine and everyone else is testing daily and remains Covid negative, but this means we’ve needed to make some adjustments to the our performance plans. 

All of the delicious food and drink will be available as planned, as will the workshops, exhibition and film and audio installations. We are however cancelling the two shows originally planned for Stirchley Baths and will just be performing twice daily at Bournville Village Green instead, as this is a more Covid secure environment.

 

Chocolate the Cabaret! will now just be performed at 1.00pm & 4.30pm on Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 July at Bournville Village Green –  all other times remain the same.

 

Moving our focus onto the Green, Chocolate the Cabaret! will now be a reimagined version of the show, taking marvellous moments from the planned 2 parts to create one fabulous feast for the eyes and ears, complete with original songs, music, comedy and a compelling narrative that takes a fresh look at the cocoa trade.

 

We do hope you’re able to join us on and around Bournville Village Green this Saturday or Sunday for what’s looking to be a spectacularly sunny weekend – let’s hope we and the chocolate don’t melt!

TBEs ChocFest From Pod to Bar - A Small Festival with Big Ideas in Stirchley and Bournville 09-10 July 2022

In collaboration with local communities and groups living and working in the vicinity of the Cadbury factory, as well as cocoa-growing communities and international artists from Ghana, ChocFest is a feast for the eyes and ears to get people meeting, talking and thinking all things chocolate!

ChocFest reignites and celebrates Bournville’s historic connection with Ghana, the Commonwealth country where Cadbury’s cocoa at the Bournville factory originates. At ChocFest’s not-so-soft centre is a new cabaret-style show, with music created in collaboration with celebrated Ghanaian singer-songwriter St Beryl, performed by Ghanaian-Romanian musician and artist Wanlov the Kubolor, much loved Midlands artists Graeme Rose, Amy Kakoura and Jill Dowse, with special guest appearances from renowned djembefola, Vieux Bakayoko and our community performers.

Follow the ChocFest trail map, designed in collaboration with children from Bournville Village Primary School and Deikrom D/A Primary School, Ghana – to navigate your way through our tasty weekend! Check out the performances, film and audio installations and drop-in workshops in and around Stirchley Baths, Selly Manor and Bournville Village Green – oh, and don’t forget to sample some sweet treats along the way, and maybe even a chocolate stout?

All free and un-ticketed. Suitable for ages 9 and upwards. Please note some sites are limited capacity and will be on a first come first serve basis.

Download your ChocFest Map via the button, or check out our timetables of performances and activities below. 

Please note – performances at Stirchley Baths have now been cancelled. Chocolate the Cabaret! will just be performed on Bournville Village Green at 1.00pm & 4.30pm daily.

In case of wet weather, keep a look out here and on our social media platforms for updates.

Feel free to bring a picnic blanket or cushion to sit on for the outdoor performance at Bournville Village Green.

We’d love to know what you thought about ChocFest!

ChocFest is a part of Birmingham 2022 Festival programme and as such the Festival is gathering everyone’s thoughts about the events to help shape their programe and work.

To complete the very short survey, please click here.

The festival has been designed in consultation and collaboration with a number of groups and organisations from the local communities living and working in Bournville and Stirchley, as well as the cocoa-growing communities from Ghana including:

  • Children from Bournville Village Primary School &
  • Deikrom D/A Primary School, Ghana
  • Amankwatia Cooperative Society Cocoa Farmers’ 
  • Leaf Creative Arts Memory Cafe and Rowheath House
  • Crunch Writers Group

Check out some of the artwork and images from the project below:

A Creative City Project generously funded by Research England, Trust Birmingham City Council and Feeney Charitable Trust

Supported by Bournville Village Trust, Selly Manor, Bournville Village Primary School, Deikrom D/A Primary School, Ghana, the British Council Commonwealth Connections and the University of Birmingham.

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