The third annual BIDS Jewellery Quarter Festival is back this summer, bringing with it a taste of something quirky and a little bit different in Birmingham. Organised by the Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (JQBID) and supported by local businesses, JQ Festival 2017 will be hosted over the weekend of 28-30 July with free activities, entertainment and opportunities to discover why today’s Jewellery Quarter is the place to live, learn, work, visit and invest
JQ Open Studios
For the third year running Jewellery Quarter makers, designers and artists will be opening their workshop and studio doors and inviting you to come inside and see what they do.
Running alongside the Jewellery Quarter Festival, this year’s line-up will include 3 art galleries, a mini film festival, a new lighting range and three breweries alongside jewellery designer makers demonstrating their craft.
Local tapestry maker Tina Francis is the Jewellery Quarter Open Studios Coordinator and is responsible for curating the trail every year: “Whilst the Jewellery Quarter is famous for its metal trades, there’s a growing number of makers that are starting to call Jewellery Quarter their home. The makers benefit from working in a vibrant community which is always wanting to help each other with advice and support. Birmingham used to be called the City of 1000 Trades and whilst we may no longer be able to make that claim a visit to Jewellery Quarter Open Studios will demonstrate that craftsmanship is alive and well in the UK’s second city.”