Over 1,000 get Inspired by University’s family fun day


Hundreds of West Midlands families have been treated to a day of fun, creative and sporting activities as Birmingham City University opened its doors for the second Inspired Family Day.

More than 1,000 visitors were welcomed onto the University’s City Centre Campus this weekend as experts handed visitors the chance to trial a number of hands-on activities, including drawing Roald Dahl’s Matilda, creating a theatre production with professional actors and programming their own video games.

Inspired Festival

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Other activities saw children and parents try their hands at presenting the news, having their photo taken in different locations using the professional standard green screen studio and laser cutting keyrings and jewellery, which visitors could take away with them.

The Inspired Family Day formally opened Birmingham City University’s annual Inspired Festival which showcases the end of the year project created by students graduating from the University.

The Festival, which will be open to the public until June 18, features artwork, designs, fashion and jewellery produced by students in the University’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

Sara Middleton, Associate Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, said: “The Inspired Festival is our chance to showcase to the public the innovation, creativity and skills that our students have developed during their time with us.

“It is also about giving young people their first taste of life at a university, and we hope that they not only enjoyed themselves in their time here, but that the experience also gives them some ideas about their future aspirations.”

Taking place in the University’s £62 million Parkside Building this year’s Inspired Family Day built on the inaugural event last year which saw hundreds of people visit the University’s Campus.

Other activities on the day included old-school sports day activities, a World Cup themed penalty shootout, 3D printing and samba music.

Following the success of the Family Day, the Inspired Festival is now open to the public at various sites across Birmingham City University’s Campus.

The University’s Parkside Building will host shows from its Schools of Visual Communication, Architecture and Design, English and Fashion and Textiles.

Further shows will be held at its School of Jewellery in Vittoria Street and School of Art at Margaret Street.

For more information visit www.bcu.ac.uk/inspired.

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