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Birmingham Photographer – Summer in Southside 2019

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Summer in Southside 2019

Celebrating 50 years since the first moon landing, Birmingham Hippodrome’s annual free family festival Summer in Southside saw a record attendance of over 37,000 people, up from 11,700 the year before. The streets of Southside around the theatre were transformed into a lunar landscape for a whole weekend packed with performances, installations and extra-terrestrial antics from a list of ‘out of this world’ acts.

The festival expanded across new sites covering Birmingham Hippodrome, the Arcadian and Bullring shopping centre, transforming them into a lunar landscape, with a host of performances and activities from local and international artists, exploring the wonder and spectacle of Outer Space.
An asteroid, aliens and astronauts roamed the streets, there were also dance performances and a silent disco underneath Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ a spectacular seven metre model with detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface which hung over Arcadian square.

My favourite moment was during the ‘Heliosphere’ performance outside the Bullring when an acrobat hung beneath a huge helium balloon, noticed my camera below and descended right down to touching distance of my lens (picture below). I kept on focusing and photographing, getting a great picture in the process.

I was commissioned by The Birmingham Hippodrome to provide photographic coverage throughout the festival.

© Simon Hadley Photography
© Simon Hadley Photography
© Simon Hadley Photography