The organizers of the Kings Heath Street Festival, a major annual street festival in the eponymous South Birmingham suburb, recently confirmed rumours about the festival getting axed for 2017. The organizers of the festival made the confirmation on the first of September this year, merely nine days from the event’s planned date; Sept. 10.
The event was first held 3 years ago, in 2014, but only recently became a success during its second year, after 8,000 people from the local area attended for its street food, live performances and stalls. Since then, the festival has been rapidly growing and has become a notable draw-in for the locals of Kings Heath.
2017’s Kings Heath Street Festival was to be the fourth annual instance of the event, and was set to be held on the 10th of September, 2017, a Sunday.
But hopes for the event were dashed when a post on a Facebook Events page, attributed to Chris O’Neill, Kings Heath BID Board of Directors’ Chairman. The post stated that the board regrets to announce that the Kings Heath Street Festival for 2017 has been cancelled.
According to a follow-up statement released by the Board, they reached the decision to axe this year’s Kings Heath Street Festival after seeking out expert consultations from the several events and conference management groups, which include the following:
- Birmingham City Council Events Team;
- West Midlands Fire Service;
- West Midlands Police Department;
- Birmingham City Council Licensing Team, and;
- Kings Heath private security company, plus additional consensus from local businesses.
Further official info states that this year’s festival would require a new hostile vehicle mitigation plan, as well as extra security measures, stewards and events and conference management, which means additional costs and legislation to handle.
The Board states that it is their intention to continue the Festival in 2018, once they have a new layout for the event that covers legislature needs. as the Festival is well-loved in the local area.
As expected, local reception to the news has been negative, with a considerable number of local business owners crying foul over the cancellation, seeing the Festival as a key aspect of the Kings Heath community.