The Green Heart Festival

In January 2019, the Green Heart opened, bringing 12 acres of parkland to the centre of the University’s Edgbaston campus. A communal space for students, staff and the local community to enjoy, it now provides a unique space for entertainment, socialising and studying.

To mark the formal opening of the parkland, the University is hosting the Green Heart Festival from June 2019 - May 2020. The year-long Festival started in June 2019 with a celebratory weekend of free activities, open to all, incorporating a prom, performances, interactive demonstrations and much more.

Over the following 12 months, we are working with students, staff, community groups and partners to deliver a series of events in the Green Heart that reflect the seasonal changes in the space. With a strong link to the University’s research and education, the Festival is developing a creative and innovative experience and legacy that will live beyond 2020. We need your help.

The Green Heart Festival is split into four themes, aligned with the seasons:
 Summer Celebration
 Autumn  Change
 Winter  Illumination
 Spring  Hope

Colleges, students, research groups and staff from all areas of the University are invited to bid to deliver an event as part of the Festival. The bid will need to demonstrate a connection to the chosen theme, and articulate how the particular event will be delivered, what its objectives are and who the audience is. Most importantly, we want you to use your imagination and creativity to make this the most diverse and creative year the University has ever seen.  All bids will be considered by the Green Heart Task Group and an academic reference group.

What you choose to do is up to you - whether it’s a wildlife walk, a performance, a workshop, a film screening, an exhibition or an interactive session, there are plenty of ways in which you can be part of the Green Heart Festival. Staff with ideas should complete the form below, while students can use a separate form and may be eligible for funding. If you have any questions, or want to run an idea past us, please contact

This year, the University’s Arts & Science Festival will run alongside the Green Heart Festival throughout the year, drawing on the Festival themes. If you are also interested in submitting an event for Arts & Science Festival, please email


  • Name
  • Target audience (tick all relevant)
  • Which season will your proposed event be hosted (tick one)
  • Is there a research connection to this event?



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