Birmingham’s Markets Valued

Following last year’s July trial in July, we’re working with Friction Arts to open Birmigham Sunday Share every Sunday 7am to 11am from 17th February 2019.

Birmingham’s Sunday Share will return on a permanent basis on Rea Street South, encouraging the diverse community in the city to come together, chat, share, sell and take part in a range of activities supported by Friction Arts and the Active Wellbeing Society. These events are ideal for families who will be entertained with live music, games and arts activities, right in the middle of the Digbeth area of the city currently the focus of major regeneration.

Making fruit smoothies at Sunday Share July 2018

Birmingham’s Sunday Share is a very exciting initiative for us. During our intensive research to create a major archive featuring the now demolished Birmingham Wholesale Markets, it became clear to us that the old Bootsale which took place here was sadly missed by so many people. We are pleased that it returns on a more permanent basis and we look forward to welcoming families and friends once again.”

Sandra Hall, Co-Director of Friction Arts

When the Wholesale Market moved from the City Centre early in 2018, the old Sunday carboot on the premises closed, and the hunt for a new venue began. We found location large enough or willing to host a carboot market in the city centre. Friction Arts approached The Active Wellbeing Society, having heard about our Active Streets, with the possibility of running a market on Rea Street South, next door to the old Wholesale Market, on what is the most historic trading site in Birmingham, with over 900 years as a Market area.

The establishing of the New Sunday Share is bucking a national trend of the demise of street markets in the UK – on Ridley Road, ‘the disparity between commercial development and community interest runs deep.’ and the battle to save the Street Markets are ongoing in Brixton, Hackney, Goldborne Road and Shepherd’s Bush.

Street markets have an important social value as a meeting place for entrepreneurs and new arrivals to our city, and for everyone across Birmingham:

“It’s a place where people can hover and where they talk – it’s not somewhere where you are just in and out. It’s run by people, for people and where people go to see each other.”

Sandra Hall, Co-Director of Friction Arts

Find out more about:

Birmingham Sunday Share Active Communities

6th February 2019  |  Marcus Belben