PoliNations Programme Announced

A celebration of cultural diversity in the UK taking place in an urban oasis


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Today, Trigger Collective has announced the programme for PoliNations, a super garden of
magical proportions taking over Birmingham’s city centre for 17 days this September.
Commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, PoliNations will roll out in the final
month of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. The Co-Directors of arts organisation Trigger, known
for its bold and inclusive live events, and who have been working with a wide-range of creative
partners, said the programme would be “a proud celebration of cultural diversity in the UK
through the lens of British horticulture”.

Inspired by the fact that the majority of plants in our city gardens come from overseas,
PoliNations will celebrate the cross-pollination that has shaped British culture. Across two
spectacular long weekend festivals, a community planting weekend, and a daily programme of
inspiring activity, PoliNations will present artist commissions, talks, workshops, garden tours,
and performances spanning live music, spoken word, dance, and drag. All events will be free
and open to everyone

Taking place in Birmingham, one of the most multicultural, creative and green cities of the UK,
which has ‘Tree City of the World’ status, PoliNations will highlight stories of migration shared
by plants and humans alike. The epic programme will shine a light on our differences,
similarities, roots and freedoms.