Jewellery Quarter goes for gold with Olympics screening

From Rio to Birmingham.

This year Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is bringing a slice of Rio to the Golden Square with a screening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony. With 203 countries represented, the ceremony is set to be as colourful and spectacular as the carnival Brazil is so famed for.

With the ceremony getting under way at midnight GMT on the evening of Friday 5th August, the Jewellery Quarter BID has worked with Elonex to place a large screen on the Golden Square, so that sporting fans, residents of the Jewellery Quarter and beyond can come and enjoy the spectacle.

In the run up to the opening ceremony there will also be a selection of films screened from 1:30pm including the aptly named Rio and fan favourite Space Jam. During the afternoon showings, the Birmingham Play Care Network will be putting on a variety of child-friendly activities to get your little ones fully into the carnival spirit, and Olympic high jumper, Tom Parsons, will be on hand to encourage and inspire a new generation of Olympic athletes.

Moving onto the latter part of the evening, Titanic Love will lead the way. This was filmed and set within the Jewellery Quarter itself and local filmmaker, Mark Pressdee, will be introducing the film on the night, followed by Chariots of Fire.

The final film of the night will be fan favourite Cool Runnings and will be ready to gear the crowd up for the opening ceremony at midnight.

Throughout the night, there will be a limited number of picnic blankets available for hire for £10 to ensure spectators get settled in, and we encourage everyone to head on down to the square, bring a picnic and enjoy the free line-up of films before the main event.

The screen will continue to show a variety of Olympics events throughout the weekend between 12:30-19:00. For more information, visit: