Play the Mile

Play the Mile takes place across Culture Mile from 18 May – 25 August and explores the value of play and creativity in everyday life.


new outdoor installations

accessible to everyone, everyday throughout the Summer


new site-specific music commissions

bringing the unique architecture and history of the area to life


unique indoor venues and outdoor spaces to discover and explore


free regular performances and activites

to enjoy at lunchtimes, after work and at the weekend


free short concerts
in one weekend

spanning hundreds of
years of music at the
Sound Unbound festival


visitors to A Beastly Street Party, a free outdoor event

Why Play the Mile?

Major festivals

Bringing free performances into new and unusual venues for everyone to enjoy

Pop up play

with outdoor activities responding to the streets, building and architecture of the area

Play days

for families and kids of all ages every Saturday

Play as you go

with games and trails encouraging visitors to explore existing places and offers in new ways

Play sessions

inviting local workers and residents to meet, make, and celebrate the benefits of creativity

Map of Culture Mile events