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"The festival can seriously claim to be the most internationally significant visual arts event taking place in the West Midlands this year"

Terry Grimley, Birmingham Post


The 2010 Festival has now finished...
Download the Festival Programme here The 2010 Festival took place over the Bank Holiday weekend of 27th - 30th August. The programme included events, exhibitions, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, talks, fairs and a fascinating array of attractions for anyone interested in glass. Click the image to download your copy of the programme

It concluded on Monday evening with a Finale celebrating the African culture, the main theme of this year's festival.
You can click the image (right) to DOWNLOAD the Programme. It is a full colour 16 page PDF file that, depending on your connection speed, may take several minutes to download.
or you can download the Booking Form only by clicking here:

You can download a printable schedule for each day of the festival to help you plan your day(s). Click the link next to the day you require:
FRIDAY 27th August:
SATURDAY 28th August:
SUNDAY 29th August:
MONDAY 30th August:

The British Glass Biennale 2010 BRITISH GLASS BIENNALE
The winner of this year's Biennale is: GAEA TODD for her piece 'Reverberations' selected by the distinguished Jury panel, from 96 glass pieces by 62 artists (including 9 students) from an initial entry of 449 pieces. These artists are exhibiting alongside 19 invited established makers. A full list of artists is available on the separate Biennale website. Click the Biennale logo to visit the website to see all relevant information.

(click the FESTIVAL EVENTS link in the lefthand menu to see details)

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A great range of events for glassmakers, designers and students including:
    A Symposium at University of Wolverhampton (on Friday 27th),
    Glass 'PechaKucha', a CGS networking event (on Sat. 28th)
    and great a choice of
    Masterclasses (23-26 Aug.) all of which can now be booked
    (click the link in the left hand menu to discover more).
There are classes for all levels of experience offered by exponents of many of the disciplines of the glassmaker's art from all around the world, taking place over four days prior to the festival at three venues.

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The third International Festival of Glass was hailed as the best yet with more events, more venues and more visitors than the previous two festivals. Around 15,000 people enjoyed a huge programme of events, demonstrations, talks and activities. Featuring world class exhibitions, including the prestigious British Glass Biennale, demonstrations, performances and events, the festival presented a multi-media, visually exciting and dynamic celebration of the glassmakers' art. This year's festival aims to build on this success and we hope you will join us for a wonderful celebration of the glassmaker's art.

Want more information? Want to get involved? Want to volunteer?

    Please email us and as soon as we have finalised plans we'll get back to you so that YOU will have information BEFORE anyone else.
Keep your diaries clear for the week prior to and including August Bank Holiday weekend (27th to 30th)

The Redhouse Glass Cone is one of the key venues of the festival This year international masters from as far afield as Argentina, USA, Ghana and China will lead masterclasses in the week prior to the Festival for professional designers, makers and students; the British Glass Biennale is open until mid-September in the vast and dramatic shell of one of the areas most famous glasshouses while glass and other craft studios across the region welcome visitors at Open Studios to watch skilled artists and try your hand at one or two of the extraordinary range of craft skills. Once again you will be able to enjoy a stimulating experience in 2010 in and around the Glass Quarter of Stourbridge and furhter afield.

The whole family can join in many of the workshops and throughout the festival there will be opportunities to take part and have fun with traditional food, real ale, street entertainers, music and dance, fascinating talks, dramatic glassmaking demonstrations, retail opportunities and many other events. Click the image below for a PDF download of a 2008 Festival Review.

a montage depicting the stunning festival finale with Egyptian musicians and Sufi dancers

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