That was 2012!

John BishopIn a year where many established festivals found themselves floundering or folding, Birmingham Comedy Festival had a great 2012!

The long-running independent arts festival attracted an impressive 47,000 people, thanks to such headlining acts as John Bishop, The Hairy Bikers, Seann Walsh, John Cooper Clarke, Josh Widdicombe and others.

The ten-day festival took place between Friday 5 and Sunday 14 October 2012 at venues across Birmingham, including The NIA, New Alexandra Theatre, The Glee Club, Old Joint Stock, Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham Town Hall, mac and 02 Academy Birmingham. There were in the region of 100 performances, spanning not just stand-up comedy, but also film, workshops, spoken word, visual art and music.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “The recession, bad weather and Olympics were cited as having a serious impact on the UK festival marketplace, but we had a great year with some great audiences.”

Since the first event in 2001, Birmingham Comedy Festival has established itself as one of the biggest events in the West Midlands’ arts calendar.

Next festival: Friday 4 to Sunday 13 October 2013

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BELOW: Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre plug their Birmingham Comedy Festival appearance at Old Joint Stock Theatre on 11 October 2012.