Comedy Festival is (second) best

What's On Readers' Awards

Birmingham Comedy Festival is the second best arts festival in the West Midlands, reckon readers of What’s On.

The long-running 10-day event was short-listed in the Best Arts Festival category, beating Birmingham Literature Festival, Fierce Festival, Flatpack Festival, Supersonic Festival and Coventry’s Godiva Festival. The category was won was Birmingham Weekender.

A spokesperson for the comedy festival said: “There are some incredible festivals in the West Midlands and the festival scene has grown significantly over the past few years, so to get nominated, and then short-listed was fantastic – but then to come Runner Up is really great!

“We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to 2015’s festival, from the myriad acts and venues to our many supporters and those who volunteered their time.

“We’d also like to thank all those who voted for us too.

“Unlike many of the other festivals on the short-list, we’ve never received any council or arts funding and don’t have an office or paid staff – yet Birmingham Comedy Festival consistently makes great things happen, attracting big names and encouraging new talent from the region. We’re very proud of our successes, and we see this nod as an acknowledgement, a validation …”

The What’s On Readers’ Awards were announced between 11-13 April 2016.

Several Birmingham Comedy Festival partners and contributors walked away with wins including Symphony Hall (Best Midlands Large Music Venue), The Old Rep Theatre (Best Small Theatre B’ham), mac Birmingham (Best Midlands Arts Venue Medium) and Mrs Barbara Nice (Best Midlands Comedian).

25,000 votes were cast.

The next Birmingham Comedy Festival is scheduled for Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2016.

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