Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

STOP and Play!!! Ping in Brum!!

Will you be in Birmingham this summer?

If so, look below

…and make sure you go!

Ping! England will be hitting Birmingham with bats and balls between 8th July and 8th August!

Fancy challenging a handson stranger to a game of ping pong?


beating your boss at a game?

You have 4 weeks and 55 ping pong tables to make this happen!

Ping pong tables will pop up all over the city, from Moor Street Station to The Arcadian, and from Chamberlain Square to under the Spagetti Junction.

STOP and PLAY!’ The notice will say

Free for all! (just borrow a bat and ball!)

Having launched last summer in London, Ping! returns for round 2! Acompanied by The Ping Pong Parlour, a shop and ping-pong social club, presented in association with Fierce!

The shop will be open from Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 8pm, hosting a variety of unusal events from tournaments eg, ‘Brain vs Brawn’, to ping pong bingo, film screening s and ping pong parties.

Located at 37 Corporation Street, Birmingham City Centre

The picture below was taken of last years Ping Pong Parlour, situated just off Carnaby Street, Soho, London. (posted in an article by The New York Times)

Ping Pong Parlour

Not forgetting to mention the new addition, The Travelling Ping Pong Parlour, which will travel from London to Birmingham and Hull, to launch the events in each city.

The Travelling Ping Pong Parlour is a one-stop, pop-up table tennis social club that comes complete with table tennis tables, bats of different shapes and sizes, seating for onlookers to watch spectacular matches from – and has a window from which to issue refreshments to thirsty players.

The Travelling Ping Pong Parlour will drive from London to launch this years Ping! Brum on Friday 8th July!

You are all invited!!

The Location: Victoria Square

Date and time: 8th July, 11am-6pm

There will be games, bats of different shapes and sizes, prizes to be won and a spectacular match played by Team GB. The Coull Quartet will also for the first time, play a unique piece which combines table tennis and a string quartet, composed by Joe Cutler for the Cultural Olympiad.

Here is the Travelling Ping Pong Parlour schedule (if you arn’t in Birmingham at the right time, make sure you’re in one of the other cities on the dates below)

  • London, Various locations, 4th July – 10am-6pm
  • Birmingham, Victoria Square, 8th July – 11am-6pm
  • Leicester, Humberston Gate, 9th July – 10am-6pm
  • Nottingham, Smithy Row, 12th July – 11am-5pm
  • Sheffield, Sheffield Pride, 16th July – 1pm-7pm
  • Leeds, Victoria Gardens, 18th July – 12-6pm
  • Harrogate, Prospect Crescent, 19th July – 11am-6pm
  • York, Tower Gardens, 20th July – 11am-6pm
  • Hull, Queen Victoria Square, 22nd July – 11am-6pm

Meera Sodha, Ping! Project Manager says “Putting a ping pong table on the street gives people a change to connect with other people and the city around them – sunddenly everyone is talking, playing, smiling and having fun – it generates an enormous sense of well being. Last year’s event in London saw over 50,000 people play ping-pong and we are hoping that the people of Birmingham will enjoy it just as much.”

Designed by participatory arts organisation Sing London in partnership with ETTA (English Table Tennis Association), Ping! is sponsored by Puma throughout 2011, a company who love ping-pong. To celebrate the partnership Puma will launch a Special Edition, Ping! branded table tennis shoe called the TT Super.

Ping! is supported by National Lottery investment from Sport England, as part of its work to deliver a mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

2012 will see Ping! Hosted in London once again, as well as two further cities, just in time for the Olympics.