Bid gathers community momentum

By on 29/04/2010 in Blog, Culture

As the UK City of Culture bid continues to gather momentum, Jeremy Shields explains how communities across Birmingham are getting behind the bid.

The more I work on this project, the more I meet people from communities across the city, the more I realise that Birmingham is united in its determination to be the UK City of Culture in 2013.

The Big Culture Blog perfectly illustrated that point.

The people of Birmingham have taken the bid to their hearts and the wide-range of responses as we looked at just 24 hours of culture in the city was nothing short of breathtaking.

Two events included in the blog were the St George's Day celebrations in Victoria Square and preparations for Vaisakhi celebrations in Handsworth Park.

I attended both events - in glorious sunshine - and it was fantastic to see people from all communities in Birmingham and the wider region coming together to have fun and celebrate.

Together with my colleague Veronica Coleman, I was of course promoting our City of Culture bid and there was an overwhelming surge of support from the people that we spoke to. Many said we deserve the title because the rich diversity of cultures within the city can set an example for other cities in the UK to follow.

A regular theme as we speak to individuals and community groups is that citizens are very proud of their individual cultural backgrounds but are equally happy to share in the celebrations of other cultures, with many people attending both Vaisakhi and St George’s day also having taken part in St Patrick’s day in March.

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