Big Culture Blog a huge hit

By on 24/04/2010 in Culture, News

The team behind the UK City of Culture bid today thanked the people of Birmingham after an online project to chronicle 24 hours of cultural life in the city proved to be a huge success.

The Big Culture Blog saw organisations and individuals posting accounts of their cultural activity over a 24-hour period from 12noon on April 23 to 12noon on April 24, with thousands more joining in and enjoying a day of culture.

Over 5,000 people visited the blog and emails continued to flood in after the 12 noon deadline. The day's events and activities are still available to view retrospectively at  http://blog.birminghamculture.org

From visits to galleries, theatres and concert venues to meetings of books clubs and knitting circles, the Big Culture Blog, which is part of Birmingham's ongoing campaign to be named the UK's first City of Culture, makes for fascinating reading.

And, with final bids submitted next month, Chairman of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership Cllr Martin Mullaney believes people across the city have shown just how highly they value culture.

He said: “The Big Culture Blog has been nothing short of amazing. This was very much a step into the unknown and there was no way to predict what the response would be.

“What we've seen has been overwhelming. Communities, groups and individuals from across the city have embraced the project and taken the opportunity to show just how important culture is to the people of Birmingham.

“The blog shows that culture is about so much more than just works of art or performances. The diversity of culture in Birmingham enriches all our lives and the potential if we are named UK City of Culture in phenomenal.

“I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the blog for giving us an insight into cultural activity in Birmingham. This was just 24 hours so just think what we could do with a full year.”

ENDS

Click on the following link for more information about Birmingham's UK City of Culture bid. http://birminghamculture.org/

For more information call Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501 or 07920 750004

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