Birmingham’s Big Ideas

By on 15/03/2010 in News

Some of the suggestions Birmingham residents have put forward as part of the city's bid to be the first UK City of Culture in 2013 in a new brochure Big Ideas Brochure (pdf).

The brochure forms the centrepiece of an imaginary festival for the year long celebrations.

The city recently reached the shortlist for the much coveted title and is competing with Sheffield, Derry and Norwich. The winning city will be announced in June.

Birmingham's bid involves seeking the ideas of everyone in the city through the Big Blank Canvas website, at, where residents can post their suggestions of what they want to see happen should Birmingham be crowned the UK City of Culture.

The Big Blank Canvas has had a huge response with hundreds of ideas already put forward.

Those chosen to form part of the fantasy festival - which gives a glimpse of what Birmingham might host in 2013 - include a Headbanger's Ballet, mixing heavy rock with ballet, and seeing high-wire artists walking over Edgbaston Reservoir.  A city-wide Culture Bash further brings together all cultures for a day of eating, drinking and dancing, with a host of street parties taking place all over the city.  A Jewellery Quarter Treasure Hunt, inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard of gold, further adds to the exciting mix of ideas.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Chair of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said:

“We want to be the UK City of Culture and we want everyone in Birmingham to get involved.  The Big Blank Canvas has proven to be extremely popular because people know that their ideas can make a real difference to the city's final bid.  The Birmingham's Big Ideas brochure is a terrific chance to see how those dreams were thought up.”

Cllr Ayoub Khan, Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety,added:

“We have had a great response from the public so far about what they want to see in their neighbourhoods, but now we are on the shortlist we want to see even more ideas coming forward.

We hope that this brochure and its ideas inspires everyone to look at Birmingham and see the huge amount it has to offer as a vibrant and creative city.”

Members of the public will be able to pick up their own copy of Birmingham's Big Ideas from Leisure Centres, Neighbourhood and Housing Offices and libraries.

Members of the public can submit their own ideas for the UK City of Culture 2013 by logging onto


For further details please contact Lorraine Donovan on 0121 303 0458, or Nick Britten on 07770 382101.

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