Culture

Could you be Birmingham’s next Poet Laureate?

The Library of Birmingham, along with local writer development group Writing West Midlands, is looking for a talented poet to become Birmingham’s next Poet Laureate. Alongside the city-wide search for a successor to Adrian Blackledge, the hunt is also on for a new Young Poet Laureate to follow on from Serena Arthur. Anyone living, working […]

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Get your gardening gloves on – it’s competition time

Get your gardening gloves on for Birmingham in Bloom https://t.co/gB2chX4mJI #brum #localgov pic.twitter.com/8BHm5SWShS — Birmingham Newsroom (@BCCNewsRoom) July 5, 2016 Last year’s Birmingham in Bloom winners spill the beans on why thy love gardening The search is on for the cream of the council tenant crop, with the launch of this year’s Birmingham in Bloom […]

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Children’s libraries get a £250,000 makeover

Five Birmingham City Council children’s libraries have been updated with new equipment and furniture, after receiving grant funding of £250,000 to make improvements. The funding boost – which enabled libraries in Balsall Heath, Druids Heath, Kings Norton, Kingstanding and Small Heath to make improvements and finance educational projects – was awarded by the Wolfson Foundation, […]

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Taking Pride in Birmingham’s communities

As Birmingham marks Islam Awareness Week and prepares for the annual Birmingham Pride festival, new cabinet member for transparency, openness and equality Cllr Waseem Zaffar celebrates the contributions of these communities to the city. Cllr Zaffar said: “Birmingham is a fantastic, diverse, tolerant, warm and friendly city that welcomes people from all over the world and helps […]

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Birmingham scoops gold for ‘One Small Step’ at Chelsea

Birmingham City Council has scooped Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show for the fifth year running, in the Floral category, with a display that celebrates the work of local artist Willard Wigan and grass root sport. Head of Parks for Birmingham City Council, Darren Share MBE, said: “It is wonderful to bring home another Gold […]

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‘One Small Step’ to the Chelsea Flower Show

Birmingham City Council’s gold winning parks’ team celebrate the work of local artist Willard Wigan and grass root sport with this year’s Chelsea Flower Show entry – a display designed to inspire people to take the all-important step to becoming more active. ‘One Small Step’ uses Willard’s tiny needle sized artworks as its starting point […]

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City’s new cultural strategy set for approval

Cabinet is being asked to approve a new cultural strategy for Birmingham when it meets tomorrow (April 19). Once approved by cabinet, the document will then go forward to full council for adoption later in the year. It will form part of the council’s corporate policy framework. The strategy was developed through partnership working with […]

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Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday beacon

By on 15/04/2016 in Culture, Lord Mayor, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Raymond Hassall, will light a beacon on Thursday 21 April at 8.30pm in Victoria Square in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. Over 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas Territories and Commonwealth Countries to celebrate this landmark birthday. His […]

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Fruity addition to Sheldon Country Park

Friends of Sheldon Country Park, local students and residents have helped prune the new fruit trees at Sheldon Country Park’s 26 tree community orchard as part of a free pruning workshop put on by Helping Britain Blossom. The pruning workshop was Helping Britain Blossom’s second event at Sheldon Country Park as they recently provided fruit […]

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Birmingham prepares for St Patrick’s Day Parade

By on 08/03/2016 in Culture, News with 0 Comments

This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Birmingham on Sunday, March 13, when the theme will be the phoenix. The centrepiece of celebrations enjoyed by the city’s strong Irish community, the parade is organised by the St Patrick’s Festival Committee and supported by Birmingham City Council’s events team. The parade will set […]

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