Thank you Team Birmingham

By on 07/07/2010 in Blog, Culture

martin mullaneyChairman of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership Cllr Martin Mullaney looks ahead to next week's UK City of Culture decision and says thank you for all the support.

Next Thursday (July 15) is D-Day for the inaugural UK City of Culture title as the DCMS (Department for Culture Media and Sport) announces who will hold the title in 2013.

As we wait for the final verdict, I think it's vitally important to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped us shape the Birmingham bid. Your support and input has been invaluable and your efforts have done the city proud.

We may not always shout about our great city - that's probably not the Birmingham way – but this bid has brought tens of thousands of people together under one banner. We all want to the rest of the world to realise just how wonderful Birmingham is.

In addition to the wonderful cultural organisations people already know about, we've got the grassroots creativity needed to do the title UK City of Culture proud.

Perhaps more importantly, our bid has shown a real hunger and desire across the city for this title.

Our bid has been all about listening to the people of Birmingham. Our community engagement and consultation at major events alone reached a potential audience of 250,000. We also undertook a programme of visits to religious, cultural and neighbourhood groups.

Online we have worked extensively with the people of Birmingham through blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

Over 7,500 people took part in our 24-hour Big Culture Blog in April, while over 1,000 messages of support were seen by the judging panel as we pitched the final bid in June. That was a terrific effort and clearly illustrated the widespread support for our bid - I know it was certainly appreciated by the bid team up in Liverpool.

As I say this has been a real team effort.

I'm obviously keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for the right verdict next week - not just as chairman of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership but as a very proud Brummie.

Whatever the outcome though, thank you all for your input and support.

The UK City of Culture announcement will be made in Liverpool on Thursday July 15. Stay tuned for more details.

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