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City of Culture – Make Your Mark

Subscribe to RSS RSSWednesday, 4th November, 2009

The organising team behind Birmingham’s bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2013 has launched an interactive website urging residents to play their part.

www.canvasbirmingham.com which invites members of the public to share their ideas for the City of Culture bid.

If Birmingham is shortlisted, a formal bid must be submitted next year and organisers want the people of Birmingham to have their say.

Chairman of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership Cllr Martin Mullaney said: "Birmingham has always been an exciting and innovative city and we’re sure people across the city can play a significant role in shaping our bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2013.

"The most exciting element of this is that there’s no way to predict what will come out of the consultation. People can log onto the website and take us off in all sorts of creative and wonderful directions.

"The important thing here is that this is a Birmingham-wide bid – it’s not just about the council or the many high profile arts and cultural organisations in the city.

"We want people across the city to make their mark so individuals and organisations from the grassroots up can be part of the Birmingham story.

"If you have ideas, please log onto the website and share them. If you don’t have an idea at the moment but are interested in the process, log onto the website for inspiration."

Birmingham is one of 22 cities to have made an outline bid for City of Culture status and the deadline for the next stage – Initial Bids – is December 11.

A shortlist will then be drawn up in January 2010 and those chosen will have until 28 May 2010 to submit a full and final bid.  The winning city or place will be announced in the Summer.