Author: Stephanie Ademolu


A new artwork used to celebrate and showcase Birmingham’s ‘creativity, diversity and spirit’ has been unveiled in the city centre. Based in the heart of the city, the distinctive landmark created by Forward Together, which is inspired by Birmingham’s motto ‘Forward’ was made as a 13-metre steel silhouette of a line of 25 diverse figures working together to pull the city’s crest. Forward Together artwork in the city centre. The crest, being raised by these figures, also includes the quotes “No one is here without struggle” and “We all came here from somewhere” from ‘We Refugees’ by Birmingham poet Benjamin…

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The future of grassroots venues across the Midlands remain under threat of closure despite re-opening the music scene, according to a Birmingham music industry expert. Pre-pandemic there were about 197 venues within the West Midlands offering capacity for 9800 people, said the Birmingham Live Music Project. BLMP researchers claim Birmingham had a variety of live music venue types, ‘ranging from social and student clubs, all the way to large music venues like the Genting Area, but the most predominant are bars, pubs and small venues which take up 56% of the 197 venues in the area. Pictured at The 1975’s…

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