I found out this morning via The Stirrer’s Twitter feed that Birmingham is considering a bid for the City of Culture award – and Birmingham Bloggers are urged to show their support.

As an enthusiast for the cultural output of the city I have some mixed feelings – if it can be shown that such a bid – and a potential win – will lead to some real support for some of those that I would think of as cultural leaders in the area then I’m all for it, but I want to be clear that what we need to do is support and nurture what we already have in a sensible and organised way – not throw money at it blindly or spend millions on advertising campaigns that dont advertise anything in particular except some new brand or other nonsense jargon.

My recommendations for the organisations that deserve any additional recognition or support coming their way are:

Supersonic Festival

Fierce Festival

Birmingham Opera Company


Drop Beats Not Bombs

Flatpack Film Festival

Gigbeth Conference and Festival

Moseley Folk Festival

Birmingham International Jazz Festival

Birmingham Comedy Festival

Soweto Kinch

Project X Presents

The Hare & Hounds

and of course, The Rainbow!!!!

plus, a great up and comer: Mr Elephant

and Id recommend more support for the Moseley Festival – its already strong and undergoing a renaissance – with more assistance it could be a real jewel in the cultural crown.

Birmingham Blog

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