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Birmingham: a real city of culture?

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The REP, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EP

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In recent months, Birmingham has seen a surge in positive press coverage regarding its cultural offer - from museums to music, galleries to theatres, dance performances to pop-up festivals - Birmingham is the place to be. And last year more people chose to relocate to the city from London than any other city in the UK.

People are travelling from across the UK and abroad to sample the cultural offer of our city. But is this sustainable? Will the perception that the UK’s second city fails to deliver culturally be too hard to shake off?

Many will remember Birmingham lost out in 2008 as European Capital of Culture and then again in 2013 as the UK’s first City of Culture. With so many of our galleries, theatres and museums facing the ever-looming cuts to budgets, are we in a cultural bubble that’s ready to pop? Or is our city on the brink of a real cultural revolution that could positively change the perceptions of regional culture for generations to come?

Come and join the debate alongside a panel of cultural gurus and have your say!

We are pleased to announce that our panellists are:

  • Steve Ball, Associate Director, The REP
  • Anita Bhalla OBE, Chair, PBL THSH and Chair, Creative City Partnership
  • Laura Breakwell, Founding Director, Reel Access and Trustee, No.11 Arts
  • Ammo Talwar MBE, Founder Punch Records
  • Gary Topp, Director, Culture Central
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