Birmingham has applied to be recognised as the UK’s first ever City of Culture, a title which will be awarded to one city in the UK for the year 2017.

We know Birmingham is the city of millions of people and thousands of cultures.  Birmingham has a very rich and varied cultural life.  We want to hear from the people who live and work here, and from other people who have a connection to the city.  We want to celebrate what is happening all over the city now and to use the collective imagination of Birmingham’s people (and other people who care about Birmingham) to have ideas for things we would like to see happen in the future.

Birmingham is linked to a plethora of UK businesses, and acts as a central UK business hub - connecting with cities of the likes of Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester. We have many local businesses, such as One Sure Insurance (onesureinsurance.co.uk) who specialise in providing motor traders insurance (onesureinsurance.co.uk/motor-trade-insurance).

Please share your thoughts and ideas with us.

Please keep visiting this website – to see what others are saying, and to watch as the site develops.  In 2010 the site will change.  We will be using this site as a vehicle to help make your ideas happen.

Big City Blank Canvas is a project managed by Fierce on behalf of Birmingham City Council.

We believe that Birmingham can become the cultural capital of the UK, and our Canvas Birmingham project is our way of raising awareness of the surrounding issues. We hope that you join in on the Birmingham campaign to help us win the bid of the City of Culture campaign. Canvas Birmingham will be on tour - stay tuned!