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28 June 2019

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to the Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news and events from Birmingham City Council.


Commonwealth Games


Birmingham and the West Midlands region will benefit from a £778 million investment to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the government has confirmed.

Plans showcasing the emerging design for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium have been published, and you can have your say, until 12 July.

Very hot weather has been forecast for the West Midlands region. Get advice and tips on how to stay safe.

Birmingham has been announced as one of five trailblazer authorities that will lead innovative action in the local community to tackle childhood obesity as part of a three year programme.

Birmingham has won a place on a new multi-million pound initiative to enhance the future of its parks and green spaces.

The council has published its charging order for Birmingham Clean Air Zone. At the same time, the council has confirmed that there will be a delay introducing the zone until July 2020 at the earliest.

Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT), the council's housebuilding arm, won Social Housing Developer of the Year' at the West Midlands Residential Property Awards on 20 June.




Experience the Cricket World Cup atmosphere at Birmingham's Fanzone, in Victoria Square, from 28-30 June. There’ll be big screens showing the match, food and drink stalls, plus entertainment and many more surprises.

Be Festival, at Birmingham Rep Theatre, until 6 July, brings cutting edge dance, theatre, circus and visual arts to Birmingham.

Calling all heavy metal fans! Home of Metal presents Black Sabbath celebrates 50 years of the group, at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, until 29 September.

Armed Forces Day community celebrations take place across the city on 29 and 30 June.

Have a sparkling time at this year’s Jewellery Quarter Festival on 29 and 30 June.

Hear performances from the very best jazz, brass, classical, folk, choral and contemporary young musicians at the Music for Youth National Festival 2019, from 3-6 July, at Symphony Hall.

Join Geese Theatre for their See The Full Picture play showing real stories of people who have faced multiple disadvantage, on 3 July.

The annual Colmore Food Festival will be back in Victoria Square on 5 and 6 July 2019, from 11am-7pm.

Enjoy the fabulous sounds of the Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival, from 12-14 July, in Moseley Park, and Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival, from 19-28 July, at a variety of venues.

Sample the best of the city’s cocktail scene at Birmingham Cocktail Weekend, from 11-14 July.

Birmingham Hippodrome’s Summer in Southside promises pop-up performances and free fun for kids of all ages on 13 and 14 July.

The Acorns Bubble Rush, in Cofton Park, on 20 July, will see hundreds of bubblers (also known as participants) make their way around a 5km course through reams of multicoloured bubbles. The soapy spectacular is being held to raise funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice. You can sign up here

Celebrate Birmingham’s rich cultural diversity at Simmer Down Festival on 21 July, from 12.30pm-8pm at Handsworth Park.

Have your say



Let us know what you think about the Perry Barr Highway Scheme. The proposals include the removal of the A34 flyover, the retention of the A34 underpass, the replacement of the A34/A4040 roundabout with a four-arm signal junction, and an extension to the A34 cycle route. Have your say here until 2 August.