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12 July 2019

Birmingham Bulletin

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


Centenary Square


Centenary Square – one of Birmingham’s flagship public spaces – has officially opened to the public following a makeover.

A pioneering scheme that closes roads around schools to motorised traffic for up to an hour at the start and end of the school day is being piloted in Birmingham from this September.

Work has begun on preparing a detailed bid to the Government’s Future High Streets Fund which could help transform Erdington.

Birmingham City Council is one of 29 local authorities chosen to pilot a scheme that will help local councils recover unpaid council tax.

One of the UK's largest environmental and engineering consultancies has been appointed to lead a review of the city’s waste service as part of the effort to best meet the needs of Birmingham citizens.

As part of its ongoing improvement journey to ensure residents are served in the best possible way, the council is proposing to appoint a number of non-executive advisors.

Birmingham City Council’s Chief Executive is stepping down from her role to take up a new position as Chief Executive of Christchurch City Council in New Zealand.

The council is in talks to officially designate Birmingham as the first “Tree City” in the UK. 


Commonwealth social


It’s officially 'three years to go' until the 2022 Commonwealth Games is held in the city. A free, family-friendly celebration event the ‘Commonwealth Social’, takes place on 27 July, from 12-7pm, in Centenary Square, highlighting the region’s sport, culture and food.

Families across Birmingham can now register for the free Happy Healthy Holidays this summer, where children, from 5-16 years old, can learn to cook and get active.

Get ready to sing your heart out at this year's Brindleyplace Film Festival, from 15-21 July, with the biggest musical blockbusters. The film festival is free of charge – and no tickets are required.

Lean in a little bit closer for Tilt – the UK aerial and physical theatre festival – from 15-21 July, in Digbeth.

There’s so much to listen to at the Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival, from 19-28 July, at a variety of venues.

Enjoy a state of independence at the Independent  Birmingham Festival, on 20 and 21 July, at Aston Hall, with pop-up restaurants, cocktail bars, street food, independent retailers, and more.

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

Enjoy the lilting sounds of Birchfield Jazz Festival, on 26-27 July, featuring a range of artists, including Handsworth Community Choir.

Big John’s Birmingham Mela,in Cannon Hill Park on 28 July, celebrates the diversity of the South Asian Community in Birmingham through its culture, food, sport, art and entertainment.

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