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Three members of Allens Cross Community Garden on a community stage

Communities get creative!

Over 100 community groups across Birmingham are to stage their own festival events and projects as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival thanks to funding from Birmingham City Council.

The Creative City programme will see 107 community groups and artists get creative over the six months of the Birmingham 2022 Festival which accompanies the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The aim of the programme is to ensure residents and neighbourhoods throughout Birmingham are given a chance to play their part in the citywide celebration of culture.

Highlights include a large-scale mural created by the residents of Druids Heath working with the award-winning Birmingham artist, Mohammed Ali and in Small Heath Muslim teenagers will gather stories from their family histories to create a theatre show.

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Get Set drop-in sessions

Drop-in session for residents and business in Edgbaston. 14 April. Midlands Art Centre. 10:00 - 13:00.

We’re working hard to help you Get Set For The Games!

We’re hosting drop-in sessions in April and May for residents and businesses to ask questions about preparations for Birmingham 2022 in Birmingham city centre, Edgbaston, Perry Barr and Sutton Coldfield.

Come along to one of our public drop-in sessions and get all the information you need to 'get set', including temporary road closures and diversions, parking controls, access permits and more.

There's no need to register, just pop along and speak to a member of the Get Set team.

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Commonwealth puppies are growing up!

Commonwealth puppies Ellie and Fraser.

Earlier this year West Midlands Police (WMP) introduced a batch of five cocker spaniels who were born as part of the Puppy Development Programme to go on to work at Birmingham 2022.

The puppies were all named after past and present local sporting stars.

Since their birth last year, Ellie (Ellie Symonds) Jodie (Jodie Stimpson) Tessa (Tessa Sanderson) Fraser (Joe Fraser) and Tommy (Tommy Godwin) have all been out with WMP’s volunteer puppy fosterers who have looked after them until they were old enough to be assessed and move on to the next stage in their career as a WMP detection dog.

The puppies were recently visited at the WMP dog training centre where they were being put through their 12 month assessment. This is the point where WMP’s resident dog experts make a decision on whether they have got what it takes to become a fully-fledged police dog, working across the Birmingham 2022 venues and playing their part in the largest policing operation that WMP has ever conducted.

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Get your Diamond League ticket!

The West Stand at the redeveloped Alexander Stadium

The newly-revamped Alexander Stadium is set to welcome world 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith at the Müller Birmingham Diamond League on Saturday 21 May.

The British record holder over 100m and 200m will compete in the 100m distance at the £72million upgraded facility in Perry Barr.

The Birmingham Diamond League will be the first international event at the Alexander Stadium since its redevelopment ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

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Blossoming Birmingham

A lady taking a picture of herself by one of the new temporary blossom gardens in Birmingham city centre.

More than 50 blossoming trees have been installed in Birmingham city centre as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival

The National Trust has launched two temporary blossom gardens in celebration of the city’s botanical history and to inspire everyone to enjoy the fleeting beauty of blossom.

Part of Birmingham 2022 Festival, a six-month celebration of creativity which surrounds the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the blossom installations will be in place for six weeks and can be found at St Phillip’s Cathedral Square and Edgbaston Street, next to the indoor markets.

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Not just any summer job!

Not just any summer job. Details on jobs available by registering on

Thousands of summer jobs are available at Birmingham 2022! 

Over 20,000 contractor roles in security, stewarding, catering, cleaning, retail and logistics are some of the opportunities on offer to ensure the Games run smoothly. 

The majority of roles available don’t need formal experience or qualifications and full training will be provided.

Applicants must be aged 18 or above by 1 April 2022 and should register their interest to find out more.

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