BIRMINGHAM 2022 CELEBRATES THREE YEARS TO GO WITH THE COMMONWEALTH SOCIAL A FREE NEWS


BIRMINGHAM 2022 CELEBRATES THREE YEARS TO GO WITH THE COMMONWEALTH SOCIAL A FREE

With three years to go until the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022 is marking this momentous milestone in the countdown, to what will be a once-in-a-lifetime event, by hosting the Commonwealth Social, a free family friendly public celebration on Saturday 27th July 2019 from 12:00 – 19:00.



With three years to go until the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022 is marking this momentous milestone in the countdown, to what will be a once-in-a-lifetime event, by hosting the Commonwealth Social, a free family friendly public celebration on Saturday 27th July 2019 from 12:00 19:00.

Taking place in Birminghams recently redeveloped Centenary Square, the Commonwealth Social will be a fabulous festival of sport, culture and food with the people of the West Midlands at its heart, celebrating everything that makes this vibrant region special.

The Commonwealth Social is an opportunity for local people to join in the celebration of the upcoming Games, which will provide a unique opportunity to put the city and the region on a global stage. It will also be a first glimpse at the new Birmingham 2022 look and feel, which has been created by working closely with communities from across the West Midlands to create something that is truly representative of the region and its people.

Communal dining tables in the centre of the square will encourage visitors to pull up a chair and sit alongside their neighbours, international athletes, DJs, local community leaders, tastemakers from the region, local celebrities and those working to make the Games possible, and bring together the community to put their stamp on the Games in the way that only Birmingham can.

Attendees can expect to be wowed by pop-up performances from regional talent including dance groups, brass bands, choirs and world DJ sets. Local street food traders from Digbeth Dining Club will provide an exciting range of cuisine from across the Commonwealth, including Caribbean, Mauritian, Indian and British, encouraging local people to enjoy exciting new flavours from around the world. Each trader will also offer a special dish with 1 of its proceeds going to Foodinate, a not-for-profit organisation working to end local hunger. Foodinate forms partnerships with restaurants, venues and charities to provide meals to local people in need, and has provided over 100,000 free meals so far.

The day will play host a number of sports demonstrations including 3X3 wheelchair basketball and much more. Team England athletes from the region and beyond will be in attendance to join in the celebration and mingle with local people.

Josie Stevens, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Birmingham 2022: Local people are at the heart of Birmingham 2022, they are what will make these Games truly special, so were inviting people across the region to join us and some of our athletes to celebrating this major milestone. Birmingham & the West Midlands has a rich cultural heritage so what better to way to bring people together than to unite over a shared love of sport, food and live performances!

The Commonwealth Social is part of our three years to go celebrations which also sees us out engaging with people across the region in the ten locations where we have sports venues. Well also be unveiling our new look!

Birmingham 2022 will be a world-class festival of sport and culture. Its also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our region to show the world the fantastic culture and community spirit we have to offer. The Commonwealth Social is the start of creating a Games that will be a catalyst for transformation across the region.

Team England athlete Mimi-Isabella Cesar said: The West Midlands has a wonderful rich community spirit and the Commonwealth Social is the perfect way to bring the region together for one great day. What could be a better way to kick-start what is going to be an exciting countdown to Birmingham 2022? I am proud to be a part of Birmingham 2022 and I cant wait to get involved in everything the day has to offer.

Birmingham 2022s Common Ground project, which has been connecting communities across the West Midlands by inviting them to have a conversation about the Games and how Birmingham 2022 can benefit their community, will conclude at the Commonwealth Social with the reveal of an artwork that draws upon the thoughts, ideas and experiences of the communities that Common Ground has visited.

The innovative art-led research project has visited locations across the West Midlands throughout July, speaking to local people to better understand how the Games can make a positive impact for them and their community. Each Common Ground event produced an artwork drawn live by local illustrators Ruth Porter and Harley Davison, which serves as a visual interpretation of the conversations with the community. Those who participated in Common Ground will be invited to the Commonwealth Social for the reveal of the resulting artworks.

About the author
About the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held from 27 July until 7 August 2022, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to put the city, the region and its people on the global stage. The Games is already proving to be a catalyst for transformation across the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as accelerating projects that will ensure the region is ready to host a fantastic sports and cultural celebration. Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for everyone, bringing people together from across Birmingham and the region, to provide a warm welcome to its millions of visitors during the summer of 2022. Find out more at www.birmingham2022.com A British Sign Language interpreter will also be available at the event



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