Birmingham, let’s celebrate - there’s three years to go until Commonwealth Games 2022!

The countdown is well and truly on until the Commonwealth Games 2022 sprints into Birmingham – and to mark the occasion, there’s a huge celebration taking place in the city this weekend!

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The Commonwealth Social is a great chance for you lovely people of the West Midlands to join in the celebration of the upcoming Games! They’ll be food, they’ll be sport and they’ll be music – what else do you need? It will also be a first glimpse at the new Birmingham 2022 logo and branding, which has been created by working closely with communities from across the region to create something that is truly representative of the local people and surrounding areas!


Here’s everything you need to know about the Commonwealth Social!


When does the Commonwealth Social take place?

The celebration takes place on Saturday 27th July 2019 from midday to 7:00PM!


Where is it happening?

The Commonwealth Social will be hosted at the recently redeveloped Centenary Square in the heart of the city!


How much is it to attend?

Absolutely nothing – it’s a FREE event and with all this beaut weather we’re having this week, it’s the perfect excuse to grab your friends and family and head into town!


What will be happening at the Commonwealth Social?

This fabulous festival will be packed full of sport, culture, music and food – let’s show everyone just why Birmingham is one of the world’s most vibrant cities!


Big dining tables in the centre of the square will bring neighbours, international athletes, DJs, local community leaders, tastemakers from the region, local celebrities and those working to make Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games possible together for an afternoon of Commonwealth fun!


You lot can also 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.


It can’t be a celebration of sport without, erm, sport…so you can also get ready for a number of sports demonstrations as well as opportunities to mingle with Team England athletes.


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 we’re 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. We’ll also be unveiling our new ‘look’!


“Birmingham 2022 will be a world-class festival of sport and culture. It’s 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.”


Birmingham 2022’s 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.


All that’s left to do is to get yourselves down to Centenary Square from midday on Saturday – we’ll see you there!