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Apache Indian appearing at the Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park July 2014.

Music and arts festival, with reggae at its core and a message of peace

Excitement is bubbling over for the Simmer Down Festival, featuring the best of Birmingham reggae talent. Roz Laws meets the headliners

A billboard ad for a Rover 800 car features in the 1987 video clip

Long-forgotten Super 8 film about Birmingham gets a new lease of life after being restored

Music promoter Dave Travis shot the Super 8 footage in 1987 while the whole area was being transformed

Prime Minister David Cameron

Growth Deal investment programme worth £350 million unveiled

Governments Local Growth Fund to support host of projects in Birmingham and West Midlands including new tram lines and advanced technology centre among many others

Professor Kathryn Moore

Reconnecting with countryside must be at root of Big City Plan

Birmingham City University professor Kathryn Moore has said there needs to be a more holistic proposal than the Big City Plan to make use of terrain like the Tame Valley and Spaghetti Junction.

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Local politicians glance across the Channel for the next 'grande idée'

Compared to a hotel bed tax, TBIDs sounded more enterprising, in both senses, and, as is being demonstrated, far more likely to happen.

The Lee Longlands store on Broad Street opened in 1932

Lee Longlands appoints Connect for store re-launch campaign

Wolverhampton agency will also carry out a brand overhaul for the Birmingham-based furniture retailer

Symphony Hall, The ICC, Birmingham, under construction in March 1990

How city bluffed Europe to build Symphony Hall

New book lifts lid on the methods used to finance construction of great concert venue

The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street

Owner left frustrated as police look into burglary

The Pickled Piglet in Gas Street was targeted by a burglar who broke in three times in one night and made off with around £900 in cash.

Artist's impression of 1 Arena Central

Plans in for first stage of £400 million Arena Central project

Long-awaited mixed-use scheme takes significant step with construction due to start in early 2015

Antony Sher with Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part I

Review: RSC screening of Henry IV Part I at Malvern Festival Theatres

Richard Edmonds reviews the RSC screening of Henry IV Part I at Malvern Festival Theatres

Birmingham's Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt's new tavern terrace part of £6m hotel revamp

A new bar terrace is the centrepiece of a major £6 million refurbishment of Birmingham’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Education Minister David Laws (left) and Education Secretary Michael Gove

Politics and rows as the Trojan Horse scandal descends into the mire

The not-so-tight-lipped row between Tory Michael Gove and Lib Dem David Laws over free schools and free school meals suggests a dysfunctional department .

A computer-generated image of plans for Arena Central

New Arena Central plans reveal urban meadow

Wide grassed areas in city centre scheme draw inspiration from High Line in New York City, architects reveal

Ranjit Boparan Singh

Midland firms celebrate Asian awards and rich list

Wednesday-based food supplier wins top prize as Midlands Asian Rich List also revealed at Birmingham ceremony

Birmingham City University, next to Millennium Point in Eastside

Eastside plans for HS2 college and Unite centre

A college for apprentices and a training centre for trade union Unite could provide another boost to Birmingham's Eastside area

Former manager of the Rocket Club Allan Sartori

Businessman stripped of land after Broad Street row ends up in court

Allan Sartori, well-known in the city for his management stints at Ronnie Scott’s and the Rocket Club, has been removed as the registered proprietor of the strip of pavement following a tortuous four-year legal battle with Laurence Reddy

Broad Street's Gatecrasher

Licensing chiefs to decide Gatecrasher's future over drugs and violence claims

Police asked Birmingham City Council to review Gatecrasher’s licence after complaining about stabbings, cannabis smoking and violence on Broad Street.

Cllr Mike Leddy, Lord Mayor of Birmingham; Jeff Lynne and Jasper Carrott, at the Library of Birmingham for Jeff Lynne's Broad Street Walk of Stars ceremony.

Stars turn out for ELO founder

ELO founder and frontman Jeff Lynne was awarded a star on the Broad Street Walk of Stars at a ceremony at the Library of Birmingham.

Jeff Lynne at Children in Need Rocks

ELO's Jeff Lynne: The lad from Birmingham who reunited The Beatles

Electric Light Orchestra legend Jeff Lynne returns to Birmingham to take his place on Broad Street's Walk of Stars. Paul Cole asks about his place in history

The Who Owns Central Birmingham report by GVA

Birmingham city centre is 30% foreign-owned - GVA report

4.3 million sq ft of commercial and retail space in the city centre is owned or part-owned by foreigners

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