A live performance of Cliff Richard’s Birmingham-based 1970s film musical Take Me High and a Spaghetti Junction sculpture made from spaghetti are just two of the suggestions city bosses hope will propel the city towards a national culture title.
A total of ten proposals, all put forward by members of the public, have been packaged up as part of Birmingham’s bid to become the UK’s official City of Culture.
The suggestions are:
A Headbanger’s Ballet set to the music of Brum rock legends Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin
A Made in Birmingham Museum to celebrate the city’s great inventions from the Spitfire to the Cadbury’s Creme Egg
A recreation of tightrope walker Charles Blondin’s crossing of Edgbaston Reservoir in 1873
Spaghetti Sculpture – a model of the Gravelly Hill interchange made from real pasta and later immortalised in metal
Take Me High Live – where actors and singers travel the Gas Street canals and visit Alpha Tower in a re-enactment of the 1973 Cliff Richard movie
A Jewellery Quarter Treasure Hunt inspired by the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard
Culture Bash, a series of street parties from Sparkbrook’s Balti Triangle to Sutton Park to celebrate the rich variety of music and cuisine from Birmingham’s diverse cultures.
Big Urban Art Park, where derelict land and unused car parks are grassed over and turned into open air parks and art exhibition spaces.
Aurora Brumealis – the city’s own version of the Northern Lights as a night time procession of lanterns and illuminated hot air balloons fills the city skyline.
A Moving Performance – a series of monologues performed on bus journeys.