‘Key to the City’ Festival Arrives in Birmingham This Weekend!

For 6 weeks from 28 May anyone will be able to award the Key to the City to whomever they want, for whatever reason they want. Key holders will be able to explore private and intriguing places and spaces that they might not have happened on before, bringing a new perspective to the city. Keyholders will be able to access these locations until 7 August 2022. All 15,000 keys and their respective locks have been produced by security experts, Yale who are the official sponsor of Key to the City.

Locations include special access to 103 Colmore Row; Northfield Community Garden; ACME Whistle Factory; Green Lane Masjid and Ikon Gallery.

Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City was first seen in New York 12 years ago. Remounting it for
Birmingham 2022 Festival will reveal to a whole new audience, in an entirely different city, that
culture can still be a freely shared experience, whilst also highlighting the increasing privatisation of urban space.

The Key Exchange Ceremony site, located beneath the departure boards at New Street Station,
will be open from 11am – 7pm from 28 May – 5 June inclusive and thereafter from 11am – 7pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is no need to register in
advance, just turn up on the day. Arrive in pairs or solo to be partnered up to collect your keys – all locations are accessed using this single key. This is a FREE event.

The Birmingham 2022 Festival runs from March to September and Key to the City is one of
hundreds of events that will put Birmingham and the West Midlands’ creativity, ambition, heritage and diversity on a global stage.

The £12million festival has been generously supported by a range of funders with the aim of
animating the entire West Midlands with ambitious creative works, this includes major support
dedicated by Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Birmingham City Council and Spirit of 2012.

Main Image: Denise Lensi

For more information on Key to the City and Birmingham 2022 Festival – visit
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