What if anyone could decide who has freedom to the city? What if everyone, not just the chosen few, could be recognised with the Key to the City of Birmingham?

The Key to the City is traditionally given by a City Council or Mayor to a hero or dignitary, symbolising that they have the freedom of the city. This Key to the City belongs to all of us - not just the chosen few - and we can award it among ourselves for any reason we choose.

For ten weeks this summer, be one of the thousands of Brummies to award someone the Key to the City - a ceremonial honour - but also a physical Yale key that will enable the recipient to explore private and intriguing places and spaces around the city that they might not have happened on before.

From private gardens to underground tunnels, a locked museum drawer to a panoramic view, the Key to the City sites will bring a new perspective to the city.

Key Exchange Ceremony

The Key Exchange Ceremony site, located beneath the departure boards at Birmingham New Street Station, will be open from 11AM - 7PM from 28 May - 5 June, then from 11AM - 7PM on Wednesday - Sundays until 10 July.

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. This is a FREE event.

These keys will grant access to 21 locations until 7 August 2022. Some of the exclusive locations include 103 Colmore Row, Ikon Gallery, Northfield Community Garden and Minworth Green Bridge.

Join Fierce's team of brilliant volunteers to bring Key to the City to life. 

If you are passionate about the arts - and want to play a vital role in creating an unforgettable cultural experience across Brum - get your application in today! Apply here.

Website: wearefierce.org

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Key to the City Proudly Sponsored by Yale.

Generously supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.