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

You have one final opportunity to be awarded a key before the project finishes on 7th August.

Fierce will be running a small version of their in-person Key Exchange near sites that you can unlock with your key:

Saturday 23 July
11am - 4pm
NAF Shop, Unit 36 - 38, Northfield Shopping Centre, Bristol Road South, B31 2JU

We have an extremely limited number of keys available on each day so we will operate on a first come, first served basis until they are gone.

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.

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.