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Bringing people together is one of the main aims of Birmingham 2022. In these strange and uncertain times, we’ve been thinking about how we can still do this under the current restrictions.

So, today, we’re thrilled to be launching ‘Dinner with Strangers.’

Dinner with Strangers will pair up 44 individuals to share a virtual dinner together, where they can chat and explore their similarities and differences, sharing their experience of lockdown and discussing their hopes for the future, all from the comfort of their own homes.

We are inviting people from across the West Midlands to apply for a chance to take part in a virtual ‘dinner date’ later this month, to help forge friendships and bring people together during this time of separation.

The event will be held across two consecutive nights, Wednesday 20 May and Thursday 21 May at 6pm, and will see 22 virtual ‘dinners’ take place. These will be recorded, and we’ll share clips and quotes from each conversation here on our website and through social media over the following weeks.

If you’re interested in taking part, please click here to find out more and apply.

Dinner with Strangers comes at a time when, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the nationwide lockdown is unsurprisingly contributing to feelings of social isolation and loneliness. We hope to help combat this separation and build virtual bridges between people from various walks of life, different generations, cultural backgrounds, or different parts of the region, helping them to form new connections.

Taking part in Dinner With Strangers will be Birmingham-based Mimi-Isabella Cesar, a rhythmic gymnast for Team England. Commenting on the upcoming event, she said:

This is a challenging time for everyone, and it’s important to still be connected to people.  Birmingham 2022 is something to look forward to  – and is all about bringing people together, something I believe has never been more important.

I’m really excited to be taking part in the event and I’m looking forward to seeing who I meet, what I learn, and meeting someone new. I think it’s great that we still have the opportunity to meet new people from different generations and communities in the West Midlands so that we can share our stories, even if it is over a video call. I’d encourage anyone interested to apply because who knows, it could be the start of a lifelong friendship.”

Dinner with Strangers is open to anybody who is over the age of 18 and from the West Midlands. To apply, simply complete an application form here. Applications close at noon on 13th May 2020.


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