‘What does my community mean to me?’ was the question posed to local young people from the surrounding areas of Birchfield, Handsworth and Perry Barr (within the Perry Barr Constituency) as part of a project created by the team at Birchfield Big Local in partnership with Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust (founded in 1995 by Grammy award-winning percussionist Lekan Babalola) to inspire and foster community spirit, funded by Heritage Lottery.
The answers, poems and illustrations given by the young people have been turned into a brightly painted mural – and booklet – to reflect what life is like from their point of view of ‘My Endz’.
With Perry Bar playing a key part in bringing the Commonwealth Games to Birmingham in 2022 – and millions of pounds worth of development on the cards to regenerate the local area – we are celebrating community heritage and what the term means to local residents.
Councilor Paulette Hamilton, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care and ward Councilor for Holyhead, will give the welcome speech and officially open the mural. Notable attendees are also set to include Father Bob (St Mary’s Church), Hector Pinkney MBE aka ‘Mr Handsworth’ and acclaimed ‘Godfather of Black British photography’, Vanely Burke.
Everyone is welcome to attend the special family day to find out about the history, values and priorities of people who live in the area and celebrate ‘My Endz’.
There will be light refreshments and entertainment on the day. Plus, pick up the limited edition ‘My Endz’ booklet as a memento.
The grand opening of the ‘Secret Garden Birchfield Community Heritage Mural’ takes place on Saturday, July 13 (1-3pm).
You can get to it through two entrances – 1) Grosvenor Avenue, (through the alleyway) and 2) Hutton Road.