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Key Exchange at Birmingham New Street Station, 28 May – 10 July 2022


Access to Sites 28 May – 7 August 2022


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Key to the City has now finished.

For 10 weeks between 28th May and 7th August 2022 we awarded 15,000 keys to the public, which enabled over 50,000 people to explore 21 private and intriguing places and spaces around Birmingham and Solihull.

Thank you to everyone who took part. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Birmingham 2022 Festival presents

Key to the City

by Paul Ramírez Jonas
Produced by Fierce

Generously sponsored by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund
Proudly sponsored by Yale

28 May – 7 August 2022
Locations across Birmingham and Solihull

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?

What if this Key could open dozens of spaces around the city?

And what if all those spaces together created a portrait of Birmingham?

Key to the City is a project that turns all these “what ifs” into reality. During the summer of 2022 anyone was able to award the Key to the City to whomever they wanted, for whatever reason they liked. 15,000 key holders were able to explore private and intriguing places and spaces that they might not have happened on before – bringing a new perspective to the city.