University of Birmingham backs discussion series as part of Birmingham Weekender

The University of Birmingham is backing a new discussion series giving people the opportunity to discuss hot topics affecting the city of Birmingham with leading academics.

The discussions are part of Birmingham Weekender - a free festival weekend that sees Birmingham city-centre filled with performances from world-class musicians, dancers and artists.

Hosted in partnership with Culture Central, the ‘Can Culture Change the World’ series is hosted in coffee shops and venues across the city and offers participants the opportunity to join in the debate around arrange of themes.

Talks include Dr Dorothy Butchard discussing Birmingham’s aspiration to Smart City status, cultural geographer Dr. Phil Jones talking about using culture to understand our cities, Dr Melrose Stewart discussing how dancing improves the wellbeing of participants, and Professor Jenny Phillimore on the impact of migration and cultural diversity.

Find out more by taking a look at the full ‘Can Culture Change the World?’ programme.

• The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 5,000 international students from over 150 countries.
• Birmingham Weekender (22 – 24 September 2017) is Birmingham’s largest arts festival featuring a programme of free events from hundreds of world-class West Midlands and international artists and companies.