Birmingham 2022 marked three years to go until the Commonwealth Games, by hosting the Commonwealth Social, a free family friendly public celebration, in Centenary Square at the weekend.
It was a celebration of everything we love about the West Midlands - sport, culture and food and despite the rain, it was a vibrant community festival atmosphere.
It was also an opportunity to get a first glimpse at the new Birmingham 2022 logo and branding, which has been created by working closely with communities from across the West Midlands to create something that is truly representative of the region and its people.
Community groups and performers, combined with a number of sports demonstrations from Team England athletes made the it a fantastic start to the 2022 countdown.
Josie Stevens, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Birmingham 2022: “Local people are at the heart of Birmingham 2022, they are what will make these Games truly special, so we invited people across the region to join us and some of our athletes to celebrate this major milestone. Birmingham & the West Midlands has a rich cultural heritage so what better to way to bring people together than to unite over a shared love of sport, food and live performances!
“Birmingham 2022 will be a world-class festival of sport and culture. It’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our region to show the world the fantastic culture and community spirit we have to offer. The Commonwealth Social is the start of creating a Games that will be a catalyst for transformation across the region.”
NEC Group will have a big part to play in Birmingham 2022, hosting 9 sports across the NEC, Resorts World Arena and Arena Birmingham.