BIRMINGHAM says farewell to the Commonwealth Games tonight with a spectacular closing ceremony, full details of which have been kept under wraps, although it will feature a host of city chart stars headed by UB40.
But if it’s anywhere near as remarkable as the opening ceremony, which featured the 10-metre high snorting sculpture of a Raging Bull, it’ll be memorable.
You’ll have seen plenty of pictures of the bull, which has become a social media phenomenon, but here’s one that really has the ‘wow’ factor.
This 360-degree shot of Birmingham’s Centenary Square by award-winning city artist Amrit Singh, creative director at Rebel Creatives, stopped me in my tracks.
It includes the bull, the showpiece Library of Birmingham, Hall of Memory and other landmarks visible from the square, where huge crowds have flocked to see the iconic creature.
If you’ve yet to see the bull up, close and personal, don’t despair. Originally set to be dismantled after the Games, the hunt is now on for a permanent home for him.
More than 8,000 people signed a petition calling for him to stay, and Ian Ward, leader of the city council, says: “We consider this one of the top attractions in the city.
“Seeing residents and visitors enjoying the bull being in the city this week has been brilliant and enhances the need to keep the bull for longer.”
Tonight’s ceremony will include a new song inspired by Peaky Blinders theme tune, Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand, by Laura Mvula complete with actors from the stage dance production of the show.
There’ll also be appearances, either in person or remotely, by a cast including Apache Indian, Beverley Knight, Dexys Midnight Runners, Goldie, Jacob Banks, Jaykae, Jorja Smith, Ash, Mahalia, Musical Youth, Neelam Gill, Panjabi MC, Talulah-Eve, The Selecter and UB40.
To see more of Amrit’s art and photography, head to mrasingh.tv. You can also find him on twitter and on Instagram. My thanks to him for permission to feature his picture.
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