Today I’m pleased to launch a new Creative Republic project for the summer. The project – titled Invisible City – has been designed as a championing of Creative and cultural achievements in Birmingham with the goal to promote these projects, people and events to new and wider audiences, breaking out of the many existing networks to reach new people.
The project came about from an idea for Creative Republic to organise and host the replacement for Birmingham City council’s previous Creative City Awards and has developed into a new programme of promotion for the creative sector. The format is quite simple, you can nominate people, projects and events into multiple categories, vote and comment on them and the resulting nominations will then be used to produce a book, video and final event to close the programme at the end of the summer.
The title Invisible City does not mean that everything nominated has to be hidden and unknown, it simply refers to the fact that everything is unknown (invisible) to someone and that the point is to introduce these things to new audiences.
It’s important that this project involves as many people as possible, so please blog, talk, write, tweet, shout, scream, sing, mime, rap, skywrite, engrave, photograph, illustrate, facebookify (not a word I know but it should be) and broadcast the site through your contacts. It’s quick and easy to register and get nominating. It’s the first year for this programme and we want people to help shape it for the future, so please feel free to get involved where you can. As the weeks go by and the nominations come in we will make sure we get out there to interview, film and photograph the people involved further, to put together as much information on the nominations as possible.