Commonwealth Cultures Celebrated This Summer at the Annual This Is My City Festival

Forming part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Cultural festival as part of the build up to the Birmingham 2022 games, the annual This Is My City festival, which celebrates the identity of the Commonwealth communities that settle in the UK’s second city, is set to reach its biggest audience yet with an incredible programme of events this summer.

The festival, which celebrates the unique culmination of a series of cultures and their evolution into British society though music, sport and food, takes place on Saturday 9th July 2022 at The Pavilion, Moor Lane, Perry Barr, in association with Birmingham City University.

All eyes will be on Birmingham this summer, with thousands of athletes and sport fans flocking to the city and its surrounding areas for the Commonwealth Games at the end of July. It could not be a more perfect opportunity for This Is My City to showcase the diversity of Birmingham.

Taking place at Moor Lane Pavilion in Perry Barr, a multi-purpose sports and community centre just minutes away from the city centre with lavish green fields where outdoor activities will take place. Visitors at the family day festival can indulge in an array of food outlets to showcase Birmingham’s established diverse food scene, including Caribbean, African, European and Asian cuisine.

If you’ve been left inspired by the Commonwealth Games, visitors can get in the competitive spirit by taking part in the sports activation zones, where games of hockey, squash, boxing, bowls, athletics and much more, will take place.

In the competitive sports zone, This Is My City will be running an organised Kabaddi competition and an open-air boxing show.

For keen runners, a 5k run series will also take place, in partnership with Birchfield Harriers, one of the most successful athletics clubs in the country. The series will include a 5k elite run, 5k fun run and a 5k corporate run.

Music fans can enjoy performances from local talent during the day. Headlining the festival this year is Creezone, an emerging artist from Birmingham.

“As chair of UCAN I am extremely proud to be hosting the This is My City festival in July. The festival is a real celebration of sport, food and culture and will provide the opportunity to bring the community together to engage in all the activities that the festival will bring. During the summer of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, it will be great to bring together the local community as members of the Commonwealth to a festival in Perry Barr to celebrate sport, food and culture. I would particularly like to thank our partners, including the Birmingham Commonwealth Association, Birmingham City University, Lakis Greek Kitchen (LGK) and Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club who have made the hosting of the event possible” – Mark Jeffreys – Chair, UCAN.

The family day festival is free to attend and commences from 10am – 4pm. The 5k run series has an entry charge in which will need to be pre-registered here:

This will lead runners to the Entry4sport portal in which that can follow instructions on how to register.  

The festival will be closed with the grand finale event: the black-tie premiere of the Queens of the Commonwealth documentary.

The premiere is a black-tie ticketed event costing £20pp, including light refreshments and snacks.

Tickets for the premiere of Queens of the Commonwealth can be purchased through the website:

For further information visit the This Is My City Festival site at This is My City Festival – This is My City Festival (