UPDATED: Mon 13 February
New Gay Village Guide launched for Birmingham
Southside BID has commissioned a guide to Birmingham’s Gay Village with an aim of increasing footfall and generating more visitors to the area and follows the launch of the new website enjoysouthside.co.uk.
Available to the public this Saturday the 19th November the guide, produced by independent magazine publishers FUSED, features a comprehensive overview of the entertainment offer that this vibrant quarter provides to its visitors and includes features on the hugely popular Birmingham Pride, the fast-growing coffee shop culture and the history of the city’s Lesbian, Gay Bi and Transgender community.
Already visited by thousands each week the Gay Village has a thriving daytime community but it is when night time arrives that the area becomes truly alive. Award-winning bars and clubs host a variety of top-class acts, DJ’s along with a fair amount of famous faces.
Photographer Lee Allen was commissioned for a 10-page spread called ‘Meet the Village’. The piece offers an insight in to the diversity of age, gender and ethnicity of the Village patrons and party-goers.
The Village is nestled next to Chinatown and Theatreland in Birmingham’s Southside district, just 5 minutes walk away from Bullring and New St Station. Businesses are clustered around historic Hurst Street but the Village stretches across Kent, Bromsgrove, Bristol, Essex and Sherlock Streets, packed with some of Birmingham’s brightest, independent businesses.
With the best luxury and budget accommodation in Birmingham, coupled with a selection of amazing restaurants from around the world, bars, nightclubs and social organisations, there is everything on offer in the Gay Village.
Village business man, entrepreneur and Director of Southside BID, Lawrence Barton said: “As a proud representative of the LGBT community, I know we have so much to offer visitors from all over the country and overseas. We need to encourage people to come to this diverse district and show everyone how vibrant the Southside scene is.”
Manager of the Southside BID, Julia Chance, who commissioned the guide as part of Birmingham City Council’s ‘Backing Birmingham’ campaign said: “Not only is the Gay Village a relaxed oasis for all, LGBT or straight, where diversity is celebrated, it’s also packed with great independent businesses which offer excellent value for money and a unique service so often missing from the larger businesses and chains in the rest of Birmingham.”
The guide will be distributed throughout Birmingham as well as key cities across England to attract visitors to the area.