Birmingham is Britain's second-largest city and is famous for its network of canals, which are said to be longer than those in Venice or Amsterdam
Birmingham is home to many cultural institutions including, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Repertory Theater, the Library of Birmingham and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. The city has a thriving and vibrant art, music, literary scene
The Midland Metro tram line extension, which now runs through the heart of the city, has been important in the regeneration of the City and its transport infrastructure.
The Custard Factory in Digbeth, which was built by Alfie Bird to produce Bird’s Custard in 1906, is now a hub for digital start-ups, creative and boutique agencies and is a thriving and modern part of the city with events and the famous Digbeth Dining Club.
The Mailbox is Birmingham's iconic shopping and lifestyle destination with upmarket stores such as Harvey Nichols and is also is the national headquarters of BBC English Regions and the headquarters of BBC West Midlands and the BBC Birmingham network production centre.
People from Birmingham are sometimes referred to as Brummies, a term derived from the city's nickname of "Brum", which originates from the city's old name, Brummagem.