A shibboleth is a phrase, word or custom that uniquely identifies a particular group of people. Throughout history, shibboleths have been used as a kind of cultural password to demonstrate affiliation to a society and to increase group solidarity. In more recent years, a shibboleth may mean a local characteristic—something unique to a particular town or city. In this broader sense, it may be ‘outsiders’ who are better placed to make such observations. So, then: what are the shibboleths of Birmingham? This field study explores the city on a quest for these intriguing instances, with examples drawing from art, architecture, advertising, cuisine and the wider cultural fabric of the city.
Please dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for urban walking.
Organised by Still Walking
Date & TimeSat 16 Sept | 11am–12.30pm
LocationMeet: Outside Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, B4 6NH
The walk ends in Centenary Square
AccessThis walk is fully accessible. The event is an outdoor walk, expect uneven pavements, crossing roads etc.