Practical Info

In 2022 the Creative Cities Convention is being held in Birmingham.

Hosted by renowned journalist and broadcaster, Kirsty Wark, the event, which takes place over two-days, is the perfect meeting place for media people to discuss and debate the industry while getting valuable insights from a speaker programme of experts.

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The Creative Cities Convention takes place at Fazeley Studios, Digbeth:

  • Thursday, April 28, from 5.30pm – 7.30pm (followed by networking drinks nearby at the Factory Works)
  • Friday, April 29 from 9.00am – 3.30pm

Conference address: Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE

Networking event address: Factory Works, The Custard Factory, Floodgate Street, Digbeth B5 5SU


We are asking everyone attending the conference to make every effort to take lateral flow tests on the morning of the conference and not attend if they test positive.

The venue has the same policy with its staff.

There will be hand sanitisers placed around the venue.



Where to stay?

Hotel prices vary in Birmingham, like most major cities, but booking in advance can get you a better deal. Birmingham and the West Midlands Convention Bureau have arranged special rates for delegates, please click on the link below for more information:

Book accommodation here

Getting to Birmingham

Birmingham is incredibly easy to reach. Right in the centre of England, it’s well-connected by road, rail and air. Digbeth is a 15 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station.

By Rail

There are three city centre rail stations providing fast and frequent connections to both local and national destinations.

New Street Station is at the hub of the National Rail network with fast and frequent services to London’s Euston station and many other major towns and cities across the UK. Services to London Marylebone are served by Moor Street Station (next to the Bull Ring) and Snow Hill Station (in the Colmore Business District). All 3 stations are well served by bus or parking facilities.

Birmingham International Station sits right alongside the airport and National Exhibition Centre; providing a ten-minute direct link to the city centre for air passengers.

West Midland Trains operate two railway brands for and to the Midlands, the North West and London - West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway.

Birmingham is one of the key stations on the Avanti West Coast Line, making it easy to get to from wherever you are in the UK. Find the most popular direct routes here.

Trains from London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street depart every 30 minutes via Chiltern Railways.

By Road

All roads lead to Birmingham - well almost. It’s certainly an easy place to drive to no matter where you’re coming from. Set at the heart of the UK motorway network, it’s linked by the M5, M6, M40 and M42 while the A34 and A38 further add to your options and the M1 is less than 30 minutes away. The M6 Toll Road adds another choice (while also helping to keep through traffic away from city centre at peak times).


The main Digbeth car park is Trinity Street: 49 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AL. This uses the JustPark app for paying (138 spaces including disabled parking bays.)

Other options include:

North Yard Car Park, Gibb Street Birmingham B9 4AA (20 spaces, including disabled parking bays.)

Gallan Parking, Bordesley Street, B5 5BL (110 spaces)

By Coach

As Birmingham is so well connected by road, it’s easy to reach by coach and there are a wide range of services calling at Birmingham Coach Station in Digbeth, just a few minutes from the city centre. For example, National Express links Birmingham to 500 locations in Europe and 1,200 destinations in Mainland Britain. There’s also an hourly-service to and from London Victoria station and great links to airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, East Midlands, Stansted and Luton.

By Air

Birmingham Airport welcomes more than 50 airlines from over 100 destinations. It’s home to plenty of low cost carriers so there are great money-saving deals to grab.

Located next to the M42 motorway and main line rail network it couldn’t be better connected.

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