“We feel that now, more than ever, is a time to find more opportunities to talk and be with our neighbours, to celebrate our common values and openly acknowledge, discuss and respect our differences.” The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham

Something Good began as part of Birmingham Cathedral’s 300th anniversary celebration in 2015. Working with artists and communities of all faiths and none across the city, a three month programme of creative activity culminated in a spectacular and moving two day, outdoor arts event in Cathedral Square. Something Good included artworks by visual and graffiti artist Mohammed Ali, poet Mandy Ross, artist Jake Lever and artist inventor Gijs van Bon, together with performance of Skyline Symphony by sound designer and composer Dan Jones, at dawn, solar noon and dusk.

Something Good was developed through a creative lab process, led by artistic director Orit Azaz, and was funded by Jerusalem Trust, Arts Council of England, Birmingham City Council and Westhill Endowment (a local private trust, who funded Soul Boats).

Here’s a short film about Something Good 2015

of us

What is it and how you can take part?

Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December

As winter approaches, we invite you to take part in a unique creative experiment. We’re asking you to answer one question a day for five days and find out how others in your neighbourhood feel as well.

In 6 different locations, you will be able to find a voting box. There is a question displayed on this box, which you can answer by pressing one of three buttons. The question will be changed each day, for five days. All questions are about how you are feeling at this time of year and the results will be shared in public from dusk onwards on large display boards – use your phone camera flash or torch to find out how people in your neighbourhood are feeling today.

Saturday 3rd December Cathedral Square,
4pm – 8pm

Come and see the whole city story in the form of a beautiful outdoor illuminated artwork by Redhawk Logistica.
Fill in the gaps, tell us the questions you would like to ask in your neighbourhood, have a warm drink and some food by Langar Aid (by Khalsa Aid) and help us create the first ever ‘measures of us’ questionnaire for Birmingham.

Something Good (measures of us) is created through a collaboration between Orit Azaz, Redhawk Logistica and Lisa Koeman on behalf of Birmingham Cathedral, with churches and individuals of all faiths and none.


The questions have been selected by people from different faiths, backgrounds and parts of the city. We are collecting suggestions of other questions that you would like to ask people in your neighbourhood or people who live in other parts of Birmingham.

Mon 28 Nov

Tue 29 Nov

Wed 30 Nov

Thu 01 Dec

Fri 02 Dec

People’s Responses

You can see the responses below.

Red = agree
Silver = neutral
Blue = disagree

Friday 02 December 2016

Top – Boldmere, Rubery, Hodge Hill
Bottom – City Centre, Hall Green, Handsworth

Thursday 01 December 2016

Top – Boldmere, Rubery, Hodge Hill
Bottom – City Centre, Hall Green, Handsworth

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Top – Boldmere, Rubery, Hodge Hill
Bottom – City Centre, Hall Green, Handsworth

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Top – Boldmere, Rubery, Hodge Hill
Bottom – City Centre, Hall Green, Handsworth

Monday 28 November 2016

Top – Boldmere, Rubery, Hodge Hill
Bottom – City Centre, Hall Green, Handsworth

Project Supporters

Thank you

None of this would be possible without the help and support of:


Orit Azaz – Rob HewittLisa KoemanIndy Hunjan Andrew SmithCatherine OgleJohn AdkinsKal Butt Katy Stone Annabel Clarke – Tarn Aitken – Keith DoddsIan JonesJenny DuffinKatja Ogrin – Joe Field – Eleanor Southwell – Lucy Poulson – Joe Potts – Lisa Draper – Jodie Brown


Midland Langar SevaFriction Arts – Dr Pyara Singh Bhogal – Ramgarhia Sikh Temple Hockley – Revd Matthew Rhodes – Revd Emma Sykes – Pippa Goude – Dawn McCarthy – Amy Hawksworth – Shobhan – Revd Al Barrett – Anne – Colbourne Primary School – Firs Primary School – Mrs Kannan – Naveen – Dr Iqtidar Cheema – Revd Claire Turner – Ian Robinson – Sharon – John Horwood – Nikki Hitchcock – Cheryl Walsh – Rabiyah K Latif – Fred Rattley – Revd David Gould – Revd Nick Ross – Shelat Tarang – Revd Martin Stephenson – Jessica Foster – Rabbi Margaret Jacobi – Rabbi Lior Kaminetsky – Ruth Tetlow – Ann Lovelock – Yann Lovelock – Makhdoom Ahmad Chisti – Dimosthenis Gkriziotis – Peter Doubtfire – Tony Veldai – Debs Pease – Kerpal Sandhu – Hardip Kaur – Raj Rattu – Tom Thomas – Joanna Khanbabaee – Ali Akhbar – Rashpal Raindi – Shree Hindu Community Centre – Anna Pitt – Stephen Brooker – Soul City Arts – Tony Hewitt – Dr Sarah Gallacher – Professor Yvonne Rogers – Nathan Downes – Phil SuppleHelga HenryRosemary Richards