In Memoriam

A Matter of Life and Death festival is coming to Birmingham

8 May – 16 May 2021


Birmingham Sewers – contribute your makes to this city wide memorial event.

The Big Community Sew has joined forces with BrumYODO’s A Matter of Life and Death Festival and Birmingham Hippodrome to mourn the people who have died through Covid-19.


We are calling on sewers  and knitters to create flags and other home-made tributes for a commemorative installation and memory trail to remember the thousands who have died from Covid-19 in the UK.

Sites across Birmingham are already being transformed into a tapestry of colour as trees are being yarn bombed with knitted, crocheted and sewn items to remember loved ones who have been lost during the pandemic. Memory trails in Kings Heath and Highbury parks have been established and sewers are being invited to bring flags and other tributes to pin to trees.

“Every community has lost people due to this terrible virus and we’ve not been able to properly mourn their loss,” explained Big Community Sew co-founder Marcelle Porteous.
“While social distancing will remain in place for some time, we wanted to create a space where people can come together to share their loss.
“Kindness has been demonstrated in many ways throughout the pandemic, none more so than by the work of the nation’s sewers in supporting the NHS and their communities. This is a communal act of kindness and remembrance to help people express and come to terms with their loss.”

Share Pictures of Your Flag

If you would like to make your own flag and add it to the memorials taking place across Birmingham, you can download the template here

The outdoor tribute will take place until 16 May and is in line with Government guidance on lockdown restrictions and with Covid-19 safety measures in place.

When you have finished your flag, find a place to display it and then take a photo to share with us. You can upload photos to this photo gallery

Or you can email your pictures to us at and we will share them on our social media pages too.

If you are planning to share your flag on social media, then you can also use the hashtags #LifeDeathBrum and #InMemoriamBrum and tag @BrumYODO @Bigcommunitysew and @brumhippodrome.

We look forward to seeing your flags, memorials and more.   Thank you.

In Memoriam - Luke Jerram