Win A Perfect Marriage Proposal In Birmingham With The Backdrop Of ‘Our Beating Heart’

14 March 2024

To celebrate Our Beating Heart, a dazzling light installation popping up in Snow Hill Square between Thursday 21 and Saturday 23 March, organisers have launched a romantic competition, especially for loved-up people in Birmingham planning to propose.

Locals are invited to apply for the chance to win a perfectly staged, visually stunning, top-secret proposal. The successful applicant will win the opportunity to propose to their loved one in front of the Our Beating Heart light installation and have the moment captured by a professional photographer, followed by fizz and sharing plates at Glynn Purnell’s Michelin Guide listed tapas bar Plates by Purnell’s, and a night’s stay at the luxurious Grand Hotel Birmingham, with breakfast the following morning.

Entrants can apply to win this romantic proposal by emailing saying why they think they should win. Entries must be received by midday on Monday 18 March. Colmore BID’s romance experts will then choose a lucky winner, who will be notified the same day.

With the help of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, City Curator, Alex Nicholson-Evans has joined forces with producers Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces and Colmore BID to bring Our Beating Heart to Birmingham.

Alex commented, “We’re so excited to be able to offer one lucky couple in Birmingham the perfect proposal opportunity: a stunning backdrop, beautiful photos of the special moment, some of Birmingham’s most delicious food and drink, and a romantic stay in a gorgeous hotel. The only thing the loved-up winner needs to do is buy the ring!

We can’t wait to play Cupid and celebrate love in the city. Birmingham is, of course, the city that boasts more miles of canals than Venice and more trees than Paris. We’ve also got our very own chocolate factory, the most fantastic independent foodie scene, incredible cocktail bars, and breathtaking architecture (old and new) – the ideal place to pop the question!”

Our Beating Heart is a light installation which features a giant heart-shaped mirror ball. It will reflect natural light during the day, and as the sun sets, Snow Hill Square will be transformed with fantastical dancing lights and an eye-catching wash of colour. People can witness this immersive artwork at its best from 6.30pm to 10.30pm each evening. The experience is completely free to enjoy.

Created by Studio Vertigo, the revolving sculpture features 11,000 mirrored tiles. The heart-shaped installation will create an unexpected shimmering sight on a grand scale, allowing viewers to admire thousands of rotating glints of light across Birmingham’s Snow Hill Square. The installation is accompanied by a heart-themed disco soundtrack, and on Saturday 23 March there will be a very special one-off silent disco– free to experience and no booking required.

To enter this once-in-a-lifetime competition, entrants should send an email to saying why they think they should win. The closing date for entries is Monday 18 March at midday. A winner will be picked and contacted on the same day. Please note the overnight stay At The Grand is subject to availability.

Our Beating Heart will run from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 March in Snow Hill Square. It is visible during the day but will be lit upfrom 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

For more information about Our Beating Heart, visit