Electronic Friday

When: Friday 29th May, 20:00-23:30
Where: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
Free Entry

Electronic Friday takes place on the last Friday of every month at Centrala, with DJs from the Deep Emotions Collective laying down beats and visuals from their collections to get your weekend started.

After the success of April’s Voyager #1 Research, this week will see the next episode: Voyager #2 Engineering.

This time we’ll take you to the engineering world, from where electronic music has always found inspiration, both from the chaos and from precision accompanied production processes. We can guarantee a great atmosphere and quality music.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Sunday Xpress Open Mic

When: Sunday 31st May, 16:30
Where: Friction Arts, The Edge, 79/81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

The legendary Sunday Xpress returns to its new home at Friction Arts this weekend, and promises to offer another resplendent mix of live music, poetry, and performance.

Headlining this month are the Roz Bruce Infusion and Citizen X, and the best part is: it’s all free!

If you’d like to share a piece of your own work, open mic slots are still available. For more information or to save a place on the roster, visit the Facebook event page.

Kickstart City of Colours 2015

The inaugural City of Colours festival in 2014 saw a concentration of world-class artists come to Digbeth, and set all of Birmingham alight with a sense of pride in our city. The legacy of the festival is still seen all over Digbeth, and the street art left on walls in our neighbourhood still attracts visitors from near and far (last year, spectators flew in from the continent especially for the festival!).

In appreciation of their efforts, Digbeth Residents Association awarded the City of Colours team with a Community Award in December. They want to bring the festival to more people in September 2015, but the organisers need your help to do so!

We want to keep City of Colours a free festival for all. Your support through Kickstarter is vital to ensuring that this amazing celebration of urban arts can take place again this year!

As such, the team have launched a Kickstarter to keep the festival free, and are asking for £15,000 towards the huge running costs. It may come as a surprise that a free festival actually costs a small fortune to host; the total cost for 2014 was around £85,000. This is a staggering amount, especially when you consider it doesn’t include the hundreds of volunteer hours on behalf of all involved.

Matched funding has been secured from the Arts Council, but this is conditional on the City of Colours team reaching their Kickstarter target. The plan for 2015 is to increase the number of venues, artists, and music stages, but this can only happen if they can afford the cherry pickers, power, security, road closures, and thousands of cans of paint required.

There are loads of great rewards up for grabs for pledges and donations, including the brilliant signed and numbered poster print by Mose, limited edition screen print by Si Mitchell, and poster print by Mr Wet Paint above.

For more information and to pledge your support, visit the Kickstarter page now!

Wrappers to Riches

Where: Harris Moore, Unit 12, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

If you’re anything like me, you like a biscuit (or four) with your morning cuppa. But did you know that the packaging from your sweet snacks can be recycled to raise money for charity?

TerraCycle accept any brand of non-savoury or multi-pack biscuit wrappers, in return for charity donations.

Harris Moore are collecting wrappers to for The Animal House Rescue, but need your donations before the end of May. See the picture below for more information, and remember to save those wrappers and take them to Unit 12 in Minerva Works!

NHWN Newsletter – May 2015

Dear members & supporters,

Please find below the introduction to each article included in the May 2015 edition of ‘Our News’ (the NHWN 6 weekly newsletter).

This edition includes:


Bank Holiday Danish Film Night

When: Monday 25th May, 18:00
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

The Spotted Dog’s Danish Sofie is resurrecting Danish Film Night on Monday, to bring you two dark comedies in a special Bank Holiday Double Bill:

By no popular demand whatsoever, Danish Film Night returns to the Spotted Dog with a double billing and MORE CAKE than it’s ever produced before, all on Bank Holiday Monday. Grab your friends by the arm and come on down for pints, drinks, cakes and dark comedies.

First film of the night will be THE GREEN BUTCHERS starring Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Hannibal, The Hunt) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (In China They Eat Dogs, The Killing) as butchers Svend and Bjarne, who, fed up with their boss’ arrogance, decide to start up their own shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident coincides with a large order of meat and as one hasty decision leads to another, business soon starts thriving.

The second film of the night will be FLICKERING LIGHTS starring Søren Pilmark (The Killing), Mads Mikkelsen (The Green Butchers), Ulrich Thomsen (Festen, Brothers) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Green Butchers) as four small-time gangsters from Copenhagen who trick a gangster boss out of 4,000,000 DKK, which is all kinds of great until their van breaks down in the middle of rural Denmark and they’re forced to lay low (or try to and fail at) in an old, wrecked house.

We’re kicking off at 18:15 and estimate film two will start rolling at around 20:00. Cakes will go on the bartop at 18:00 sharp, so get down in decent time to make sure you get a bit of everything Danish Film Night has to offer.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

English Wine Producers Festival

When: Saturday 23rd May, 11:00-17:00
Where: The Bond, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE

As part of national English Wine Week, a week long celebration of English wine is taking place in Birmingham, including a festival at the Bond Co in Digbeth today.

The English Wine Takeover festival will bring together a number of English wine producers to showcase their products from vineyards around the country.

The event started off with a brunch by the canal with the pairing of quintessentially British food and homegrown fizz, and now visitors are tasting red, white, rose, dessert, and English sparkling wines.

For full details of all the events taking place for the next seven days, visit the English Wine Takeover website.

Pride 2015

When: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May
Where: various locations across Southside

Birmingham Pride takes place this weekend, and although not strictly in Digbeth but in neighbouring Southside, it’ll sure be heard in our parts!

The UK’s biggest two-day LGBT festival launches with a carnival parade at midday on Saturday 23rd May, followed by a roster of huge headline acts including Baby D, Union J, Boney M, Atomic Kitten, Heather Small, and Example. Phew!

Amusement 13 will also be holding a Birmingham Gay Pride Takeover starting from today. The venue will host acts such as Ms Dynamite (the UK’s most successful female rapper), Flava D, and Artful Dodger over three nights and four open music spaces. For more information and tickets, visit the Amusement 13 website, Facebook, or Twitter.

For more information, visit the Birmingham Pride website, follow @BirminghamPride on Twitter, or watch the video below for a festival overview:

Clubbercise at the Custard Factory!

When: Monday 1st June, 18:30–19:30
Where: The Oobleck, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: £6 (reserve online)

Not one to stick to conventions, next month the Oobleck will host another hour long pop up class from Clubbercise.

This class clearly has a beach theme, with neon juice shots on arrival, summery tunes from the 90s onwards, and a special prize for one lucky winner!

Clubbercise is designed so you don’t notice you’re working out, following simple and fun choreography dancing along to club classics. And there’s no need to be embarrassed as classes take place in the (almost) dark!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Digbeth’s Drive-in Cinema

When: Friday 26th June, 19:30 onwards
Where: Rainbow Arena, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth
Tickets: £10 per person

The Rainbow Arena will be transformed into a drive-in cinema as part of the 42nd St To Paradise Film Festival weekend this June!

Two cult films will be screened at the event – TerrorVision and Deadbeat at Dawn – with food courtesy of Digbeth Dining Club. Final details and DJs are being confirmed, along with an at-seat (or should that be at-car?) waitress service.

When: Saturday 27th June, 15:00 onwards
Where: Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Digbeth
Tickets: £15

Following on from Friday’s film experience, the Mockingbird Theatre in the Custard Factory will be showing loads more films from 3pm on Saturday.

There will be special appearances from cult film figures and signing sessions.

For more information, see the 42nd Street Festival website or visit the Facebook event page.