Dead Pixels at Digbeth Dining Club

When: Friday 3rd April, 18:00-00:00
Where: Spotlight and Next Door, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG

This coming First Friday, Dead Pixels in association with Digbeth Dining Club, invite you to their next outing at Spotlight and Next Door.

Enjoy retro gaming and delicious street food, accompanied by live street art from Digbeth regulars Liskbot and Chunxx, and a soundtrack courtesy of DJ Jekyll.

For more information, check out the Facebook event page or join the Facebook group.

The Monkey Club

When: Saturday 28th March, 20:30 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Free entry – but donations for DJs greatly appreciated

Join revellers at The Spotted Dog later this month for an evening of vinyl appreciation, featuring R&B, northern soul and reggae sounds.

See more information in the flyer below:

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You Are Here at Flatpack

When: Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March, 12:00-17:00
In conversation: Sunday 29th March, 13:00
Where: A3 Project Space, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA

Chris Paul Daniels has made a series of audio/video portraits of residents and workers from Digbeth and Bordesley Village. Chris interviewed people living in Bordesley Village, young people involved in St Basil’s, and even yours truly…

Each portrait’s length is dictated by the distance from Birmingham New Street station to the location of the interview, creating collective portraiture through glimpsed lives inhabiting the locations. The completed film is being exhibited at A3 Project Space as part of Flatpack Festival 2015.

The footage collated jumps between different formats – black and white 8mm film, colour 16mm film and HD video to highlight the dramatic variations on how place can be represented, while the score by renowned electronic musician, Graham Massey builds on the theme of dis-location.

On Sunday 29th March, Chris will be at A3 to screen and discuss his experimental and reflexive approaches to portraiture regarding place formed through a series of projects in Nairobi, Newcastle, China, and Birmingham. To learn more, visit the A3 website, or the Facebook event page.

Beyond the Gallery

When: Tuesday 24th March, 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-16:00
Where: MADE, 321 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET

This Tuesday, MADE are holding two free events to explore public art and the role of the artist in the built environment:

10:00-12:30 followed by lunch
Beyond the Gallery is a workshop for early career artists and students wanting to explore new ways of working. Established practitioners will offer perspectives on routes into these roles, opportunities for developing your practice, and a chance to engage in thoughtful discussion.

13:30-16:00 but you are welcome to arrive at 12:30 for lunch
Beyond Public Art is an event aimed at all those who commission art to enhance the public environment, from local authorities to developers to community representatives. The seminar will ask what works well, what not so well, and how we can go beyond the traditional definition of public art still applied by so many.

For more information, visit the MADE website.

Business Related Crime Survey

Business Related Crime is one of the five current priorities of the Birmingham Community Safety, Police and Crime Board.

In order to better understand the issues that impact on businesses, the police would like as many as possible to complete a short survey (available online here) before 17:00 on Tuesday 7th April.

It’s important that Digbeth businesses submit their views, as feedback will be used to shape future business crime services across Birmingham. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and responses will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

If you have any queries, please contact Sergeant Paul Street by email.

Birmingham Smithfield

Birmingham Smithfield is the name of the new development planned for the Wholesale Markets site once it is relocated to Witton. Covering 14 hectares, this is a huge part of the city centre; Birmingham City Council hopes to retain the retail markets as part of the development.

Smithfield was the original name for the area, which has been the home of a market since medieval times. Choosing this name follows the precedent of the Beorma Quarter.

Birmingham City Council released a visioning document – embedded below – for public consultation on Thursday 19th March. The consultation hopes to start a conversation and elicit the views of Birmingham residents, and will offer people a number of chances to share their thoughts.

Check the council website for further information. The public consultation closes on Thursday 14th May 2015.

Grand Union’s Fifth Birthday

When: Friday 3rd April 2015, 19:00 ’til late
Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Everyone is invited to Grand Union’s 5th Birthday Party on Friday 3 April 2015. It will be an evening full of for performances, DJs and the obligatory cake – and with a recent grant of £122,000 to secure its future until 2017 – there is lots to celebrate!

Grand Union has played a key part in the regeneration of Minerva Works and Digbeth as a whole, showing 28 exhibitions, working with over 200 artists, and welcoming 10,000 visitors over the past five years. This will be a fantastic way to note the achievements so far, and a chance to look forward to the next five years.


Digbeth gets a tram!

This morning it was announced that the Midland Metro tram route through Digbeth will go down the High Street. The new tram will serve Digbeth High Street, the coach station and The Custard Factory.

Centro and Birmingham City Council decided to opt for the High Street route over the previously-favoured Fazeley Street route following a public consultation where almost 75% of people voted for the High Street. Digbeth Residents Association has been instrumental in the inclusion of the High Street route option, and its supporters made a huge impact on the final decision.

The tram route will start at the new HS2 station, and run along New Canal Street and Meriden Street before turning left on to High Street Deritend. It will then travel along the centre of the carriageway, replacing the existing footpath. There will be a stop close to the junction of Milk Street to serve Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory; the tram will then continue along the High Street before turning left into Adderley Street where a terminus is proposed.

Chair of Digbeth Residents Association, John Gordon, said: “We are delighted with the decision for the Midland Metro to serve Digbeth High Street. This will create a connected transport system which integrates the coach station to the rail network via a tram, all within Digbeth. This triumph of common sense coupled with the voice of our supporters will meet the needs of Birmingham residents and property developers, rather than just the latter, creating an inclusive service to where people live now and where more will live in the future.

“The tram will serve the local businesses, providing a stimulus for much-needed economic growth in the area, maximising the benefit of the investment in HS2. £132 million will be ploughed into Digbeth, supporting long-overdue works to improve the public realm along the High Street. The Metro will also support the night time economy, defining our neighbourhood as a vibrant young linear urban community.

“One of the aims of Digbeth Residents Association is to promote Digbeth as a destination within Birmingham, as opposed to an area to pass through as quickly as possible. In future we would love to see full pedestrianisation of the High Street to create a boulevard akin to Las Ramblas, and the tram extended to serve the Birmingham City Football ground.”

Thank you to all our supporters who participated in the consultation – your voice has been heard and you’ve made a real difference to the development of Digbeth and the city as a whole!

Tanya’s Vegan Pop-up Restaurant

When: Friday 20th March, 19:30
Where: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
£20 – book online here (advanced booking necessary)

Tanya’s vegan pop up restaurant returns to Centrala this week, offering you a three course evening meal. Great if you’re vegan or just interested in trying it out!

There is a choice of two options for each course, with either a fully raw meal or something warm. For more information and to make your menu selection, visit the Centrala website (advance booking necessary).

Flatpack Festival 2015

When: Thursday 19 – Sunday 29 March 2015
Where: various venues across Digbeth

Prepare yourselves – Flatpack Film Festival, the “UK’s most creatively curated film festival”, returns to Digbeth this week. Flatpack includes genres such as animation, music, artists’ film, archive discoveries, offbeat shorts for children and live cinema, so there’s certainly something for everyone.

Amongst the events taking place in Digbeth, Millennium Point will be playing host to Time + Motion, comprising the first ever UK show by audio-visual Japenese duo, Usaginingen, whose home-made opto-machinery produces real-time visuals through specially made filters soundtracked by a live percussion score. Alongside the performances, you can explore British Animation Award winning filmmaker Jim Le Fevre’s spinning world of phonotropes, as well as Sellotape Cinema’s mobile projectors and film strips.

Centrala at Minerva Works is also the location for a number of events during the ten-day festival, including Cross City Walks and a battle of the air bands (see flyer below). All very exciting!

Check out further events on the Flatpack website here, or click the links below to see what is happening at each Digbeth venue: