The Guerrilla Group

Last month, the BBC announced a new digital innovation unit, dubbed the Guerrilla Group, to be based at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth.

The Guerrilla Group aims to explore the next generation of BBC content, with a focus on engaging younger and more diverse audiences. The first members of the team will move in later this year, with the unit fully up and running from 2015.

This is clearly fantastic news for the city, considering the Beeb’s recent choice to focus on Salford in Manchester instead of Birmingham. It should also act a booster to Birmingham City Council’s aim to make Digbeth a centre for digital entrepreneurship and creativity.

Along with internal BBC teams, the Guerrilla Group will partner and collaborate with a range of start-ups and SMEs, which spells great news for organisations already working in Digbeth or planning to move here.

We certainly hope that this bold move from the BBC will help cement Digbeth as an innovation hub, and possibly act as a catalyst to attract more businesses into the area.

Eastside City Park

When: Monday 5th May 2014, 12:00 onwards
Where: Eastside City Park

Monday 5th May may be a Bank Holiday, but it will also be the start of the summer season of events at Eastside City Park!

To help kick start the Birmingham Made Me fair at Millennium Point, the Friends of Eastside City Park have planned a number of activities for May Day, including:

  • Street food
  • Croquet
  • Live music, and
  • The inaugural Rounders tournament

Digbeth Residents Association hopes to enter a team into the rounders tournament, so do email contact@mydigbeth.co.uk if you’d like to join the team – remembering it’s all for fun!

Last but not least, Eastside City Park is now on Facebook! Click the link to visit the page and to keep in touch with all future events and activities at the park.

&ROLLERSKATE

When: Friday 18th April, 21:00-03:00
Where: Boxxed, Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: £8 advance, more on the door (available online)

Get your skates on! (*groan*)

To celebrate the fourth installment of Sneaks&Peaks on Saturday, MOHO are taking to the floor on eight wheels…

They are putting on a rollerdisco tomorrow night, featuring the MOHO resident DJs on the decks, and a whole host of fun.

Click here to see more information on the Facebook event page, and here to buy tickets.

The British Streetfood Awards in Digbeth

When: Friday 2nd May 2014, 17:00-00:00
Where: Rainbow Arena, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG

Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) is hosting the regional heats of the Street Food Awards 2014 and you are all invited!

For one night only, DDC is moving over to the Rainbow Arena, to find the Midlands’ best street food trader – and the winner will be decided on the night by you, the beautiful British public.

This special event will be a true festival experience, with a stage for music acts (courtesy of Madame Moonshine) and room for all of the traders, and will certainly help to kick off Digbeth First Fridays!

We recommend getting your party hats on, and wearing your roomy clothes with elastic waistbands so you can fill up on lots and lots of tasty food!

We’ve included a video of what to expect below; for more information, visit the DDC website or Facebook event page.

Eastside Projects – April 2014 News and Exhibitions

Gecko Work Placements in Europe

Gecko Programmes Ltd are specialists in international business development, project management, and workforce development. Based in the Custard Factory in Digbeth, they are also advocates of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, sending over 200 people on work experience placements in Europe since July 2010.

Gecko now send young people to Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Portugal for two to thirteen weeks every year. The longer programmes allow for language and cultural training, but the overall aim is that the work experience enhances the knowledge and skills of participants, to allow them to gain sustainable employment upon their return to the UK.

Kathryn said this of her experience in Europe:

For my placement I worked at the Macuf Museum of Contemporary art. This was a really inspiring place filled with interesting artwork. I supervised group activities and school visits, and really enjoyed the overall experience. I hope this insight will help me in job applications to art galleries in the UK and Europe. The experience was certainly a positive one!

To be eligible to participate, applicants must have an EU passport or National Identity Card, be aged 18-24, and live in the West Midlands. Their preparation, travel, accommodation and subsistence fees will all be covered by the programme.

If you are interested in learning more, or know someone who is, visit the website, call Elisabeta on 01902 837416, or email elisabeta.ungureanu@geckoprogrammes.co.uk.

Polish In Digbeth – Photos

On Sunday 2nd March, Polish in Digbeth held an event at The Spotted Dog to promote Polish history and culture to a wider audience.

The event saw a fantastic turn-out, with lots of people attending to hear Polish music, and of course, sample some delicious Eastern European delicacies!

Digbeth Residents Association and PEA supported the event, and helped dish out the traditional food of bigos (meat and cabbage stew) and pierogi (filled dumplings) until everyone was full, allowing the guests to digest their meals while enjoying a film screening courtesy of PAiL.

Dishing out the tasty food. Image courtesy of Lisa Zdravkovic

Film screening. Image courtesy of Lisa Zdravkovic

A great time was had by all! Thank you to everyone who supported the event by either attending or volunteering their time, and many thanks to Community First for the funding to make the event possible!

The Wilderness Press

Digbeth design duo Wild Ilk, have released a limited edition art print based on the idea of a labyrinth.

Designed at Digbeth Court and printed at Mission Print on Fazeley Street, these pieces are truly Made in Digbeth:

Labyrinths are amazing and ancient structures, but modern uses of labyrinths are recreational, for contemplation and reflection. The structure of this labyrinth breaks with traditional and historic geometric labyrinth designs, with the goal being less about finding a way through the maze and more about appreciating what the maze itself can convey.

For more information and to secure a print for yourself, please visit thewildernesspress.com.

Sneaks & Peaks #4

When: Saturday 19th April, 12:00-19:00
Where: Boxxed, Floodgate Street, Digbeth
Tickets: £3 on the door

Birmingham’s premier urban apparel event, Sneaks&Peaks, returns to Boxxed on Saturday 19th April.

Featuring everything from highly collectable kicks, clothing designers, live graffiti and street food, Sneaks&Peaks has quickly positioned itself as one of the UK’s leading events for top lifestyle brands.

For more of what to expect on the day, check out the new website, or the video from the last Sneaks&Peaks below:

Danish Film Night Returns

*actual cake may vary

When: Sunday 13th April 2014, 16:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

Danish Film Night returns to The Spotted Dog on Sunday with a double billing and free cake!

Both films are written by Oscar-winner Anders Thomas Jensen, but don’t let that put you off – he does funny, and he does it well. The first film will be screened at 16:15 sharp, so if you fancy a lazy Sunday afternoon, make sure to get down in time to grab some of that aforementioned cake and find yourself a nice comfy seat.

I Kina Spiser De Hunde (In China They Eat Dogs)
Arvid, a cashier, is (according to his girlfriend, Hanne) the most boring man in the world. That is until he – pretty much by accident – manages to stop an armed robbery at the bank. He returns home with flowers and plans for a romantic trip to Paris, to discover she’s left him and has taken most of their belongings with her. As if that isn’t bad enough, the bank robber’s angry girlfriend shows up, saying they really needed that money. In an attempt to right his wrong, Arvid seeks out his criminal older brother, Harald, to help.

Gamle Mænd I Nye Biler (Old Men In New Cars)
The last wish of the dying ‘Monk’ is for his foster child, Harald, to reunite him with his real son, Ludvig. Unfortunately, the latter is currently spending the better part of his days in a Swedish high security prison cell. Harald enlists the help of chefs Peter and Martin (more enthused about making the perfect Danish Pastry than getting their hands dirty) so father and son can meet for the first time in their lives.