Six Eight Kafé Comes to Digbeth!

Earlier this month, Six Eight Kafé celebrated the opening of their second Birmingham premises on Level 2 in Millennium Point.

Voted one of the top 50 coffee shops in the UK by the Independent, Six Eight Kafé will bring its acclaimed range of coffee, speciality teas and artisan food to Digbeth, alongside its live music and exhibition offering.

We for one are delighted to welcome 6/8 to Digbeth, particularly as it adds another independent business to our area to compliment similar outlets like Yumm Café and The Old Crown Coffee Club. Let’s hope to see the Kafé go from strength to strength!

Bad Girl Bash

Constance PeachWhen: Friday 27th February, 20:00
Where: Alfie Birds, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

Celebrating four years as the self-proclaimed Bad Girl photographer, Claire Seville has invited the cream of the Burlesque and Alternative world to help her celebrate in style at Alfie Bird’s this Friday.

Claire worked as both a dancer and a DJ before recognising her passion for photography. Since then, her work has been printed in Bizarre magazine, and she recently emerged from behind her camera to be photographed herself for the front cover of Rebelicious.

Constance Peach and Ruby Fortune are amongst the many acts confirmed for Friday, and guests will be able to dance the night away to classic rock and electro swing. There will also be an exhibition of some of Claire’s favourite work from the past few years.

Claire told us “I’m really looking forward to seeing all the amazing friends I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years from models, to make up artists, to designers. They’ve all helped me get to where I am today and my Bad Girl Bash is my way of saying thank you to all of them.”

For further information, contact Claire on or visit her Facebook page.

Friends of Eastside City Park AGM

Dear Friends,

The first annual general meeting (AGM) of Friends of Eastside City Park will take place on Monday 9th March 2015 from 17:30 in the upper room of The Woodman, New Canal Street.

If you have any questions ahead of the meeting, or would like to nominate yourself to join the Management Committee (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer), please email

Kind regards,

Simon Linford
Chairman, Friends of Eastside City Park
Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG
07747 866688

Canal Clean Up

When: Sunday 1st March, 10:00-14:00
Where: Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Local residents Alison and Louise live on the Grand Union Canal by Minerva Works in Digbeth, and have made it their mission to clean up the waterway.

Alison has recently completed training with the Canal and River Trust, and has their support to run a monthly canal clean up team on the first Sunday of every month. The first event will take place on Sunday 1st March, focussing on blitzing the litter.

Interestingly our section of canal has just been identified as being at risk of dereliction by English Heritage, so future work will involve painting, gardening and maintenance of the locks.

See the flyer below for more information (click for larger version), or join the Friends of Warwick Bar Facebook group.

Chinese New Year 2015

When: Sunday 22 February, 11:00-18:00
Where: Arcadian Centre, Southside

Yesterday our Chinese community celebrated the beginning of the new year of the sheep/goat.

To mark the passing of the old year, and to welcome the new, the Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee have planned a full day of festivities taking place this Sunday.

The organisers hope to attract over 30,000 revellers, and of course Digbethites are welcome! If you don’t plan on going, please expect more traffic and noise (fireworks!) around Digbeth on Sunday.

Kung hey fat choi!

Birmingham Alternative & Burlesque Fair

When: Saturday 21 February, 11:00–17:00
Where: The Institute, 78 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, B5 6DY
Tickets: £5 in advance (available online here)

The “ultimate alternative shopping and entertainment experience” comes to Digbeth this weekend, featuring:

  • Up to 50 stalls
  • Two stages
  • Two themed shopping floors
  • A full programme of entertainment including burlesque, twisted cabaret, aerial acts and DJs
  • Vintage tea shop, multiple bars and much more

For more information, including a list of exhibitors and performers, visit the website or Facebook event page.

Dreams Time Free

Opening: Friday 20 February, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition continues: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12:00-17:00 until Friday 3 April 2015
Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Dreams Time Free is a new exhibition from Mat Jenner at Grand Union, opening this Friday.

For the duration of Dreams Time Free, Jenner will transform the Digbeth gallery into a social space and changing display environment using appropriated images from adverts, magazine cuttings, and signage. Alongside this changing display of distributed material, Jenner will present a further iteration of his on-going project Foam, which consists of a mass collection of commissioned one-off 12” dub plate records by 115 contemporary artists.

Each record is unique; they can only be listened to in situ within Grand Union’s physical location. They are not replicated, broadcast or digitally disseminated.

Grand Union’s artist in residence, Phil Hession will be at the gallery throughout February. Phil will be cycling throughout Digbeth for the duration of his five-week residency, touring his DIY record cutting lathe and making field recordings of the soundscape of Digbeth.

For more information, visit the Grand Union website or see the flyer below.

Ackee & Saltfish

When: Thursday 19 February, 18:30
Where: Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: £5

I Love Kultcha presents Ackee & Saltfish – an evening with Cecile Emeke.

Cecile is a visual artist and film director who explores themes such as identity, representation and the black British experience.

For more information, click here to visit the website.

While you’re at the Mockingbird, The Cobalt Blue are hosting their first artists networking event from 18:00 until 21:00. All artists and art-lovers are welcome! For more information, see the website here.

Sunday Xpress – February 2015

When: Sunday 22 February, 16:00 onwards
Where: The Adam and Eve, Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0JD

Sunday Xpress, now in its ninth year, has been undergoing something of a renaissance of late.

Acknowledged for its anarchic and free take on open mic culture, and with strong roots in spoken word, the event has also played host to cult West Midlands acts such as Miss Halliwell and The Courtesy Group, and is growing in reputation with each event.

The event is hosted by the infamous ranting poet Brendan Higgins, best known for his “Shopping Shopping Shopping” poem. With three confirmed acts, places for the open mic are limited, so make sure to get there early if you want a go!

  • Betty and the Id
  • Big Bren’s Combo
  • Giant-Elf-Fist

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

NHWN Newsletter – February 2015

Dear members & supporters,

Please find the February 2015 edition of ‘Our News’ (the NHWN 6 weekly e-newsletter) below.

This edition includes: