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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:

LMC Unleashed

When: Thursday 19th March, 18:30-21:00
Where: Nest Gallery, 321 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET
Tickets: £5 (available online here)

Little Miss Creative (LMC) is an organisation that aims to give young creative women a voice, supporting the next generation of free-thinking female leaders that will inform and shape the future. Part of this is their monthly networking events for women aged 16-30, designed to offer a safe environment to share ideas while providing inspiration and to potential to turn dreams into action.

This month’s event features two successful women sharing their experiences and advice:

  • Gemma Calvert is a magazine writer, celebrity editor and showbiz expert, with 14 years’ experience in the world of newspaper and magazine journalism.
  • Ria Hebden began her career at Talkback Thames following her degree, progressing to roles on The X Factor before becoming a presenter for the BBC.

For more information about the event, or to secure your place, visit the LMC website here.

Save the Date – City Drive

When: Monday 20th – Friday 24th April 2015
Where: various locations around Digbeth

There are over 50 social enterprises based in Digbeth, dedicated to using business for social good.

ISE present City Drive – a week of events to promote social enterprise to all audiences – coming to Digbeth in April. Save the date in your diaries now!


When: until Tuesday 17th March 2015
Where: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

This week sees the last few days of Blacky, an exhibition of Mateusz Skutnik‘s illustrations from his latest book of the same name. Mateusz is the most prominent comic artist in Eastern Europe, and uses his art to make bittersweet and thought-provoking observations.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Centrala Space website.

Shortwaves Film Festival

When: Saturday 14 March 2015, 18:00
Where: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

Centrala Gallery is proud to host part of the Shortwaves Film Festival – one of the largest and most prestigious film events in Poland – right here in Digbeth.

The festival consists of a global tour of screenings, visiting 44 cities around the world and another 80 cities in Poland. Of the 250 submitted films, seven will be shortlisted to join a public audience vote. The films are an eclectic choice of styles and genres including documentaries, animations, video clips and fiction films.

For more information visit the Centrala website.

Hot Tub Cinema comes to Digbeth

When: 10-19th April, 18:30 onwards
Where: Boxxed, 104-108 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: available online here

Hot Tub Cinema is coming to Digbeth next month, offering you the chance to watch classic flicks from the bubbly comfort and warmth of a hot tub!

The event organisers want you to positively celebrate the films you are watching, and with classics such as Grease, Dirty Dancing and Mean Girls on offer, there may well be dancing in the aisles… You can book a whole tub to share with six or eight friends, or get up close and personal with some fellow film lovers. Every hot tub is served by a waiter, so you don’t even have to get out to go to the bar.

Tickets are selling like hot cakes, so hot foot yourself over to the Hot Tub Cinema website to bag yourself a hot seat.

Radical Networks at Vivid Projects

When: Thursday 12th March, 18:30
Where: Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS

Vivid Projects kicks off 2015 with Radical Networks, a programme of aesthetic disruption and questioning of the moving image, ethics and digital legacies.

The programme launches tomorrow with the Birmingham première of Episodes 1 & 2 (2014) and 3 (2015) of Ways of Something, a contemporary remake of John Berger’s classic BBC documentary, ‘Ways of Seeing’ (1972). The new work consists of one-minute videos by 85 web-based artists. The original audio track is retained, disrupted by an exuberant series of 60-second artworks contributed by artists working with 3D rendering, GIFs, film remixes and webcam performances.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Lorna Mills, Richard Clay and Antonio Roberts. (UK). This is a free event, but booking is strongly recommended to reserve your place. See the website for more details.

St Patrick’s Parade 2015

When: Sunday 15th March, 12:00
Where: venues all over Digbeth

It’s almost that time of year again, when Digbeth – and indeed Birmingham – turns green for St Patrick’s Day. The parade will be taking place on Sunday, and this year will feature more fringe events than ever before.

With the Irish Contribution to Birmingham being the theme of this year’s parade, the Dome in the Custard Factory is hosting a free exhibition courtesy of the Birmingham Irish Association. The exhibition is open all this week to celebrate the Irish footprint on the city’s history, through archived photographs and accompanying stories.

Digbeth Residents were out in force for the Gala Launch Party that took place at The Macdonald Burlington Hotel on Friday 6th March, and will be walking the traditional parade route to show their support for the Irish community in Digbeth. All residents are invited to join in the parade, and should have received information on road closures in their postboxes.

The St Pat Rocks stage will be the main attraction of the Emerald Village on Bradford Street, playing host to a mix of upcoming local bands and traditional Irish musicians. There will also be family fun in the shape of fairground rides, face painting, and market stalls offering everything from beautiful crafts to street food.

For adults wanting more live music, the Institute is hosting a free daytime gig – click the image above for more information. But if you want a real festival experience, the Rainbow and the Old Crown are taking over with Clover Fields – see the flyer below for more information.

Eastside Projects Events – March 2015

Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

As ever, Eastside Projects is a hive of activity this month. For more information on events, see the website or the poster below.

We feel that Birmingham deserves an artist who is going to give their very best, just as each artist deserves the commitment, belief and support of Birmingham and its population of over a million people.

Gavin Wade

If you would like to learn more about Eastside Projects, Director Gavin Wade recently contributed an article to the Birmingham Post. Read it in full here.

Nechells Ward Meeting – March 2015

When: Thursday 19th March 2015, 18:00
Where: Stanhope Hall Community Centre, Emily Street, Highgate, B12 0XG

The next Nechells Ward Meeting will take place on Thursday 19th March 2015 at 6pm at Stanhope Hall. This meeting was due to take place in January but was postponed.

Digbeth Residents Association would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend this meeting, as it offers an opportunity to ask local Councillors questions and hold them to account.

For more information, please visit Birmingham City Council’s democracy pages.