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A3 Project Space – August 2014 News and Events

Mixmag Live Weekender

When: Friday 8th – Sunday 10th August
Where: The Rainbow and Trinity Street Venues, Digbeth
Tickets: available online

This weekend, Mixmag have teamed up with Digbeth’s premier night-time venues to bring a whole weekend of underground house and techno to the city, including the likes of Dubfire, Apollinia, Rhadoo, Scuba, Pedestrian, Medlar, Youandewan, Shadow City and more.

Kicking off tomorrow with the world famous Zoo Project at Next▢Door, Pedestrian, Medlar, Youandewan, Shadow City and Bastian & OPYN will headline.

The next event takes place in the Textile Factory on Digbeth High Street from 14:00 on Saturday afternoon until 02:30 on Sunday morning. The party sees regular event Blackdot settle into its new home with a fine cast of headline acts. Revellers will then return to Next▢Door for the after party until 07:00.

The Rainbow have been working in partnership with residents to try to reduce the amount of noise emanating from the venue. However, as can be expected from a whole weekend event which will attract visitors from far and wide, this weekend may be busier than usual. Digbeth Residents Association thanks our members in advance for their patience, understanding and support.

For more information, click here to visit the Rainbow Venues website.

When: Friday 8th August, 22:30-06:00
Where: Next▢Door, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG

Pedestrian, Medlar, Youandewan, Shadow City and Bastian & OPYN

When: Saturday 9th August, 14:00-02:30
Where: Textile Factory, High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LD

Dubfire, Apollinia, Rhadoo, Scuba, Adam Shelton + more

When: Sunday 10th August, 02:30-07:00
Where: Next▢Door, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG

Whyt Noyz + special guests

Secret Walls – Series 2 2014

Image: Flickr user emilyharriet

When: 8, 15, 22, 29 August and 6 September 2014
Where: Boxxed, 104-105 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR

If you don’t know about Secret Walls, seriously, where have you been hiding?!

An international street art battle, Secret Walls returns to it’s Birmingham home of Boxxed in Digbeth, for the second 2014 series.

Two often local graffiti artists take to the stage, are presented with a blank canvas, and attempt to outdo each other with black markers for an alloted time period. Their efforts are then judged side by side by the assembled crowd – the artist inciting the loudest cheer wins.

Clearly, the Secret Walls isn’t just about the art, but is more of a celebration of urban culture in general. To learn more about the battles scheduled for this month and the grand final on 6th September, see the flier below or visit the Facebook page.

Art Rave

Exhibition opening: Saturday 9 August, 18:00-23:00
Exhibition continues: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August, 12:00-16:00
Where: The Bond Company, 182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE

Art Rave is a free exhibition and accompanying party coming to The Bond this weekend.

Twenty artists will explore the notion of the raves of old, the music, the experience, the colours and its anti-establishment standpoint through painting, sculpture, video and installation. Their artwork will be on display from 12pm until 4pm on both the Saturday and Sunday, with the rave starting at 6pm on Saturday.

The free event offers the opportunity to appreciate the artwork while availing of a bar, barbeque, and lots of lovely live music courtesy of many Digbeth favourites, including:

Art Rave is certainly set to be a great event taking advantage of everything that makes Digbeth good: great canalside locations, interesting art, fabulous food, and lively music and entertainment. For more information, visit the website here.

August Antiques & Vintage Bazaar

When: Saturday 9th August, 10:00-16:00
Where: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B4 9AA

It’s that time again! The Antiques and Vintage Bazaar returns to the Custard Factory this week.

The full-day free event features an array of vintage and antique treasures, cafés and pop-up vintage tea shops, along with live independent music on the Lakeside stage. But don’t worry if you can’t make it this time, the Bazaar will return to Digbeth again on the following dates:

  • Saturday 18 October
  • Saturday 13 December

For more information, click here to visit the B2B website, or call 01636 676 531.


Five reasons we can’t wait for the return of Peaky Blinders

From the Birmingham Mail website:

The first trailer from the second series of Peaky Blinders has been released and is available to watch below. With our excitement levels building for series two, we look at five reasons why we can’t wait for Peaky Blinders to return:

1. More Birmingham on the TV

Okay, so a lot of the show is filmed in Liverpool. The show still has the spirit of Birmingham, and some was filmed nearby at the Black Country Living Museum. Extras for the second series were also selected in Digbeth, which should help lend an authentic feel to the show. The setting of gangs in Birmingham is still incredibly fresh and we can’t wait to watch more. Keep your eyes open for more Birmingham references and history. Hopefully they’ll have improved the accents a little.

2. Cillian Murphy… and Tom Hardy!

Let’s take a moment to admire the coincidence that both The Scarecrow and Bane from latest trilogy of Batman films will be starring in Peaky Blinders. Good, now that’s over we can also appreciate having two fantastic actors on the cast. Perhaps Hardy will be Birmingham’s reckoning?

3. Fashion

Every era has its own snippets of wonderful fashion and 1919 and early 1920’s Birmingham is no different. The show boasts that classic gangster style with a British twist (most of these things tend to be set in America, don’t they?). Who knows, perhaps flat caps with razor blades stitched into them will come into fashion?

4. Vision and focus

Many shows such as Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have a strong first series in the same way that Peaky Blinders did. Both of those shows went on to improve on that first series hugely in their second run and we expect the same sort of improvement from Peaky Blinders. We’re going to see a cooler and more atmospheric side to the show.

5. That cliffhanger

Season one ended on something of a cliffhanger, leaving audiences desperate for a second series. We’ll find out not only who was on the end of that gunshot that closed out the final episode of the first series, but also maybe who fired it.

People Stand Together – Community Mural

When: 4-10 August
Where: PST Club, 71 Lombard Street, Digbeth B12 0QU

Two talented graffiti artists, RCF1 and HOAKSER, will work in collaboration to immortalise the history, culture and local community of Digbeth in a new mural for PST Club.

Birmingham’s own HOAKSER, whose work is currently held in galleries in 13 countries across five continents, and Paris’ RCF1, who has over 25 years experience and has exhibited from Tokyo to Buenos Aires, will be painting from the 4th to 10th August:

We hope the artwork, entitled People Stand Together, will celebrate Highgate as a beacon of mutual tolerance. Families from across the world have made their homes here since the city was founded by the tribe of Beorma on the banks of the River Rea back in 700 AD.

The artists will take inspiration from portraits of Highgate residents taken by Some Cities photographers Dan Burwood and Andrew Jackson, to adorn the facade of PST. However, nothing is set in stone, and Brum Spirit are calling upon you to tell them what/who/where should be in the mural to show the world why Birmingham is such a great place to live!

To learn more, visit the Brum Spirit website.

Eastside Projects – August 2014 News and Events

Punks Alive – Rebellion

When: Friday 1 August, 18:00 onwards
Where: The Adam & Eve, 201 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0JD
Tickets: £5 on the door

Tonight, Punks Alive are warming up for Rebellion Festival by hosting a gig at the Adam.

Starting from 18:00, a number of bands bring their noise to Digbeth with the aim of making your ears bleed (or something), including:

  • Kerosene Queen
  • The Sinnears
  • The Dead Flowers
  • Brain’s All Gone
  • Supernaurt

For more information, see the flyer below.

Parched Ground

Opening: Friday 1 August, 19:00 onwards
Exhibition continues: Saturday 2 – Saturday 16 August, 10:00-18:00 daily
Where: Friction Arts, The Edge, 79‐81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Fine art student Ben Nichol will be opening his first solo exhibition at Friction Arts tomorrow, to coincide with August’s Digbeth First Friday.

Entitled Parched Ground, the exhibition explores Birmingham’s industrial heritage, following on from Friction’s Echoes exhibition held last year.

Once renowned the world over as the ‘city of a thousand trades’, Birmingham’s reputation as a global centre for manufacturing is largely a thing of the past. Today, once bustling and noisy factories are left to crumble, barely visible eyesores in a post-industrial landscape.

Parched Ground takes a multimedia and multi-sensory approach including photography, video installations, soundscapes, sculpture and found objects from the decaying remains of factories whose products were once exported across the world. The viewer is invited to touch and handle the work. To add depth to the exhibition, Ben has interviewed many of the city’s residents to learn from their experiences working in industry.

After tomorrow, the exhibition is open daily with Ben hosting a guided walk around the show on Saturday 9th August at 14:30. For more information, visit the Friction Arts website.