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In case you haven’t seen it all over Twitter and social media, a new visitor guide for Digbeth has been launched this month.

Called Dig Digbeth, it showcases the best things to see and do in our little part of the city, along with a potted history. Digbeth is Good is given a nod, of course, along with Digbeth Residents Association, which we think highlights how vibrant our area is regardless of whether you live here or are just visiting.

Hard copies of the free guide have been distributed all over the city, in public libraries, travel shops, educational establishments and visitor attractions. Not only that, but it is also available at National Express stations in London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Nottingham!

You can find an electronic of the guide below, so make sure to send it on to all your friends and family, and pick up a copy to share when you have guests staying over!

Save St Pats

When: Sunday 15th March 2015, 12:00-14:00
Where: Digbeth High Street

Planning for the next St Patrick’s day parade is underway in earnest, despite recent announcements from Birmingham City Council to cut funding for public events across the city. The Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival Committee have launched a crowd funding project to make up the deficit and save the parade.

The effect of the celebration is felt throughout the city with iconic buildings such as Selfridges and the Library of Birmingham lighting up green in a show of support. After a record-breaking 90,000 attendees at the 2014 parade, it is now classed as the second largest Irish parade in the world!

It is important to remember is the parade is organised by volunteers from the Birmingham Irish community, who are not paid for their tireless hard work in the months before and after each event. The parade means so much to so many which is why the organisers are calling on supporters to help in any way they can to keep the parade alive.

The Show Must Go On is aiming to raise £20,000, although the parade itself costs more than £70,000 to stage, including the cost of essential requirements such as road closures, safety barriers, street cleaning, toilets, bins, first aid provision and security.

Anyone wishing to support the St Patrick’s Day Parade can do so by:

See the St Patrick’s Birmingham website to learn more, and remember to share the funding campaign with everyone you know so that together we can save the parade!

DIE DAS DER Christmas Special

When: Saturday 20th December, 20:00 onwards
Where: Muthers Studio, 14 Rea Street South, Digbeth, B5 6LB
Tickets: £4 on the door

DIE DAS DER invite you to celebrate the end of their first year of live events at Muthers Studio. Featuring four disjointed, raucous, blood-curdling bands from Birmingham and further afield:

For more information, see the flyer below or the Facebook event page.

DJ Destruction 2014 Final

When: Friday 19 December, 21:00–04:00
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ

This Friday sees the final of the third annual DJ Destruction competition at Suki10c! The reigning champion Feva will be defending his title, but will he triumph one last time or will one of the challengers walk away with the title and the £500 cash prize?!

DJ Jimi Needles and DJ Shorty will be joining this epic battle as guest judges, and will be demonstrating their own awesome deck skills and tune selections to help set the Suki10c Christmas Party off with a bang.

Doors open at 9pm sharp and it’s free entry all night long so come down, show the finalists the support they all deserve and have a stonking good party at the same time.

And don’t forget the Tequila Time! When the red light starts flashing it’s only £1 a shot of Tequila!

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Keep SIFA Fireside Cooking!

Earlier this month, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham came to SIFA Fireside, one of his nominated charities, to launch their Keep Us Cooking This Winter campaign.

Cath Gilliver, Chief Executive of SIFA Fireside, and Councillor Shafique Shah thanked everyone for their attendance and continued support, and explained the importance of a warm welcome:

By having a warm safe space to have a hot shower and a hot meal, we can work with homeless people at their pace. We build trust and support them to move forward with their lives. We offer accommodation advice, alcohol recovery support, training opportunities, volunteering, plus many more activities and opportunities.

However, the charity needs your support to cover the basics this winter; to heat the drop-in centre, provide hot water, and cook c.2259 lunches per month they need to raise £6,078.

SIFA Fireside are asking supporters to hold fundraising events, donate what they would have otherwise spent on Christmas cards, or simply text WARM23 £5 to 70070.

With your help hopefully they can reach this target! For more information about the campaign, see the flyer below.

Thank you!

Funding Success for Eastside City Park

Eastside City Park is Birmingham’s newest public open space and is heavily used by a wide range of people including students, families visiting ThinkTank and the Science Garden, and patrons of The Woodman pub, amongst others.

Following a summer of activity as part of Birmingham City Council’s Active Parks programme, including weekly rounders and tai chi, the Friends of Eastside City Park are planning a calendar of events for 2015.

The group has been successful in gaining a grant of £9,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will be spent on new signage, a website, self-guided walking tours, games equipment (including a large chess set), and a series of consultation events to obtain feedback from park users.

This is fantastic news and we would like to congratulate the Friends of Eastside City Park in their grant success! As part of our neighbourhood, we will of course continue to offer our support to the park and events taking place there in 2015 and beyond.

Eastside Projects Christmas Quiz

When: Wednesday 17 December, 19:00-22:00
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR
Entry: £1 per team member

The annual Eastside Projects Christmas Quiz returns next Wednesday with challenging questions on a range of miscellany.

Everyone is welcome to form a team and come on down for an evening of puzzling, drinks and merriment. It may not equal the thrilling ‘burning-of-Berlingham-gate’ finale of last year’s event, but Eastside Projects do guarantee the victorious team will walk away with at least as much money as they put in.

For more information, visit the Eastside Projects website.

101 Things Birmingham Gave the World

Our friends over at Paradise Circus have written the definitive guide to the 101 things made in Birmingham that have made the world what it is today.

We’ve had a sneak peek into the insides of the book and it certainly doesn’t disappoint! Exploring how Birmingham gave the world the wonders of nuclear war, the Beatles, and ‘that smell of eggs’ in an inimitable comedic style, it would make an excellent present for any lovers of Birmingham, or just those who love a good factoid or two.

Released today, the book also includes a foreword by Stewart Lee all about his relationship with the city:

101 Things Birmingham Gave The World, is not a Birmingham of the memory. It is a living breathing thing, wrestling with the city’s contradictions, press-ganging the typically arch and understated humour of the Brummie, and an army of little-known facts, both trivial and monumental, into reshaping its confusing reputation.

For more information or to buy the book now in either paperback or e-book formats, visit the Paradise Circus website.

Burger Battle in Digbeth

When: Sunday 14th December 2014, 16:00 onwards
Where: Spot*Light, Unit 2 Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG

This Sunday sees the first round in the UK Burger Battle, a new monthly cook-off testing the best burgers in the land, held right here in Digbeth.

Diners have a four-hour window in which to grab a burger from each competitor before voting for their favourite. Entertainment comes in the form of retro games, a close hand magician and DJs.

Sunday’s event will see The Flying Cows from Rugby take on The Beefy Boys, but is completely sold out. For more information about future rounds and to get your greasy mitts on a ticket for January, keep an eye on UK Burger Battle on Facebook or Twitter.

DSEQ’s First Anniversary Trade Fair

When: Tuesday 16th December, 12:00-14:00
Where: iSE, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ

There are over 50 social enterprises based in Digbeth, dedicated to using business for social good and on Tuesday 16th December, iSE will host a Trade Fair to mark the first anniversary of the launch of Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter (DSEQ).

Everyone is welcome to come along at lunchtime to find out who is doing what in Digbeth, along with a dash of festive food and fun!

The market will be a great opportunity to buy some Christmas gifts, the proceeds of which will go straight back into society and not the pockets of fat cats. Among the exhibitors will be Polish Expats Association who will be selling regional products, handicrafts and more.

For more information, or to enquire about a stall for your own social enterprise, email