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Real Heritage Pubs of the Midlands

When: Tuesday 21st April, 13:00 onwards
Where: The Woodman, New Canal Street, Digbeth, B5 5LG

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is launching their book Real Heritage Pubs of the Midlands at the Woodman tomorrow lunchtime. No doubt a pint or two will be raised in its honour!

The book features 201 pubs across the Midlands that have retained interiors or internal features of historic interest, including no less than three Digbeth pubs.

This guide will lead you from rural time-warp pubs to ornate drinking palaces, and includes some unsung interiors from the inter-war period. This is the first guide of its kind for the Midlands, championing the need to celebrate, understand and protect the genuine pub heritage remaining to us.

For more information about the book, visit the CAMRA website here.

What’s on at iSE

Digbeth’s iSE supports social entrepreneurs across the city. They are particular busy with events this month, with tomorrow seeing the start of City Drive – a week long campaign to increase awareness of social enterprise.

See below more information about upcoming events at iSE:

Millennium Point’s Young Innovator Prize

We’re delighted that this year’s Millennium Point Young Innovator Prize has been won by a student who is a neighbour from Highgate.

The award means that Malik Sheryar-Karamat from St Alban’s Academy has secured a sponsored undergraduate degree place at Birmingham City University in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE).

Malik impressed the judges and outshined three other finalists with his presentation entitled ‘Will robots save or destroy us?’. He will also have an opportunity to undertake work experience this summer at Millennium Point in Digbeth.

Congratulations Malik!

Birmingham – The Magic City

BAZ are an art-world think-tank based at Grand Union in Digbeth.

Their project Birmingham – The Magic City was originally conceived as a satirical look at local authority marketing; Birmingham in Alabama became known as The Magic City due to the seeming overnight growth of its iron and steel industry.

Baz have recently released a new three colour edition of their hugely popular Magic City tote bag, available on the Grand Union website here.

Grab one quick before they sell out again! For more information about Baz, and to read their tongue-in-cheek funding application, visit their website here.

BFoE Pub Quiz‏

When: Sunday 19th April, 19:00 onwards
Where: The Anchor, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET

On Sunday, Birmingham Friends of the Earth will be hosting another pub quiz and charity raffle at The Anchor.

This is a fantastic opportunity to have fun and raise money for BFOE’s upcoming campaigns, centred around the local economy, nature, and waste recycling in Birmingham.

Any team with up to a maximum of four people can take part in the quiz; the entry fee is £2 per person. For more information, visit the BFOE website  or check out the Facebook event page.

So some along, bring your friends, and be sure to have a good time!

Record Store Day

When: Saturday 18th April, 09:00 onwards
Where: Left For Dead Records, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

Left For Dead is celebrating international Record Store Day this Saturday. Alongside their regular fantastic selection of vinyl and CD, they will also be stocking a big selection of this year’s exclusive vinyl releases.

This year, Left For Dead is teaming up with the Mockingbird to supply free coffee for the early risers. There will also be a plethora of live music coming to you right from the shop. See below for the full list:

09:00 Boat To Row
12:00 God Damn
12:30 Baby Godzilla
15:00 Matthew Edwards

For more information, click here to visit the Left For Dead website, or here to follow the shop on Twitter.

Spring Market

When: Saturday 18th April, 12:00–18:00
Where: The Bond, 180 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £1.50 on the door (or £1 with an Independent Birmingham card)

Seasonal Markets returns to The Bond this week with its Spring Market offering for 2015. As with previous markets, this event is a one day urban festival with the best of Birmingham’s food, drink and artistic offerings.

Featuring a courtyard of street food, real ale and cocktail bar with live DJs, canal side barge traders moored up in the venue, and an indoor market hall of artisan food producers, local artists and designers.

For more information, see the Facebook event page here.

Im Bau

Exhibition opens: Friday 17th April, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition continues: 18 April – 14 June 2015
Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

In her first major UK solo exhibition, Aideen Doran will be leading an experimental research project at Grand Union, investigating the city as a space for artistic, economic and ideological production.

Aideen’s research responds specifically to the shifting fabric of the city of Birmingham, critiquing its contemporary urban culture of regeneration through research into the archival traces of the city’s urban past, and its past visions of the future city.

For the duration of Im Bau, the Grand Union gallery space will become a transitional research lab of sorts. It will hold a revolving selection of curated historical materials, all of which share the quality of being future-looking yet historical, science-fictions from a vanished present.

Im Bau will result in an essay and small publication produced by Aideen in collaboration with Grand Union later in 2015. For more information, visit Grand Union’s website.

NHWN Newsletter – April 2015

Dear members & supporters,

Please find below the introduction to each article included in the April 2015 edition of ‘Our News’ (the NHWN 6 weekly newsletter).

This edition includes:


Guerilla Gardening

When: Saturday 11 April, 11:00-16:00
Where: Meet outside The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

The Real Junk Food Project (or TRJFP for short) is a nation-wide movement aiming to eliminate food waste. The organisation re-purposes perfectly edible food that otherwise wood have been thrown away by supermarkets, restaurants or even producers whose products do not make it into the food chain.

Along with rescuing food from landfill, TRJFP also are trying to produce their own, and have recently acquired a space in Digbeth.

Today they are holding a Guerilla Gardening session, including clean-up work and planning how to best use their new outside space. Everyone is welcome to come lend a hand, but please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy footwear is recommended!

As a thank you, all volunteers will be fed with the usually eclectic TRJFP-fare. For more information about future events, see the Facebook page or follow @TRJFPBrum on Twitter.