The Birmingham Architecture Festival (BirmArcFest) returns to the city later this month with a full programme of varied events. We’ve given details on participating Digbeth venues below, but to see the full schedule, please visit the festival website.

BirmArchFest are still looking for volunteers to help with organisational and operational aspects; for more information on the opportunities available and details on how to register your interest, please click here (file download).

Art and Regeneration Cycling Tour
When: Friday 23rd May, 16:00-18:30
Where: Start from Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR
Tickets: £3 (available online here)

Two wheels are perfect for exploring the past, present and possible futures of Birmingham. Focusing on Digbeth – the city’s creative heart – the tour will highlight the role of artists in imagining what tomorrow could look like.

Portable Camera Obscura
When: Saturday 24th May
Where: Birmingham City Centre

A portable giant Camera Obscura, transported on a wheelbarrow, will be roaming the streets of Birmingham throughout Saturday 24th May… do we need to say more? Come and experience the city in a different way through this bespoke device.

Digbeth Buildings with Potential with Joe Holyoak
When: Saturday 24th May, 16:30-18:00
Where: Start from outside Selfridges on Park Street, Digbeth
Tickets: £7 (available online here)

Digbeth and Deritend are historic parts of Birmingham, mostly contained within two conservation areas. The walk will focus on rather neglected buildings which contain possibilities for the future.

Eastside Through the Lens
When: Sunday 25th May, 19:00-21:00
Where: Start from the Adam & Eve, Bradford Street, Digbeth
Tickets: £7 (available online here)

Soak up the area’s rich industrial heritage and its the newer developments on this this guided circular walk. Participants will be asked to consider the contrasting architecture and its relationship with the urban environment, constantly changing with street art additions. No experience is required, although participants should bring either a camera or smart phone.

City Sweet
When: Until Friday 30th May
Where: Sara Preisler Gallery, Custard Factory

City Sweet is an exhibition at Sara Preisler Gallery celebrating the industrial architecture which Birmingham proudly boasts. Featuring miniature sculptures alongside jewellery and ceramics, City Sweet shines a light on the stark beauty of Birmingham’s industrial heritage.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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