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BASS Festival

When: 19th June until 13th July 2012
Where: Venues across Birmingham, including the Custard Factory, PST and The Edge in Digbeth

The annual BASS festival (British Arts and Street Sounds) it is the UK’s only month long celebration of Black Music and Art.

The theme for this year’s festival is Jamaica, which coincides with the country’s celebration of 50 years of independence and the arrival of the Jamaican Olympic team to train in Birmingham.

Birmingham has over 70,000 residents from Jamaica – the second largest community in the UK – and is also known as Reggae City with artists like Steel Pulse, UB40, Apache Indian, Bitty McLean and Pato Banton all having roots here. UB40 even recorded the music video for their single Red Red Wine in the Eagle and Tun in Digbeth.

BASS Festival is produced by Digbeth-based Punch, which started out as a record store in 1997. For more information on BASS Festival and line-up announcements visit www.punch-records.co.uk.

Sensateria @ Club PST

The sixties-themed night Sensateria began in 1984 and ran for ten years, moving around venues including some in Digbeth.

It returns tonight to Club PST on Lombard Street in Digbeth. Doors open at 10pm, with entry from £4.

Totally psychedelic.

TG Collective Play the Polish Club

When: Friday 25th May, 20:00 onwards
Where: The Polish Club, Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PH
Tickets £10

Birmingham’s TG Collective (TGC) will be celebrating the launch of their new album in the curious surrounds of Digbeth’s Polish Club this evening, with support from Dan Wilkins (solo Kora).

Fresh from performances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Pizza Express Soho, and a live session for JazzFM, TGC return to Birmingham before the release of ‘Release The Penguins’ this Monday – their first studio album as TG Collective.

Winning rave reviews, and with the eclectic six-piece flamenco, gypsy jazz and contemporary classical band’s debut album making its way into The Sunday Times’ Records of The Year in 2005, TCG are surely not to be missed!

Digbeth Jubbly Street Party!

When: Sunday 3rd June 2012, 13:00 – 17:00
Where: Warwick Street (next to the spotted Dog pub), Digbeth

Digbeth Residents Association will be holding a vintage-themed Jubbly Party on Warwick Street in Digbeth (next to the spotted Dog pub) on Sunday 3rd June.

Make sure you come along for a whole host of fun!

• Tea, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream served from 2-3pm
• Retro video games arcade
• Live music
• Retro fashion and prizes for best vintage costumes
• Hula Hoop competition
• Free-style cake competition – bake and bring your favourite cake

For catering purposes, please RSVP to contact@mydigbeth.co.uk or join the Facebook Event.

See you there!

High Rides and Low Tides

When: Saturday 2nd June, 12:00 noon onwards
Where: Custard Factory, Digbeth

High Rides and Low Tides will be the first of eight group exhibitions of original works by Brothers of the Stripe, an artist collective consisting of Stephen Chan, Joel Millerchip, Kristian Jones, FiST, The Cloud Commission, Iain Sellar, Will Scobie, Mr The Beef and Patrick Schmidt.

The show will aim to bring together a mix of individual illustration styles and a unique visual take on imaginative rides via land and sea. Originals, limited edition prints and more will be on display.

In addition, there will also be live drawing, live screen printing by Get a Grip and live music. Click here to read more about the event on Facebook.

High Rides

Eurovision @ The Spotted Dog

When: Saturday 26th May, 19:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, Warwick Street, Digbeth

Yes, we know Eurovision can be Eurotrash, but with friends and a sense of humour, it can actually be a bit of a laugh!

The Spotted Dog will be showing the contest in it’s full Eurotastic glory on Saturday, along with a DJ, BBQ and an opportunity to show Graham Norton how it should be done on the karaoke.

Free entry, fancy dress optional, but residents are advised to look out for:

  • Over-elaborate performance/costume/stage design
  • Performers singing a ballad sat on stools, and then standing up at the key change
  • Streakers/stage invaders
  • A sarcastic comment from Mr Norton
  • “Wardrobe malfunctions”
  • Other Eurovision cliches besides

See you there!

Acoustic Bites

When: Sunday 3rd June, 13:30 – 16:30
Where: The Bay Leaf, Custard Factory

Acoustic Bites returns to the Bay Leaf on Sunday 3rd June.

Join in with an afternoon of live acoustic music in a chilled atmosphere with some fine singers, songwriters, musicians and spoken word artists, accompanied by fresh coffee, beers, wines, and bangladelicious bites.

As ever, kids are more than welcome, with the Custard Factory’s courtyard safe for scooters, skateboards and running about!

Filum Night – Documentary Night

When: Monday 28th May, 19:30 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, Warwick Street, Digbeth

The next Filum Night on Monday 28th May will be more of a Documentary Night… Featuring two Irish-themed docs:

Ireland in all her sins and graces
First up is a highly recommended documentary from 1992, written, narrated by and featuring J. P. Donleavy. Produced and directed by Katherine R.R. Carpenter for the Discovery Channel and RTÉ. Running time: 50 minutes.

Winner of the Worldfest Houston Gold Award 1992 and a Cine Golden Eagle award in 1993, J.P. Donleavy’s Ireland features the author reading passages from his book of the same title as well as from A Singular Country and The History of The Ginger Man while taking the viewer on a personal tour of “…the land that long knows how to tolerate suffering.” A lot on Ireland and on the author. One highlight is a peek into Donleavy’s study at Levington Park where he demonstrates how he revises his manuscripts – a manner quite unique.

Famine to Freedom
The second documentary is from the Discovery Channel’s “Moments in Time Series”. Running time: 50 minutes.

During Ireland’s potato famine in the 19th century, over a million people died of starvation and disease. Another 1.5 million emigrated to other countries. An excavation of one village reveals the lives of Irish farmers during these tragic times.

As per, tea and cream buns will be served free of charge. Enjoy!

Do the Digbeth Shuffle

Photo: Winkles!

For anyone who missed Digbeth Shuffle at the Spotted Dog last Saturday, you seriously missed out!

Here’s some photo evidence of the raucous party that capped off Flatpack‘s season of dance films for the International Dance Festival Birmingham. Entertainment included rockabilly trio The Magnificatz, DJs from Sugarfoot Stomp and spectacular go-go routines courtesy of The Actionettes. Not to mention an impromptu conga line at the end.

There’s also a run down of events at the Urban75 blog.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

West Modlands

When: 28th May to 18th June
Where: Bay Leaf Cafe Bar, Custard Factory

The Bay Leaf is looking forward to welcoming Jamie McGrane’s photography exhibition later this month. Jamie has been a proud Mod since 1984, and will share this passion using his amazing photography.

This is set to be the coolest arts launch ever, so make sure to pop down to the Bay Leaf to check out his work!

This is part of Bay Leaf’s commitment to promote local artist with free exhibition space – get in touch if you would like to display your work.