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Thursday is Blues Night

When: Every Thursday from 20:00
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Free Entry

From tonight, every Thursday will be Blues Night at The Spotted Dog.

Following from the success of their jazz nights on a Tuesday, which attract a crowd from across the city, the team at The Spotted Dog have cracked open their little black book of blues music contracts to put on a veritable weekly feast of aural pleasure.

Featuring sets from DJs Dylan and Dave Le Moderne, this is sure to be a welcome addition to the vast and varied music scene in Digbeth.

Digbeth Photowalks

When: Saturday 29th March, 10:00
Where: Meet at the corner of Bradford Steet by the Adam & Eve pub
Tickets: £6 (available online)

We here at DRA know Tracey Thorne as she is a regular poster of Digbeth photos on Twitter. Now Tracey is hoping to share her passion for Digbeth and photography with others through two photowalks she is organising in March and April.

I am a big fan of Digbeth and really want to use photography as a way to engage people in looking more closely at urban areas.

The first of these photowalks takes place on Saturday from 10:00; click here to visit Facebook to learn more, or here to purchase a ticket.

To learn more about Tracey and her work, click here to visit her website, or call 07967 696171. If you can’t make this photowalk but would still like to take part, there will be another one on Sunday 27th April at 14:00.

Imaginary Poland

In a collaboration between Polish Expats Association and Flatpack Festival 2014, PEA presents Imaginary Poland. A series of events taking place in Digbeth, featuring an exhibition and events from artist Brendan Jackson, exploring darker subject matter in 1970s Polish cinema and television:

Imaginary Poland – exhibition
When: Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th March
Where: Flatpack Kavarna, Spotlight, Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham B9 4AG
Free entry

An exhibition exploring Calling 07, a crime series broadcast by Polish television between 1976 and 1987 and inspired by the James Bond character, who was considered to be anti-socialist.

Calling 07 – performative lecture
When: Sunday 30th March, 13:00
Where: Flatpack Palais, Spotlight, Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham B9 4AG
Free entry

The exhibition will be accompanied by a multi-faceted performative lecture from Dr Iwona Kurz (Director of Film and Visual Culture, Institute of Polish Culture, Warsaw), who will look at the reasons why evil did not exist in Poland under communism, or at least, not in the movies.

The Dark House – film screening
When: Sunday 30th March, 14:15
Where: Flatpack Palais, Spotlight, Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham B9 4AG
Tickets: £7.50/£5.50 (concessions)

Directly following Iwona Kurz’s talk, there will be a screening of director Wojciech Smarzowski’s film The Dark House. The story switches between the murder of a family on a remote farm in 1978, and an investigation which takes place during martial law four years later. Please note that due to adult content, the film is Certificate 18.

Grand Union Events – March 2014

Sunday Sunday

Urban Village is now open on Sundays!

Frankie and the team at Urban Village have listened to customer feedback, and will now be opening seven days a week to ensure that everyone, regardless of their working pattern, can now enter their little slice of vintage shopping heaven!

Their new (and improved) opening times are now:

Monday-Friday 10:30–18:00
Saturday 10:30-17:30
Sunday 11:00–16:00

For more information, click here to visit the Urban Village website, or pop into the shop at the Custard Factory to speak to the team.

10 Years of The Rainbow Venues

When: Saturday 19 April – Monday 21 April
Where: The Rainbow Venues, 160 Digbeth High Street, B12 0LD

Having unquestionably changed the Midland’s clubbing landscape over the last ten years, The Rainbow has hosted some of the biggest names from the worlds of house, techno, bass and everything in between. It has been the site for huge festivals and has continually evolved and adapted, changed and improved, to keep ahead of the times.

To celebrate their first decade, The Rainbow will be hosting a weekend packed full of events from Saturday 19th to Monday 21st April. Along with the expected parties, there will be road closures, and even Secret Walls will be hosting a live ice cream van illustration battle!

A number of films championing The Rainbow’s contribution to clubbing are being released on a weekly basis via their YouTube channel.

During this extraordinary weekend, Digbeth Residents Association asks for the support and patience of our members as it is likely that The Rainbow and its patrons will be emitting more noise than usual. As ever, if you have any questions you’d like to ask ahead of the event, please contact Scott on or 0121 753 1818.

For more information about the weekend, click to visit The Rainbow’s website or Facebook page.

Spring Market

When: Saturday 12th April, 12:00-18:00
Where: The Bond, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE

A new seasonal market is being launched in Digbeth to celebrate the best wares our country has to offer.

The team behind the Bournville Waffle Company have invited over 50 traders to The Bond who they’ve met while touring the country in their specially-converted 1970s Mustang caravan.

With three designated areas for local art, artisan food producers and street food vendors, the market will also feature a craft beer stand and cocktail bar.

For more information, click here to visit the Spring Market website. Here’s hoping the weather will be as glorious as the line-up!

Awards success for Creative Alliance

Creative Alliance, based in Digbeth, works to enable people to get into the creative and cultural industries. With 80% of creative apprenticeships resulting in a qualification and full time employment, apprenticeships are a viable entry route for talented young people to break into the notoriously difficult industry.

In addition, Creative Alliance has just been named the Training Provider of the Year in the inaugural Apprenticeships 4 England Awards! Noel Dunne, Director of Creative Alliance, put their success down to the collected passion, talent and commitment of three groups of people:

  • Pioneering employers prepared to invest their own time and money into nurturing emerging creative talent.
  • Talented young people successfully applying for apprenticeships and justifying their employers’ faith in them.
  • Experienced professionals working with Creative Alliance to help young people achieve their qualifications.

For more information on Creative Alliance click here to visit their website, or here to read their magazine, CA Link.

Selr8r at Boxxed Workspace

SELR8R will take over Boxxed in Digbeth from April until June 2014, and is described as a “finishing school for start-ups”:
Businesses looking for investment submit proposals and if accepted, will receive £10,000 in seed-funding, along with a 50-day intensive programme including accommodation and advice from professional investors.

The professionals lending their support to the initiative are Irish Dragons’ Den panel member Sean O’Sullivan, Boxxed founder Danny Fisher, mentor Alan Clayton, and social networking pioneer Bill Liao – the first investor in

Up to 25 start-ups will be accepted onto the business boot-camp, where business models, customer profiles and marketing messages will be comprehensively reviewed to see where improvements can be made.

Mr Clayton said: “Birmingham is one of the most exciting and creative cities to set up and expand a business. This new programme will see us put start-ups through their paces in the hope of developing the city’s next set of thriving companies.”

For more information, click here to visit the SELR8R website.

Frame 2014

Conference: Saturday 12th April, 10:30-18:00; tickets £10-£35
Exhibition: Saturday 12th April, 18:00 onwards; free entry
Where: Custard Factory

Frame are hosting their second annual open exhibition for Saturday 12th April. Amateur and professional photographers with ties to the West Midlands submit their work for judging and exhibition at the Custard Factory, with prizes available for the best images.

Along with the exhibition, Frame will also be holding a conference dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting photographers and artists from across the West Midlands. The conference has the support of the Custard Factory, Royal Photographic Society, Birmingham Loves Photography, and PAiL; further information and booking details can be found here.