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City Drive 2015 – Feedback

iSE recently held a week of events called City Drive, pointing the spotlight directly on social enterprise in Digbeth and indeed Birmingham as a whole.

It’s now easier than ever before to use a social enterprise for your business/personal needs. The Shop for Change website has been been updated so that you can search for anything from socially-responsible accountants to window cleaners in just a few clicks! Visit the directory here.

See the infographic below for the results of City Drive:

Important Announcement – City of Colours 2015

From the City of Colours organising committee:

Last year’s City of Colours was a great success and interest in 2015 has again been high.

As a team we have faced a number of challenges in our planning process, in particular around the funding required to ensure that a bigger, better, more innovative festival is safe, friendly and in line with our fundamental values.

Funding is always a challenge. We have been successful in securing Arts Council funding as well as number of exciting sponsors, but with increased visitors comes significant responsibility to ensure a safe festival. We have considered making it a paid event but feel that this goes against our core values of promoting community cohesion and the true carnival feel that we very much want to replicate from last year.

So, we have taken the decision to postpone the event planned for September 2015 until the early summer of 2016.

We appreciate that many will be disappointed by the delay, but we believe it will be worth it! With this extra time we can develop further sponsor links and funding streams.

In the meantime, we will be hosting a number of smaller pop-up events whilst we plan and prepare for a bigger and better City of Colours Festival 2016.

Again, we thank you for all your support. Without you we couldn’t do this. We will keep in touch with our plans and progress.

Keep an eye on the City of Colours website and Facebook page for more announcements as they are made.

A Community Flag for Birmingham

Birmingham City Council asked residents to design a Community Flag for Birmingham, one that can be used to represent our city and its people around the world.

More than 470 entries were submitted, designed by people ranging from a 10-year-old school boy, to professional designers, photographers and a Brownie leader!

Many entries were similar so on the advice of the Flag Institute, the judging panel decided to merge some of the designs to make six really strong flags to put to a public vote.

To see the shortlist and to vote for your favourite, visit the community flag website before 28th June.

All Ears vs Bees in a Tin

When: Friday 12th June, 10:30-17:00
Exhibition: open 10:00-17:00 daily from today until Sunday 14th June
Where: Level 2, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Digbeth, B4 7XG

Part of Supersonic Festival, All Ears is a free exhibition exploring innovations in early music technology. Curated by Digbeth-based Capsule, it will include a new commission by artist collective Owl Project, who work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound to create music through machines, interfaces and objects.

New works, including a reconditioned five-octave pipe organ and an Oak Apple Orchestra, will be exhibited alongside Victorian music boxes and table top organs from Birmingham Museum Trust’s rarely-seen collection.

Part of All Ears, Bees in a Tin (taking place on Friday 12th June) is a day dedicated to presentations and demonstrations by artists whose work crosses between the arts, science, technology and gaming. Featuring performances and workshops on a variety of topics from microbiology to research through design. For more information and tickets click here.

For more information about All Ears, click here visit the Millennium Point website.


When: Sunday 14th June, 15:00–22:00
Where: unPlug, 79 Digbeth High Street, B5 6DY
Free Entry

Kink is a brand new free event coming to Digbeth this month, celebrating the creativity of (mostly) over 30s from Birmingham and beyond.

A free event featuring music, photography, fashion, and art over two floors, from:

For more information, visit the Facebook event page, and to keep up to date with future outings, see the Kink Events page.

The Good Water

When: Saturday 13 June, 20:00
Where: 22 Green Street, Digbeth, B12 0NB
Free Entry

The Good Water presents an alternative, one-off DIY artist-led event, featuring an eclectic array of music from #Foxnewsdisco, The Good Water, and special guests.

Late night rare vinyl grooves will be provided by The Monkey Club DJs – Jodie Lamb, John Weston, Dave Le Modern and Dylan Gibbons. Entry is free, but donations are welcome and will go directly to the artists involved.

You know when you go to a gig to watch band, stand around in a big space waiting for some music, you watch a band, wait, watch another band, wait, hear the band you came to see, and then go home? This is nothing like that.

Capacity at the event is highly limited: visit the Good Water Facebook page to learn more.

Midlands Masters III

When: Thursday 4th June, 18:45–22:30
Where: Spotlight & Nextdoor, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
Tickets: available online here

Glug Birmingham returns for its final edition of Midland Masters, presenting a programme of insightful industry talks from local designers and creatives at Spotlight & Nextdoor.

For this third instalment, Inkygoodness have hand-picked an eclectic mix of industry speakers with a vast scope and breadth of creative experience, including:

  • Gavin Strange
  • Jonny Costello
  • Carin Standford & Casper Franken
  • Luke Tonge
  • Ian Francis

If that wasn’t enough, food will be provided by two Digbeth Dining Club regulars. For more information, or to book tickets, visit the Glug Birmingham website.

Young Rogues Auditions

When: Saturday 6th June, 12:00-14:00
Where: West Midlands Creation Centre, Unit 8, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

The Young Rogues are a group of young people aged 8-19 years, from a variety of backgrounds, performing on stage, TV, and in film. They meet every Saturday during term time to work with professional actors to develop their skills.

RoguePlay Theatre has great connections with companies such as The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Maverick TV and Sudden Productions, and are able to facilitate exciting job opportunities. To add to their most recent list of credits, The Young Rogues have performed at the International Youth Arts Festival in London, been involved with Network Rail advertising, Channel 5, Maverick TV and most recently in feature film She Who Brings Gifts starring Glenn Close and Gemma Atherton.

Auditions to join the Young Rogues are taking place on Saturday 6th June in Digbeth; for more information and to book at place at the auditions, visit the RoguePlay website.

See the Young Rogues in action at The Crescent Theatre on the 19th July as part of Birmingham Fest.

Vintage Hideaway

When: Monday 1st – Saturday 6th June, 11:00-18:00
Where: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

All this week, Vintage Hideaway are hosting a charity fundraising sale at the Custard Factory.

Vintage clothing, accessories, and brick-a-brack will all be sold to raise funds for volunteer training at Resources for Autism.

See the poster below for more information:

Serve Ping

When: Saturday 30th May, from 15:00
Where: Boxxed, 104-108 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR

Fancy a bit of ping pong in a nightclub space? Serve Ping will be right up your street!

This Saturday at Boxxed, you can enjoy a bar, street food and ping pong, all while watching the FA Cup final on giant indoor and outdoor screens. If that’s not enough, after the match live DJs will play late into the night.

Serve is always free entry into the bar and party, but if you do want to play ping pong on one of the eight full size tables, you will need to pre-book (costs start at £5 for 30 minutes).

For more information, visit the Serve website.