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MADE Birmingham 2015

When: Saturday 25th July 2015, 12:00-00:00
Where: The Digbeth Triangle

The Metropolitan Arts and Dance Event (MADE) returns to Digbeth in July, hoping to capitalise on the success of last year’s instalment.

Taking place at various venues across Digbeth, MADE promises to provide twelve hours of high grade dance music, from artists including: Julio Bashmore, Heidi, Claude VonStroke, Doorly, David Rodigan, Friction, Beardyman, Subb-An, Adam Shelton, Norman Jay, Stanton Warriors, Wilkinson, Lee Foss, Blonde, Philip George, Dusky, Paleman, Trojan Sound System, MK, Nightmares On Wax, and more!

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the website here.

Sunday Classics Returns!

When: Sunday 5th April, 16:30 onwards
Where: 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

After a little hiatus owing to the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the brilliant and free Sunday Classics returns to The Spotted Dog this weekend.

For the uninitiated, Sunday Classics evolved from a conversation between members of staff at The Spotted Dog, many of whom are students at the Birmingham Conservatoire. The free event is designed to give the talented musicians a platform, as well as offering audiences the chance to enjoy and learn about classical music in a very accessible, non-threatening and comfortable pub setting.

Lucy Stabler is the brains behind the event. She says:

I decided to set up Sunday Classics after noticing a distinct lack of professional development opportunities for all young classical musicians outside the normal Symphony Hall avenues. Following regular requests from pub regulars for me and other staff to perform, I thought it would be great to open the doors to in this marvellous pub and arts venue to a whole array of musicians.

Following the performances to feed your hunger for good music, there will be food available to sate your stomach! To learn more about the event, visit the Facebook page here.

New menu at Alfie Bird’s

Where: Alfie Bird’s, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B12 0NX
When: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 ’til late; open Sundays from 12:00

As soon as we found out that the team at Alfie Bird’s moved walls to get their pizza oven into the building, we knew that this was a place serious about it’s food offering. And as with all good restaurants, every so often, their menu has adapted to suit changing tastes.

The team at Alfie’s has recently unveiled their new menu, and we’re not the only ones that think it’s amazing:

The menu focuses on burgers and pizzas to make best use of that fiery oven, but also offers a variety of salads and lighter dishes. There is also the best part of a page dedicated to cocktails (hello!) which sets Alfie’s apart from other bars and pubs in Digbeth.

See the full menu below, and for more information, visit the Alfie Bird’s website or Facebook page.

Digbeth First Friday – April 2015

When: Friday 3rd April, 17:00-late
Where: various venues across Digbeth

This Bank Holiday Friday, Digbeth First Friday presents another jam-packed evening of exhibitions, screenings, frolics and food. With a diverse range of events from a pop-up café at Digbeth Community Garden and new artist residencies at Stryx, to film screenings highlighting life in Digbeth at A3 Project Space and celebrating Grand Union’s 5th Birthday, there’s definitely something for everyone!

Party on until 2am and experience the incredible variety of events this month has to offer whilst enjoying a glass of wine and discovering the fantastic independent culture Digbeth has to offer this month, including:

Pop-up Waste Food Café, 17:00-20:00
Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, B5 5PG

The Real Junkfood Project return with their ‘pay as you feel’ pop-up café, using food that would otherwise have been discarded to make delicious meals and snacks. There will be music from ‘Boys’ who will be performing any requests.

I’ll Bring You Flowers, 18:00-21:00
Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT

This exhibition presents work by collective practice ‘They Are Here’, who answered a classified ad in Russian language newspaper Angliya. It translated as: “Everyone needs to eat and occasionally present flowers. For both you need money. With no job, no money. Help me find a job and you’ll be presented flowers.”

Grand Union’s 5th Birthday Party, 19:00-02:00
Grand Union, Unit 19, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Grand Union will be celebrating in style, with a commissioned performance by current artist-in-residence Phil Hession, followed by an immersive set by artist Benedict Drew. DJs will see us dancing into the early hours.

Good Friday Black Hole Club, 18:00-20:00
Vivid Projects, Unit 16, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Join the Black Hole Club for a Good Friday mix of new sounds, shapes and directions. Artists including John Bradburn, Michael Lightborne, Kate Spence and Leon Trimble will share mixes and sneak peeks of work in progess. Meet the new producer and pitch your ideas, too.

Feminist Residencies, 18:00-20:00
Stryx, Unit 13, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

STRYX will launch a new two month residency for Birmingham-based Feminist artists with a mini exhibition of the artists’ work, a show reel of interviews, and the artists themselves.

Born To Be Wild, 18:00-21:00
HFWAS, Unit 9 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Home For Waifs And Strays is shining a light on some of the most exciting female artists creating work from Newcastle, Bristol, London and Nottingham.

Elements, 18:00-21:00
The Bond Café Gallery, 180-182 Fazeley Street, B5 5SE

This exhibition of new paintings from The Bond’s Artist in Residence, Paul Hirst, whose work explores the notion of remembered elements of landscapes experienced through the act of walking.

You Are Here by Chris Paul Daniels, final screening at 18:15
A3 Project Space, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, B10 0SA

Chris Paul Daniels shares his rapid portraits and glimpses of lives from residents and workers of Digbeth and Bordesley.

First Friday Frolics, 20:00-02:00
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH

Artists on The Edge have teamed up with Dorcha to bring you another evening of wondrous variety. Expect more weird performances from the Fabarray family, accompanied by Albert’s delicious recipes, washed down with cocktail cures.


Deliveroo is a new service coming soon to Birmingham, that delivers restaurant quality food to you, but only if you’re less than 2.2km from the restaurant.

This means Digbeth residents will be able to enjoy fantastic meals from award-winning restaurants, like The Karczma and Warehouse Café, without having to leave the house – great news if you’re lazy like me!

Deliveroo already have 17 independently-owned restaurants in the city signed-up, and more will be announced before their official launch. If you’re interested in learning more, you could be in with the chance of winning £250 worth of vouchers…

To enter the competition, all you need to do is enter your name and email address at this link, or follow @Deliveroo_Bham on Twitter. If you want two entries – you can do both!

Bon appétit!

Digbeth Canal Clean Up Day

When: Sunday 5th April, 10:00-14:00
Where: Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Local residents Alison and Louise live on the Grand Union Canal by Minerva Works in Digbeth, and have made it their mission to clean up the waterway.

Alison has the support of the Canal and River Trust to run a canal clean up team on the first Sunday of every month. The next event will take place on Easter Sunday, 5th April; all volunteers willing to give up some time on the Bank Holiday will be helped along by a workboat!

The first Digbeth towpath tidy was attended by a number of keen residents, along with Digbeth PC Karen Jones, who collected over 20 bags of litter over the course of the afternoon. We would really encourage anyone who can to lend a hand, even for just a short time, to support this fantastic cause.

For more information, email Alison on or join the Facebook group here.

Sneaks&Peaks 6

When: Saturday 28th March, 12:00 onwards
Where: Boxxed, 104–105 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: £3 on the door, £5 VIP advance tickets available online

Sneaks & Peaks returns for its sixth outing this weekend, which helpfully coincides with its second birthday!

Spread over two warehouses and the external space at Boxxed, the event just gets bigger every time. Billed as the premier source of footwear and street wear in the Midlands, the event also features street art, street food, and entertainment from DJs and live acts. There will also be cake to celebrate turning two.

Advance tickets can still be bought online here, which offer you queue jump and a special gift. For more information, visit the website or Facebook event page.

Dead Pixels at Digbeth Dining Club

When: Friday 3rd April, 18:00-00:00
Where: Spotlight and Next Door, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG

This coming First Friday, Dead Pixels in association with Digbeth Dining Club, invite you to their next outing at Spotlight and Next Door.

Enjoy retro gaming and delicious street food, accompanied by live street art from Digbeth regulars Liskbot and Chunxx, and a soundtrack courtesy of DJ Jekyll.

For more information, check out the Facebook event page or join the Facebook group.

The Monkey Club

When: Saturday 28th March, 20:30 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Free entry – but donations for DJs greatly appreciated

Join revellers at The Spotted Dog later this month for an evening of vinyl appreciation, featuring R&B, northern soul and reggae sounds.

See more information in the flyer below:

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You Are Here at Flatpack

When: Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March, 12:00-17:00
In conversation: Sunday 29th March, 13:00
Where: A3 Project Space, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA

Chris Paul Daniels has made a series of audio/video portraits of residents and workers from Digbeth and Bordesley Village. Chris interviewed people living in Bordesley Village, young people involved in St Basil’s, and even yours truly…

Each portrait’s length is dictated by the distance from Birmingham New Street station to the location of the interview, creating collective portraiture through glimpsed lives inhabiting the locations. The completed film is being exhibited at A3 Project Space as part of Flatpack Festival 2015.

The footage collated jumps between different formats – black and white 8mm film, colour 16mm film and HD video to highlight the dramatic variations on how place can be represented, while the score by renowned electronic musician, Graham Massey builds on the theme of dis-location.

On Sunday 29th March, Chris will be at A3 to screen and discuss his experimental and reflexive approaches to portraiture regarding place formed through a series of projects in Nairobi, Newcastle, China, and Birmingham. To learn more, visit the A3 website, or the Facebook event page.