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Raise the Curtains

Since moving into their studio at Minerva Works in January 2013, RoguePlay Theatre have supported 22 different companies and artists for rehearsals, performances and workshops; providing safe, affordable and well managed rehearsal space right here in Digbeth.

In addition, over 200 people (between the ages of 6 and 64) have passed through their doors for classes and courses, and RoguePlay’s free community work has reached many people, through performances, workshops and training, as well as over 30 work experience placements for young people.

RoguePlay quite rightly want to become a centre for Circus and Physical Theatre in the West Midlands, and want to stay in their home on Fazeley Street for a long time. To this end, they would like to install black theatre drapes to provide an even better performance space, along with being able to segregate the studio so that it can be used for classes and rehearsal simultaneously.

However, these curtains are not cheap!

RoguePlay need to raise £4,000 to cover the full cost of the drapes and installation; to do so they need your help! Donations of anything from the price of a curtain hook (£3) upwards are most welcome, so even if it’s only small RoguePlay would be very grateful!

Anyone donating will have their name hand painted onto a special wall at the studio to show the company’s appreciation. To donate, please visit the website and click on I want to help.

Thank you!

Suki10c ArtJam Alldayer

When: Saturday 19th April, 12:00 noon onwards
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ

Arguably Digbeth’s most diversely creative and artistic venue, the team at Suki10c are very excited to announce their next ArtJam alldayer, taking place on Saturday 19th April.

Some fantastically talented artists will be coming to Digbeth to throw new works onto the ever more beautiful walls, and there will be free entry to the venue all day.

…art and music all day long, midday to midnight, so come along and vibes with us…

More information will be announced soon, so to keep up to date, click here to register on the Facebook event page.

The ArtBus

When: Thursday 15th May, 17:30–21:00
Where: Starting at Eastside Projects, Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Gallery is taking part in the ArtBus on Thursday 15th May. This is a free event connecting Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Ikon, the Barber Institute, mac Birmingham and Eastside Projects with a hop-on-hop-off shuttle bus over the course of the evening.

Introductory talks and refreshments will be available at each gallery, but the smooth-running of the event depends on volunteers to help man the buses. Volunteer duties involve:

  • Helping people get on and off the bus
  • Distributing information sheets
  • Helping visitors complete evaluation forms

If you are able to help for some or all of the evening, or would like further information, please contact Natalie Osborne on 0121 262 3990 or email Further information about previous ArtBus events is available on the RBSA website.

The Central School of Make-up

The Central School of Make-up, Birmingham’s first internationally accredited independent make-up school, has recently launched in The Custard Factory. It will be the first training school in the UK outside London to offer the International Make-up Association (IMA) Certificate in Make-up Artistry, which was previously only available in select schools in London, Dubai and Moscow.

The school was founded by Laura Hannon, formally Head of Make-up and Artistry for The London School of Beauty and Make-up, which is the largest independent school of its kind in Europe. Laura’s 15 years’ experience in the industry have included working internationally on catwalk shows for designers such as Chanel, at the Cannes Film Festival, and being a guest presenter on television.

Offering a variety of short and intensive courses, ranging from two days to ten weeks, full-time or part-time at evenings/weekends, The Central School of Make-up will combine hands-on studio tuition with seminars from acclaimed guest make-up artists.

For more information, click here to visit the website or email

Tunnel Closures

Dates for the Queensway tunnel closures in Birmingham city centre have been released. As with the temporary closures that took place last year, we expect that this will cause heightened traffic in Digbeth as more vehicles come through the area than usual.

The St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels will be closed as follows:

Friday 4th July until Thursday 17th July 2014:
Overnight closures from 22:00-06:00

From 22:00 on Friday 18th July until 06:00 on Monday 1st September 2014:
Complete closure to all traffic

Monday 1st September until (possibly) Monday 29th September:
Overnight closures from 22:00-06:00

Councillor Tahir Ali, Nechells Ward Councillor and Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, has urged residents to take note of these dates and consider their travel choices while these essential works are completed. For more information, click here to visit the Brum Tunnels website.

Birmingham Irish Heritage Group

When: Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 19:00
Where: Irish Centre Birmingham, High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LN

The Birmingham Irish Heritage Group meets informally on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the the Irish Centre.

Usually, an invited speaker will lead a talk on their particular interest, which is then followed by questions, further discussion and refreshments.

Events are free and open to everyone; for more information, please email or call 0121 604 6111.

Birmingham Connectivity Voucher Scheme

When: Thursday 10th April 2014, 10:30-15:00
Where: The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB
Free event – lunch and refreshments provided

The Connectivity Voucher Scheme aims to help businesses, charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations to take advantage of faster broadband connections. It is funded by the Government’s Urban Broadband Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

Digital Birmingham will cover up to £3,000 of the connection costs for eligible organisations (usually enough to pay for all the work), and as it’s a grant not a loan, you don’t have to pay it back.

Full details of the grant process and the benefits of the connection scheme will be explained at the launch, which features key presenters, case studies and an exhibition. Suppliers and experts will be on hand to provide advice and discuss your specific requirements.

Clearly, the Digital Economy is an important part of Digbeth’s development. We therefore welcome this event, and encourage all local organisations who are able to attend to do so.

To register your attendance at this free event, please click here.

Birmingham Bazaar Expansion!

When: Saturday 5 April, 10:00-16:00
Where: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B4 9AA

The Birmingham Antiques & Vintage Bazaar just keeps getting bigger!

This April will see the second of six planned free events for 2014, which feature an array of vintage and antique treasures, cafés and pop-up vintage tea shops, along with live independent music on the Lakeside stage.

The full-day event will now take over most of the Custard Factory, including the newly extended Lakeside Gallery, allowing regular traders to use the same pitch at every bazaar throughout the year (dates below):

  • Saturday 21 June
  • Saturday 9 August
  • Saturday 18 October
  • Saturday 13 December

For more information, click here to visit the B2B website, or call 01636 676 531.

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.