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Digbeth First Friday – September 2014

When: Friday 5 September, 18:00
Where: Various locations around Digbeth

Along with all the other excellent stuff happening around Digbeth this First Friday evening that we’ve already featured (Imbue at PROVIDE and the Nowhere Bar pop-up at A3 amongst others), there’s still lots more to get your teeth into later on today:

Operation Tom @ Friction Arts
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Friction Arts will be exhibiting artwork created by emerging artists, aged 7 to 16, as part of their Saturday morning Art Club.

The work includes prints, drawings, paintings, and a sculpture made from finger-knitting enlarged to an industrial scale. Most striking is the video art which includes shadow-puppetry, and a film created by the young people in which they read out their own imagined epitaphs.


Away From All Suns @ Eastside Projects
86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

Giant Axe Field will be taking over the Eastside Projects gallery to perform a live and improvised audio visual reworking of Jindřich Polák’s pioneering 1963 film Ikarie XB 1. Bass, guitar and drums trigger film clips, creating an immersive audio-visual excursion into Deep Space Rock. Giant Axe Field is an experimental music project by Sean O’Keeffe and Simon Bailey.

For more information about other events taking place this month, visit the Digbeth First Friday website.

The Boogie Dave Birthday Bash

When: Saturday 6 September, 12:00 onwards
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ

If you’re venturing into Digbeth for the City of Colours festival tomorrow (if not, change your plans NOW!), Suki10c should certainly be on your list of places to visit.

The building’s exterior was transformed with street art when Boogie Dave took over, turning it into a modern landmark and a definite marker for where the borders of Digbeth begin.

To coincide with City of Colours, Boogie Dave is holding an all-day Birthday Bash on Saturday, accompanied by a paint jam; permission has been obtained to decorate the wall of the New Canal Street car park (opposite Latifs and Suki10c). Rest assured that this won’t be any ordinary paint job!

The artists enlisted will be announced on the Facebook event page at some point today, but, suffice to say, the end result will be something quite stunning. The party will be free all day and will last all night, and is likely to involve a free BBQ if the weather holds out.

In the words of Mr Boogie himself:

There’s so much going on this Saturday in Digbeth you’d be silly not to give it a visit!

Marcia Farquhar: Larger Than Life

Launch: Friday 5 September, 18:00-20:00, with a performance lecture at 19:00
Exhibition continues: Until 7 November 2014
Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

This Digbeth First Friday, Grand Union will open Larger Than Life, a solo exhibition by Marcia Farquhar.

The ‘unfinished’ exhibition – comprising performance, video, audio and sculpture – will evolve throughout its duration. The installations orchestrate a number of situations in which visitors encounter psychological and physical manipulations to their own shape and size.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events including a performance lecture during the opening night, a weekend when the artist will be in residence (10–11 October, 12–5pm), and a Day of the Dead doll making workshop (Saturday 1 November, 12–3pm).

The closing performance on Friday 7 November will see Marcia lead a procession to Edible Eastside for a pagan-inspired, fakeloric (sic) burning of an effigy.

For more information, click here to visit the Grand Union website.

Brum Punx Picnic 2014

When: Friday 5 September, 20:00 (doors open at 19:00)
Where: Wagon and Horses, 28 Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4ED
Tickets: £5 on the door

As if there wasn’t already enough stuff happening in Digbeth this weekend, Brum Punx are holding their annual Picnic festival this Friday from 19:00, continuing on Saturday and Sunday.

Taking place at the Wagon and Horses, each day will see a different offering of local punk bands, along with DJs and even an actual picnic at Cannon Hill Park’s bandstand on Saturday afternoon!

Bands will return to the stage at the Wagon and Horses at 17:00 on Saturday afternoon, with doors opening and a DJ-supplied soundtrack from 15:00 (entry costs £7 before 20:00, £8 after). And if that’s not enough for you, there’s more punk goodness on Sunday.

See the flyer below for the full line up, or visit the following links for more information:

Nowhere Bar

When: Friday 5 September, 18:00-late ; Saturday 6 September, 15:00-late
Where: A3 Project Space and Studios, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA

This Digbeth First Friday sees the best bar you’ve never been to appear in Digbeth.

For two nights only, S Mark Gubb and Gordon Dalton will open a new social space in Digbeth: Nowhere Bar – a place somewhere in time, where anything and nothing but a good time happens.

Leave your pretensions at home and wear your heart on your sleeve. Sprain your mind. Have a good time all of the time.

For more information, see the A3 Project Space website, or watch the video below.

Nowhere Bar Trailer from Mark Gubb on Vimeo.

Yard Talk, Then & Now!

When: Saturday 13 September, 14:00-16:00
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
Free to attend, all welcome

Yard Talk, Then & Now! is a new season of convivial open discussions taking place at The Edge.

Every month, everyone is welcome to The Edge for a free lunch and refreshments (although bringing your own food is much appreciated!), open conversation, and to hear from special guests like musicians, speakers or artists. Each Yard Talk will focus on a particular theme, and some practical workshops will be included alongside the discussions, such as book-binding, engineering or DIY.

Following this month’s outing, a Yard Talk will take place on the second Saturday of every month, from 2pm until 4pm:

  • Saturday 11th October 2014
  • Saturday 8th November 2014
  • Saturday 13th December 2014
  • Saturday 10th January 2015

For more information, visit the Friction Arts website, call 0121 772 6160, or email

Digbeth O’Lympics 2014

When: Sunday 14 September, opening ceremony at 12:00
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

After a Glastonbury-esque break last year, the Digbeth O’Lympics are back with a vengeance for 2014!

Put on your fancy dress (if you like), invite all your friends and come along to what is one of the most fun free events in Birmingham for the whole family. This year will be super-sized with a BBQ, fireworks, face painting, and a raffle, all alongside the traditional events:

  • The Legendary Cardboard Coracle Race
  • Custard-Filled Welly Race
  • International Tug of War
  • Soap Box Races
  • Snail Races
  • Downhill Office Chair Race

This is a volunteer-driven event will all proceeds from the day going to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

If you’ve had the pleasure of being before, you’ll know that full on belly laughs at the competitors’ expense are all just part of the standard D’O'Lympics package.
(Believe me, I’ve been on the receiving end of that laughter going head first into the Custard Factory pool, but I digress…)

For more information, visit the Facebook event page, or call 0121 772 3822.

Films by Themerson

When: Friday 5 September 2014, 18:00-23:00
Where: Centrala, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Free Entry

Stefan and Franciszka Themerson were arguably the most important avant-garde film makers in pre-war Poland. To celebrate their contribution to the arts, Polish Expats Association (PEA) invites you to a special screening of three of their surviving films, right here in Digbeth:


  • The Adventure of a Good Citizen (1937)
  • Calling Mr Smith (1943)
  • The Eye and the Ear (1944-5)


As part of September’s Digbeth First Friday, the screening will take place at PEA’s Centrala space in Minerva Works, and will be accompanied by chillout music and good food.

For more information, visit the Centrala website.

Hello World

Opening: Friday 5 September, 18:00-21:00
Where: PROVIDE, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AT

Contemporary artist Imbue, declared ‘the Banksy of Brighton’ by The Independent, has recently relocated to Birmingham, and naturally will be holding his first exhibition in his new home town at PROVIDE in Digbeth.

Infamous for hijacking advertising billboards, he once upset a certain drinks company with his creative re-imagination of their advertising. This exhibition at PROVIDE, opening on September’s Digbeth First Friday next week, promises to be a little tamer, but no less entertaining.

A collection of nine new hand-printed screen prints will be available, alongside an exclusive t-shirt to accompany the exhibition. The exhibition is free, but if you’d like to take a piece home with you, the prints will be priced at only £10 each (first come, first served) – a snip if you ask us!

For more information about the exhibition, visit the PROVIDE website or click here to see the Facebook event page.

The Spotted Dog Festival of Music

When: Sunday 31 August, 14:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Tickets: suggested donation of £5 – ALL of which will go to Acorns

This Sunday, The Spotted Dog presents a Festival of Music (FOM) which will see an eclectic mix of artistes performing for no fee, all in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The roster of confirmed acts includes some well-known and well-loved local bands such as:

  • Reel Note (Irish)
  • Forro Social (Brazilian)
  • The New Orleans Wanderers (traditional jazz)
  • Kevin Maher (Irish traditional)
  • Pete Kelly (folk singer-song writer)
  • Routes (jazz with a twist)
  • Tony and Laurence (Afro jazz vocalists)
  • Ellie Edmonds “Barbarashop” Trio
  • Ruby and Edd (folk)
  • Trio Rosbifs featuring Mathias Svensson and Celine Dommart (gypsy jazz)
  • Alicia Gardener-Trejo’s Jazz Quartet
  • Scottish Blokes featuring Richard Foote and Jonathan Silk (something involving trombones)
  • Alternative Strings (film classics played on the harp)

Although the event is free, to show your appreciation to the acts who are giving up their time, a donation of £5 per person, all of which will go to Acorns, would be expected.

For more information, click the poster to visit the Facebook event page or call 0121 772 3822