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Yard Talk – Age

When: Saturday 10th January 2015, 14:00-16:00
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
Theme: Age

Yard Talk started as part of Friction Arts’ heritage project Echoes, as a way to learn more about the recent history of Birmingham from the people who lived it. Now Yard Talk has a life of its own and everyone is welcome to join in!

Held on the second Saturday of each month, there is food, conversations, and special guest musicians, speakers or artists. Best of all: it’s free! Lunch and refreshments are provided (guests bringing food with them get brownie points though!).

For more information call 0121 772 6160 or email

Future dates and themes:

  • Saturday 14th February 2015 – Music
  • Saturday 14th March 2015 – Make Do and Mend

Impact Hub Warming Party

When: Thurday 8th January, 19:00 onwards
Where: Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, B5 5NY

The team behind Impact Hub Birmingham are throwing open their doors for a Hubwarming party next Thursday, and all Kickstarter backers are invited.

We reported last week that the team are raising funds to kit out the hub to enable it to become a collaborative working space to nurture socially good projects.

We’re told there will be some pretty epic food courtesy of Digbeth Dining Club, so if you haven’t yet donated (anything starting from £1) and want in, make sure to check out the Kickstarter page here.

Alms House

When: Friday 9th January, 22:00-04:00
Where: The Loft, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: £5 on the door (all proceeds go to Mind)

Alms House is a new club night coming to Digbeth in 2015. For their first outing, Alms House present Deelux Audio and Louis Herinckx, amongst some resident DJs.

It will be a night of old school garage and house, and some other stuff in between, all in the name of charity.

All proceeds will go to Mind; for more information, see the Facebook event page.

Urban Showcase

Click for larger imageWhen: Thursday 8th January, 19:30 til late
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ
Tickets: £3.50 on the door

Urban Showcase is a brand new night coming to Suki10c in Digbeth.

Launching on Thursday 8th January, the night will feature live hip hop performances and beat box battles, along with DJs. The aim is to showcase the very best of urban talent from around the UK, right here at Suki10c, Digbeth’s premier urban venue.

For more information, see the flyer above, visit their Facebook page, or watch the video below.

alphaTALK Start Up Scheme

Based at Digbeth Court, alphaTALK, a leading UK VOIP provider, have recently launched a Start Up Scheme open to applicants aged 21 and over.

The alphaTALK Innovation Scheme welcomes applications from ambitious, creative entrepreneurs with an appetite for success in the IT & Telecoms industry. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28th January 2015.

The winning business will announced in March 2015, and given a prize package including:

  • Commercial advice and mentoring
  • Premises in Birmingham, UK
  • A state of the art Voip phone system
  • A start-up cash sum advance of £2,500

Visit the alphaTALK website for more information about the Start Up Scheme or the prize package.

Good luck!

Whisky Birmingham 2015

When: Saturday 7th March 2015, 12:00-17:00
Where: The Bond, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: Available online)


Whisky Birmingham – the city’s only large-scale whisky festival – returns to The Bond in Digbeth next March. The festival continues to grow apace, and for this third outing, the visitor numbers are expected to be treble those seen in 2013.

Organised by The Birmingham Whisky Club, Whisky Birmingham will continue the tradition of collaborating with the best of the city’s vibrant food and drink scene. Masterclasses are still to be announced, but have previously taught attendees how to pair whisky with cheese, chocolate, and even cigars.

The organisers are expecting more than 25 whisky brands, including Laphroaig, Buffalo Trace, Macallan and Chivas Regal. There will also be the chance to try Paul John whisky, which is distilled in India.

Tickets are on sale now; for more information visit the websiteFacebook, or Twitter.

Impact Hub Birmingham

Impact Hub Birmingham have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for them to open a collaborative workspace in Digbeth.

The Impact Hub Birmingham team are passionate about social change, but saw the need for a space where change-makers in the city could meet and work together collaboratively to make our city epic. Quite simply, there’s no better place to do this than Digbeth!

The venue will be a space to work, share knowledge, run events, and host programmes for those committed to positive social impact and building a better Birmingham. Naturally, the hub will be welcoming and accessible to the wider community.

Watch the video below for more about Impact Hub Birmingham. The money raised from the Kickstarter will be for one thing only: to furnish the hub with world class facilities for the vision to happen.

For more information, see the Impact Hub Birmingham Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter. Click here to donate in return for some fantastic perks.

Candlelight Acoustic

When: Sundays from 16:30
Where: The Old Crown, 188 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD

With the cold and dark setting in, there’s no better place to spend a Sunday evening than a warm and cosy atmospheric pub.

The Old Crown certainly fits the bill, and with four talented acts there to entertain you with acoustic music, there’s probably no better pub to visit!

Along with the live music, there are free nibbles on offer and two-for-one on all mulled wine and cider, so you really have no reason not to venture out for a quiet night in Birmingham’s oldest pub.


Save St Pats

When: Sunday 15th March 2015, 12:00-14:00
Where: Digbeth High Street

Planning for the next St Patrick’s day parade is underway in earnest, despite recent announcements from Birmingham City Council to cut funding for public events across the city. The Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival Committee have launched a crowd funding project to make up the deficit and save the parade.

The effect of the celebration is felt throughout the city with iconic buildings such as Selfridges and the Library of Birmingham lighting up green in a show of support. After a record-breaking 90,000 attendees at the 2014 parade, it is now classed as the second largest Irish parade in the world!

It is important to remember is the parade is organised by volunteers from the Birmingham Irish community, who are not paid for their tireless hard work in the months before and after each event. The parade means so much to so many which is why the organisers are calling on supporters to help in any way they can to keep the parade alive.

The Show Must Go On is aiming to raise £20,000, although the parade itself costs more than £70,000 to stage, including the cost of essential requirements such as road closures, safety barriers, street cleaning, toilets, bins, first aid provision and security.

Anyone wishing to support the St Patrick’s Day Parade can do so by:

See the St Patrick’s Birmingham website to learn more, and remember to share the funding campaign with everyone you know so that together we can save the parade!

DIE DAS DER Christmas Special

When: Saturday 20th December, 20:00 onwards
Where: Muthers Studio, 14 Rea Street South, Digbeth, B5 6LB
Tickets: £4 on the door

DIE DAS DER invite you to celebrate the end of their first year of live events at Muthers Studio. Featuring four disjointed, raucous, blood-curdling bands from Birmingham and further afield:

For more information, see the flyer below or the Facebook event page.