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Alfie Bird’s opening weekend

When: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th May 2014
Where: Alfie Bird’s and The Oobleck, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

It’s almost here: Alfie Bird’s will be opening this coming weekend!

Bringing gourmet eats and beats to the heart of Digbeth, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing the finished venue after having a sneak peak earlier in the month.

Featuring a gourmet pizzeria (with a stone pizza oven so big that walls had to be moved just to get it into the kitchen!), world and craft beers and ciders, a cocktail lounge specialising in tequila-based drinks, and sister live music venue The Oobleck, Alfie’s really has it all.

This upcoming Bank Holiday opening weekend promises to set Alfie’s off with a bang: featuring performances from Swim Deep, Scratch Perverts, Miss Barbara Nice, and a Moselele ukelele sing-a-long, and that’s all just for starters. On Saturdays, The Oobleck will host one big dance party, with music from the 1950s to today.

For more information, visit the website, like Alfie Bird’s on Facebook, see the flyer below, or click here to buy advance tickets.

The 72 Project

When: Friday 30th May, 19:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

Grand Independent are based at Birmingham Film Studios on Upper Trinity Street, are are planning to shoot, edit and screen a 90 minute feature film in 72 hours in July.

This concept has already been demonstrated as a method of sustainable film production at internationally-recognised film festivals in Galway (Ireland) and Melbourne (Australia).

The Confusion of Tongues is a farcical comedy set over one day in Birmingham, intertwining the stories of various characters linked by their desire to win the jackpot at a local pub quiz. The cast will comprise emerging and established actors, who will be revealed at the official launch event at The Spotted Dog at 7pm on Friday 30th May.

In keeping with the story, the launch will include a pub quiz with prizes, as well as information about the film and ways to get involved.

Filming will start on Thursday 17th July at 9am and finish editing 72 hours later at 9am on Sunday the 20th July. It will then be screened at The Giant Screen at Millennium Point at 6pm on Sunday 20th July.

For more information and tickets, please visit the 72 Project website, or see the Facebook event page.

Volunteering Opportunities with MSFAC

Based at Unit 1 at The Edge, MSFAC (the Margaret Street Free Arts Council) have established themselves as valued contributors to the creative communities in Digbeth over the past two years.

Just last week, MSFAC ran a one-off printmaking workshop with Polish Expats Association (also based in Digbeth) for 15-19 year olds. We’ve included some images below of this great example of collaborative working below, but you can read more at the PEA Media Collective blog.

If you are interested in gaining experience in running a not-for-profit arts organisation, MSFAC are now looking for enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to get involved in projects! They are offering opportunities to gain experience and skills in areas such as:

  • Events management
  • Administration
  • Exhibition installation
  • Analogue printing and production
  • Teaching, and much more!

You will of course be treated as a valued member of the team, and MSFAC can reimburse reasonable expenses.

If you would like to learn more, please email explaining how and why you would like to get involved.

Women and Social Network Meeting

When: Thursday 22nd May 2014, 11:00-13:00
Where: iSE, Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ

iSE’s essential women’s network is for women who work in social enterprise, lead or aspire to become leaders of social enterprises.

The next meeting will focus on stress management, and is supported by the Health Exchange.

Please see the poster below for more information; if you would like to register to attend, please contact Marija on 0121 771 1411 or

You Are Here

In July 2012, Trevor Pitt and Oliver Jones set up A3 Project Space as an artist-led venue and project space in Digbeth.

This March to October, A3 are working to deliver a series of projects entitled You Are Here, designed to encourage the communities of Digbeth and Bordesley to engage in their surroundings in a different way.

One of these projects was Richard White’s Viaduct, but if you missed out, there are still a number of ways for you to get involved:

Workshops: dates in May and June TBC
Sellotape Cinema

Steven Chamberlain and Steven Snell will run a series of workshops introducing people to animation techniques as part of their Sellotape Cinema project.

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June
Going Down to Barry’s

Clare Thornton will work with Barry’s fabric shop in Digbeth to make an interactive installation using fabric from the store.

Workshop: Saturday 14th June
Performance: Friday 4th July at 20:00
Record Player Orchestra

Roger Clarke will run workshops with music enthusiasts, challenging them to use record players as musical instruments. On 4th July, the newly formed Record Player of Birmingham will give their first public performance at A3.

There are other projects to be led by artists Rob Hewitt, Mark Gubb, Gordon Dalton, Cathy Wade, Mahtab Hussain, Jo Roberts, and Marlene Smith. Please visit the A3 website for more information.

Ladies Night at On Your Bike

When: Tuesday 20th May, 18:30 onwards
Where: On Your Bike, 33-40 Bradford St, Digbeth, B5 6HX

On Your Bike are holding a Ladies Night next Tuesday at their shop on Bradford Street.

They will be joined by guest speaker Chris Garrison (Trek UK), who will present her best advice on a number of cycling topics including:

  • Women’s products and bike geometry – what it means and why it’s important
  • Saddle comfort – the three secret ingredients to being comfortable on your bike
  • Top tips to fix a puncture without getting your hands greasy!

As well as learning from Chris’ wealth of expertise and browsing the OYB range of ladies bikes, clothing and accessories available, this is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded female cyclists from our area.

Refreshments will be provided. Please reserve a place by email to, by phone on 0121 6666 933, or via the Facebook event page.

The Panj Piare Assemble

When: Friday 16th May 2014, 18:00-20:00
Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

The Panj Piare takes the idea of ‘the five beloved ones’ as a concept for a series of exhibitions. Each exhibition curated by a different member of the group of five artists, featuring only the work of the other four; The Panj Piare Assemble is the third in the series.

For one night only, artist Harry Meadley will present an exhibition of work by his friends at Grand Union, featuring the very first work Harry encountered by each of the participating artists, and a new work by all five artists in the form of a costume that they will wear at the exhibition.

Further details are rather sketchy… I guess you’ll just have to pop along to Grand Union on the night!

Parking Around

When: Saturday 14th June, 12:00 and 15:00
Where: Eastside City Park, Digbeth

Parking Around is a brand new piece of outdoor circus theatre from Digbeth-based RoguePlay. Featuring 17 performers hanging high in the skies above, lifting, throwing and balancing each other, and dancing away to an eclectic soundtrack of music and poetry.

The performances are completely free and will be followed by free participatory workshops for adults and children alike. So come along and get parking around!

If you’d like to get more hands on with the show, RoguePlay are recruiting volunteers to help with stewarding, collecting feedback, stage management, and looking after performers. There are also three apprenticeship positions available, shadowing either the Project Manager, Artistic Director or the Sound Engineer.

These opportunities are available to people aged 19 or over; if you are interested, please email for more information.

For more details about Parking Around, keep an eye on the RoguePlay blog or visit the Facebook event page.

Artbus – May 2014

When: Thursday 15th May, 17:00-21:00
Where: Starting from Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

The Art Bus returns to Digbeth next week, to transport all you culture vultures around five of Birmingham’s most excellent galleries for free.

Starting at Eastside Projects in Digbeth, buses will take a circular route on a hop-on-hop-off basis making stops at mac birmingham, the Barber Institute, Ikon, and the RBSA Gallery.

For more information about the refreshments and guided tours available at each of the venues, please click on the individual links above. For more information and a bus timetable, please see the poster below:

Roxie’s Confession

When: Friday 9th May, 19:30-22:30
Where: The Crossing, South and City College Birmingham, Digbeth High Street, B5 5SU
Tickets: £5 (available online)

The musical Roxie’s Confession comes to The Crossing on Digbeth High Street this Friday.

Billed as the ‘musical of musicals’, the show is sure to get you on your feet while raising money for two deserving causes: Wythall Animal Sanctuary and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

For more information, see the poster below or click here to buy tickets.