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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.

DJ Destruction 2014 Final

When: Friday 19 December, 21:00–04:00
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ

This Friday sees the final of the third annual DJ Destruction competition at Suki10c! The reigning champion Feva will be defending his title, but will he triumph one last time or will one of the challengers walk away with the title and the £500 cash prize?!

DJ Jimi Needles and DJ Shorty will be joining this epic battle as guest judges, and will be demonstrating their own awesome deck skills and tune selections to help set the Suki10c Christmas Party off with a bang.

Doors open at 9pm sharp and it’s free entry all night long so come down, show the finalists the support they all deserve and have a stonking good party at the same time.

And don’t forget the Tequila Time! When the red light starts flashing it’s only £1 a shot of Tequila!

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Keep SIFA Fireside Cooking!

Earlier this month, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham came to SIFA Fireside, one of his nominated charities, to launch their Keep Us Cooking This Winter campaign.

Cath Gilliver, Chief Executive of SIFA Fireside, and Councillor Shafique Shah thanked everyone for their attendance and continued support, and explained the importance of a warm welcome:

By having a warm safe space to have a hot shower and a hot meal, we can work with homeless people at their pace. We build trust and support them to move forward with their lives. We offer accommodation advice, alcohol recovery support, training opportunities, volunteering, plus many more activities and opportunities.

However, the charity needs your support to cover the basics this winter; to heat the drop-in centre, provide hot water, and cook c.2259 lunches per month they need to raise £6,078.

SIFA Fireside are asking supporters to hold fundraising events, donate what they would have otherwise spent on Christmas cards, or simply text WARM23 £5 to 70070.

With your help hopefully they can reach this target! For more information about the campaign, see the flyer below.

Thank you!

Funding Success for Eastside City Park

Eastside City Park is Birmingham’s newest public open space and is heavily used by a wide range of people including students, families visiting ThinkTank and the Science Garden, and patrons of The Woodman pub, amongst others.

Following a summer of activity as part of Birmingham City Council’s Active Parks programme, including weekly rounders and tai chi, the Friends of Eastside City Park are planning a calendar of events for 2015.

The group has been successful in gaining a grant of £9,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will be spent on new signage, a website, self-guided walking tours, games equipment (including a large chess set), and a series of consultation events to obtain feedback from park users.

This is fantastic news and we would like to congratulate the Friends of Eastside City Park in their grant success! As part of our neighbourhood, we will of course continue to offer our support to the park and events taking place there in 2015 and beyond.