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Winter Market at The Bond

When: Saturday 6th December, 12:00–18:00
Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £1.50 on the door; kids go free

Seasonal Markets return to The Bond Co on 6th December, with a winter wonderland Christmas market celebrating the best of Birmingham right here in Digbeth.

The event is a one day urban festival with the best of Birmingham’s food, drink and artists. Featuring a covered courtyard of street food, real ale and cocktail bar (in a Routemaster Bus) with live DJ’s, canal side barge traders moored up in the venue, and indoor market hall of artisan food producers, local artists and designers.

If that wasn’t enough, there will also be a pop-up Christmas cinema in aid of St Basil’s Charity, a snow machine, miles of fairy lights and a rather large Christmas tree…

For more information and to see the confirmed exhibitors, click here to visit the Seasonal Markets website.

Danish Film Night

When: Sunday 30 November, from 15:30
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

Danish Film Night returns to The Spotted Dog on Sunday with yet another double billing and a vast amount of cakes.

Bring your friends and hangovers down for some superb hair of the dog time at the Dog. The first film will be screened at about 16:00 and the second one some two hours later. Get here early for good seats and more cake options!

The two films on offer come courtesy of director by Thomas Vinterberg:

FESTEN (The Celebration)
Friends and family have arrived from near and far to celebrate Helge’s 60th birthday. The room is full and spirits are high. That is until Christian, Helge’s oldest son, holds up two speeches – one on yellow paper, one on green – and asks his father to choose.

Festen is the first film to come out of the dogma movement started in Denmark in 1995 by directors Thomas Vinterberg and Lars Von Trier. It adheres to the ten rules set in the Dogma95 manifesto and was one of twelve films chosen in 2006 as essential to the Danish cultural heritage.

JAGTEN (The Hunt)
Following his divorce, all Lucas really has is his friends and his job. That is until a co-worker shows interest in him and his son makes the custody battle that bit simpler by saying he wants to live there as opposed to at his mum’s, but Lucas’ luck is about to be changed by the littlest of lies.

Jagten was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014 for Best Foreign Language Film and won Mads Mikkelsen the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

For more information, click here to visit the Facebook event page.

Yard Talk – Christmas

When: Saturday 13th December 2014, 14:00-16:00
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
Theme: Christmas

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 10th January 2015 – Age
  • Saturday 14th February 2015 – Music
  • Saturday 14th March 2015 – Make Do and Mend

Tesla Motors come to Digbeth

The electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has opened its first dealership outside the South East right here in Digbeth.

Its High Street location will showcase the company’s range of eco-friendly cars and offer servicing, to complement its recently-installed supercharger facility at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham.

The supercharging station is part of a network around the country that enables Tesla users to boost the range of their vehicles on long journeys.

This is great news for Digbeth, with an internationally-recognised car company showing confidence in our area and selecting the High Street for its flagship Midlands store.

We look forward to seeing further developments along the High Street in future, but in the meantime, we’d like to warmly welcome our new neighbours to Digbeth!

Inside the Tesla dealership. Image: Elliot Brown.

Birmingham Trad Fest – Video

When: Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November
Where: Venues across Digbeth and Birmingham

It’s not long now until Trad Fest, the UK’s newest traditional Irish music festival, descends on Digbeth.

With a weekend full of concerts, instrument workshops and traditional music sessions at the Irish Centre and The Oobleck, it’s definitely going to add something special to the soundscape of Birmingham.

The organisers have recently released a promotional video for the festival. Watch the video below, or visit the Trad Fest website for more information and to buy tickets.

New Love in Digbeth

If you were at the Spotted Dog a few weeks ago on Thursday 23 October, not only would you have had the chance to meet the Digbeth Kid, you would have also seen the shooting of The Twang’s new music video!

The video for Birmingham band’s new single, New Love, was filmed by Nice Monster, who have a studio in the Custard Factory. With the majority of the action taking place in our fair locale, the video is thoroughly a Digbeth affair.

See the video and listen to the single in full below:

Birmingham Camera Obscura

Image: Lisa Zdravkovic.

Those of you who were out and about in Digbeth over the summer may have seen a couple of crazy kids wheeling about a box and inviting people to look inside it. I myself had a go on Heath Mill Lane – see the pictures for proof!

Well, those crazy kids are Jenny Duffin and Pete Ashton, and the rickety box was the first step in their ambitious plan to build a permanent and public Camera Obscura in Birmingham. Both Jenny and Pete are passionate about photography and have experience in running events and workshops, so we think they’re worth a punt.

But what is a Camera Obscura?

The term Camera Obscura literally means ‘Darkened Room’ and would have traditionally been a chamber with a small hole or lens on one wall and a projection screen on the other. You can make your own Camera Obscura by covering all the windows in a room and making a small hole; an image of the view from the window should appear on the opposite wall, upside-down and back-to-front.

Jenny and Pete have recently started a Kickstarter campaign for their project, and smashed the initial target of £1,000 in a matter of hours. However, the more they raise, the better the finished article will be. Bristol, Edinburgh, Aberystwyth and London all have a Camera Obscura, so it’s about time Birmingham had one too!

We think the project is worthy of your support; to learn more and to donate, click here to visit the Kickstarter website.

Image: Lisa Zdravkovic.

The Urban Village Under A Tenner Vintage & Designer Fair

When: Saturday 22 November, 12:00–16:00
Where: Market Hall, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Entry: £1

Urban Village may have left their permanent home in Digbeth, but their hearts still belong to us. This weekend sees the team return to the Custard Factory for the “Under A TennerVintage & Designer Fair”.

The name says it all really!

Four hours of vintage madness, with both male and female clothing and accessories from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s on offer. For more information, visit the Urban Village website or Facebook event page.

Hidden Talents Exhibition

When: Friday 21st November, 18:30
Exhibition continues: until Sunday 23rd November 2014
Where: The Arches Project, Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4EE

The Arches Project was founded to actively support and encourage the natural creative talent of individuals with a passion for the arts.

This Friday sees the launch of a new fine art exhibition showcasing a variety of work – in both size and medium – entitled Hidden Talents.

The exhibition is completely free to attend, so do go along and show your support to the new and often unknown artists. Who knows? You may discover the next Tracey Emin under some railway arches in Digbeth!

For more information, see the flier below, or visit the Arches Project website.

Creative English

When: Wednesday 26 November, 17:30-19:00
Where: Polish Expats Association, Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

Polish Expats Association is delighted to invite all women to join their new English language course!

The course consists of weekly workshops with a native English speaker who will teach jewellery-making, while a teaching assistant provides support in improving your English.

PEA provide learning materials, and the course is absolutely free!

For more information, please see the flier below or the PEA website; email to reserve your place.