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Homeless Clean Up Digbeth

Digbeth-based charity SIFA Fireside offers its clients opportunities to volunteer, and this latest venture sees them give straight back to the community.

Armed with litter picking equipment (funded from Proceeds of Crime), a team of SIFA’s clients headed out to Digbeth to collect any rubbish they could find. They certainly didn’t struggle, collecting ten bags of litter in one session!

A team will be going out on a regular basis to clean up our streets, which not only will improve the local environment here in Digbeth, but will also promote a positive relationship between the area and the homeless people who pass through it.

It is hoped that by volunteering, clients of SIFA Fireside can demonstrate their work ethic, as well as boost their confidence and commitment to returning to paid employment.

If you’d like to support SIFA Fireside, you can donate either £5 or £10 by texting ‘SIFA05 £5’ or ‘SIFA05 £10’ to 70070. £5 can help buy a hot meal for four people, tea for 100 people every day for a week or five woolly hats for rough sleepers. Likewise, £10 could buy 26 tins of soup, ingredients for the weekly cookery lesson, or 20 bottles of shampoo.

For more information, visit the SIFA Fireside website.

International Mother Language Day

When: Saturday 21 February, 11:00-15:00
Where: Room 101, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, B1 2ND
Tickets: from £3.50

With Digbeth being a melting pot of languages, cultures and cuisines, this event at The Library of Birmingham could be of interest to our readers.

International Mother Language Day will be celebrated next Saturday with a variety of creative group activities designed to develop cross-community awareness and understanding.

For more information, visit the website or see the flier below:

Eastside Projects – February 2015 Events

Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

See the February events poster for Eastside Projects below; for more information, visit the gallery website.

Table for one?

When: Saturday 14 February, 19:30
Where: Muthers Studio, 14 Rea Street South, Digbeth, B5 6LB
Tickets: £5 on the door

Valentine’s day is approaching, so I’m sure you’re all wondering what to do. Be you single or loved up, it is the day that I’m sure causes more stress than any other in the Hallmark calendar.

Never fear – DIE DAS DER will save you! Share your love of four great bands at Muthers Studio this Saturday:

  • Ghosts of Dead Airplanes - fresh from their tour with indie-pop legends Bis, GODA play their first home gig of 2015.
  • Cassels - you’ve heard about them, now you’ve got a chance to come and hear them.
  • Enquiry - kicking with 2015 with a brand new EP to be launched very soon.
  • Repeat Of Last Week - making their debut on the stages of, well, anywhere – fired like an arrow of angular sound straight from the bow of Eros.

The night will also feature the launch of the DIE DAS DER First Anniversary Compilation Annus Mirabilis. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Centrala – February 2015 Events

Yard Talk – Music

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

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!).

This month’s Yard Talk will focus on the theme of music, so expect some vibrant conversations right here in the heart of Digbeth.

For more information call 0121 772 6160 or email

City of Colours 2015 – Artist Applications Open

When: Saturday 12th September 2015

We’re delighted to announce that City of Colours will return to Digbeth on the weekend of the 12th September 2015! Make sure to put the date in your diary now.

The festival organisers have opened the doors for artist applications. If you’d like to have a chance of showcasing your street art skills, click here to complete an artist booking form and send it to before 14th March 2015.

Further details including venues, and this year’s music and workshop offerings will all be announced soon. To keep up to date with news from City of Colours, click here to visit the website or like the festival on Facebook.

Swingerella – Wrecking Ball Tour

When: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February, 19:30 onwards
Where: The Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: available online for Friday and Saturday

Swingerella invites you to an evening of cake and spoken word, mixed with stand up comedy and burlesque, right here in Digbeth:

How fabulous am I? Let me count the ways… I’m so fabulous I wander round in a daze of cake and glitter and false eyelashes… I naturally avoid men with moustaches bigger than my own. So fabulous I sleep alone in a house as quiet as my mobile phone. I’m a fiery fabulous female in a cruel world of men. When I get divorced I simply marry again. Every morning I write a list of my fabulousness before I get pissed. Ladies you should try it. It’s far better than any diet.

Join Swingerella and her burlesque freaks for a cake eating, fire breathing, breast flashing, pig smashing, wine soaked evening you are guarantee to never forget.

See the poster below for more information, or click here to buy tickets online for Friday 13th or Saturday 14th February.

Digbeth First Friday – February 2015

When: Friday 6th February, 18:00 til late
Where: Various venues across Digbeth

Digbeth First Friday is back for 2015 with another jamboree of exhibitions, film, music, performance and street food.

Join us for a wander through painting exhibitions, enjoying a glass of wine while seeing sculpture in action, before walking around the award-winning Digbeth Dining Club to enjoy the start of the new street food season.

On offer this month:

  • Vivid Projects: Repeator film installation, 18:00-20:00
    Keith Dodds, Laurence Price and Cathy Wade present a provocation on political media with a live temporary installation of video, image and documents. Expect anything from sharks to Tupac to gimlet-eyed property developers.
  • Centrala: Project Backpack exhibition opening, 19:00-22:00
    Artist Adrian Platkovsky presents his project Backpack, a collection of thirty small canvases which are being displayed in 30 different places across the world.
  • Stryx: Unreal Stories exhibition opening, 19:00-21:00
    Stryx present the first solo exhibition of powerful new paintings and installation work by artist Anna Katarzyna Domejko.
  • Home For Waifs And Strays: ERRORISM exhibition opening, 18:00-22:00
    HFWAS present a new exhibition by Birmingham based artist Daniel Salisbury, who will also be launching his new album.
  • Grand Union: Work in Progress exhibition opening, 18:00-20:00
    Andrew Gillespie, Calum Greaney and Laurence Price will work with a larger collective of artists to make new sculptural works in response to questions such as What is material? Join us for a drink and explore their installation.
  • Bread and Games: Boardgames at the Edge, 18:00-22:00
    Whether you’re a domino diva, a scrabble screwball or perhaps into one of those more modern games (Carcassone, Agricola, Cards Against Humanity anyone?) you’ll find good company at The Edge.
  • The Spotted Dog: The Tell-Tale Heart, 19:30 onwards
    Keeping with the tradition of offering non-run-of-the-mill events and entertainment, The Spotted Dog invites you to an evening dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe.

Project Backpack

When: Friday 6th February 2015, 19:00-22:00
Where: Centrala Gallery, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

As part of February’s Digbeth First Friday, artist Adrian Platkovsky will bring Backpack, a collection of thirty 15×15 centimeter-sized canvases, to Digbeth.

Backpack was created with the intention of being displayed in a variety of spaces around the world. Each canvas depicts a different geometric form, which when placed together, constitute one abstract composition. One of its elements, just like a footprint, will stay at the place of each exhibition, replaced with a new, different piece consistent with the rest of the collection.

This non-commercial exhibition/travel is intended to promote Platkovsky’s idea of understanding art as a medium that crosses any barriers and borders. For more information visit the PEA website, or if you have any questions, please contact

If you are interested in joining the arts team at PEA, assisting with the programming, marketing and running of the Centrala Gallery and Café, click here to learn more about becoming a Creative Apprentice.