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Win a Wedding!

Fazeley Events is offering one lucky Birmingham couple a dream wedding worth £15,000 at Fazeley Studios!

A shortlist of couples will be chosen once online entries close on 11th May 2015, with each couple being asked to create a mood board to illustrate their perfect day. A judging panel will then choose the winners who will be married at Fazeley Studios on Saturday 14th November 2015.

The prize packages includes venue hire and catering at Fazeley Studios for 75 guests, plus all the essential aspects of a stunning wedding, including flowers, cake, transport, décor, photography, film, rings, and the all-important dress and preening!

If you want a chance of winning, click here to enter the competition online.

Good luck!

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iSE – May 2015‏ Events

Work Experience at RoguePlay Theatre

RoguePlay are a highly physical theatre company, producing work using aerial circus, acrobatics, poetry and dance. Alongside their national and international performances, RoguePlay also has an extensive education programme for young people, designed to challenge, encourage and empower participants.

Know How 2015 is RoguePlay’s work experience programme aimed at young people aged 14-25 with physical disabilities, sensory impairments and long term illness. Know How offers young people the opportunity to work with industry professionals to develop their creative and leadership skills, gain practical knowledge of varied art forms including circus and theatre, and an insight into the day-to-day running of a theatre company.

Those on placement will also attend live theatre performance and join tour of Digbeth’s street art. The placements are between May and July 2015 and spaces are still available!

For more information, visit the RoguePlay website. This project has been generously funded by Birmingham City Council and supported by The Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Clear the Decks!

When: Monday 4th May, 14:00 onwards
Where: The Woodman, New Canal Street, Digbeth, B5 5LG

Birmingham’s Still Walking Festival has organised an event taking place at the Woodman pub this afternoon.

Clear the Decks will be a forum looking at the use of the public space, particularly the presence of skateboarders and their responses to the street furniture in Eastside City Park. With commentary from Mark Preston of Digbeth’s very own Ideal Skates, this could well turn into a lively debate!

For more information, visit the Jane’s Walk website.

Sunflower Sunday!

When: Sunday 3rd May, 14:00 onwards
Where: meet at Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, B5 5PG

Birmingham Friends of the Earth (BFOE) have organised a guerilla gardening session today as part of International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day.

The team will take a walk around Digbeth, starting at our very own Community Garden in Shaw’s Passage, while planting flowers and maybe some trees around the city.

Join the team by throwing seedbombs at some of Birmingham’s more neglected spaces, in an attempt to make our city a more beautiful and diverse place.

See the Facebook event page for more information.

Great Birmingham 10k Run

When: Sunday 3rd May, 10:00 onwards
Where: roads across Digbeth and Birmingham

The Great Birmingham 10k Run will take place tomorrow, resulting in a number of road closures in Digbeth.

More than 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the run, starting from Jennens Road, meaning that the following roads will be closed from 05:30 until as late as 18:00:

  • Park Street
  • Digbeth High Street
  • Rea Street
  • Moat Lane
  • Bradford Street
  • Barford Street
  • Moseley Street

The event organisers will of course aim to reopen roads as quickly as possible, but please do make sure to not park in the above streets as your car will be moved and may be subject to parking fines!

See the route map below, or for more information, visit the Birmingham 10k website.

Digbeth First Friday – May 2015

Digbeth First Friday celebrates its first birthday today!

To coincide with their first anniversary, DFF will be launching the Paying Artists campaign – keep an eye out for information distributed around the Digbeth First Friday venues.

Join the fun by exploring exhibitions, discovering the eclectic array of food on offer, and joining performances – there’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy:

Pop-up Waste Food Café
Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, B5 5PG

The Real Junkfood Project offer delicious meals and snacks made using food that would otherwise have been discarded on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.

Go Wild in The City
Edible Eastside, 122 Fazeley Street B5 5RS

Edible Eastside present an evening of story, music, food, talks and activities, designed to create a connection between people and wild places. BCU Students will be serving food (BBQ) and drinks from their Eco van with the usual Edible Eastside bonhomie.

“I’ll Bring You Flowers”: The Story So Far
Centrala, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

This exhibition presents work by collective practice ‘They Are Here’ who in 2012 answered a classified ad in Russian language newspaper Angliya. It translated as: “Everyone needs to eat and occasionally present flowers. For both you need money. With no job, no money. Help me find a job and you’ll be presented flowers.”

Aideen Doran: Im Bau
Grand Union, Unit 19, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Late night opening of research lab Im Bau by Glasgow based artist Aideen Doran. Pay bar open until 8pm.

Stryx, Unit 13, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Open studios of the feminist residency artists: Lucy Hutchinson, Emily Mulenga, Demi Nandhra with live music From DJ Westernra.

HFWAS, Unit 9 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

What is performance? When did it start? Was it serendipitous? A night of telling stories and singing songs.

First Friday Lounge Bar
The Bond Café Gallery, 180-182 Fazeley Street, B5 5SE

Treat yourself to a well-earned rest during your First Friday experience. With a wide choice of drinks and bar snacks, enjoy the gallery’s latest exhibition to a soundtrack of jazz and blues tunes.

First Friday Frolics
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH

Artists on The Edge present an evening of wondrous variety. Expect more weird performances with enigmatic characters, accompanied by Albert’s delicious recipes, washed down with cocktail cures.

Custard Factory Open Studios

When: Saturday 16th May, 10:30-16:30
Where: Custard Factory Artist Studios, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

The Custard Factory is know for its retail offering at ground floor level, but did you know that many talented artists occupy studios in the floors above?

The Open Studios initiative is specifically for those of you who are interested in supporting your local artists, and want to get a glimpse of studio life. This open day will give you a unique opportunity to walk around, speak to the artists and see their work first hand.

A new Custard Factory Open Studios blog has been established to give visitors introductions to each of the artists ahead of the day. More information will be added before the 14th May, so do keep checking back!

Free guided tours of studios will be taking place at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30; visit Eventbrite to book your place! A selection of the studio holders includes:

For more information, visit the Custard Factory Open Studios blog, or keep an eye on the Custard Factory Twitter.

Ace Dance & Music

When: Thursday 14th May, 17:30-19:30
Where: Ace Dance & Music, 54–57 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SL

Ace Dance & Music will be launching their newly refurbished dance studio and performance venue in Digbeth in May. A professional dance and music company, Ace skilfully combine African and Caribbean movement aesthetics with contemporary techniques to create high quality innovative performance work.

Aptly named the:spACE, the premises offers Ace the opportunity to expand and improve their existing programme, while also increasing their income from venue hire.

The launch evening will showcase the new space with a performance, and give a chance to celebrate the success of Ace while networking with other creative individuals in the area.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Gail Parmel at or call 0121 314 5830. For more information about Ace, visit their website here.

Birmingham Gin Festival 2015

When: Friday 28th until Sunday 30th August 2015
Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE Birmingham
Tickets: Available online

Save the date: the UK’s largest Gin Festival will take place in Digbeth this August Bank holiday weekend!

Returning to The Bond Company with over 100 different gins in hand, live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, and of course food, the festival is bigger and better than last year.

Tickets include a Gin Festival glass and brochure, and can be bought online here (click on the picture above). For more information, visit the Facebook event page or follow @GinFestival on Twitter.