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The Tell-Tale Heart: Edgar Allan Poe

When: Friday 6th February 2015, from 19:30
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

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.

In honour of his birthday, celebrate the First Friday of February with chilling stories, haunting poems and short films dedicated to the uncontested master of the macabre.

If you’d like to get involved by offering a reading, a limited number of spots remain. Please email Laura ( to volunteer your services.

Give Friends of the Earth 5

Want to support Birmingham Friends of the Earth, who campaign for a more a sustainable and environmentally friendly Birmingham, but don’t have time to volunteer? Then donate a fiver today and it could become a tenner!

LocalGiving’s #GiveMe5 is a chance for your £5 donations to Birmingham Friends of the Earth to be doubled today. BFOE hope that this campaign will kick-start their 2015 fundraising, with your donation helping them to:

  • Push for more and better recycling in Birmingham
  • Work towards a more localised economy
  • Develop the Digbeth Community Garden and support nature across the city

At the end of today, 1,000 donations will be randomly selected to benefit from an additional £5 of matched funding from Localgiving.

If this seems worthwhile to you – it seems a no-brainer to us! – please do take this opportunity to double your donation to BFOE today!

If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with the team by email to or call 0121 632 6909.

On behalf of Digbeth and Birmingham as a whole – THANK YOU!

From Visions

When: Friday 27 February 2015, from 19:00 to 21:30
Where: Unit 9, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Tickets: from £5 (available online)

Home For Waifs And Strays is a live art initiative currently based at Minerva Works in Digbeth.

Their new show, From Visions, is a durational performance with both participatory and spectator elements; you can either sit back and watch the performance, or you can choose to be a part of it:

Welcome to the temple of the Goddess and the Whore.

Join the congregation. There will be rites of passage, meetings with the Goddess in an exchange of the ultimate height of love. As either participant or onlooker we welcome you.

The Whore dances the motions of life, lost in repetition. The Goddess on a higher mantel looks over to her muse and consort, as the time of the Whore is only how the Goddess achieves all her lessons, learns of life and woes.

For more information and to get your ticket, visit the Eventbrite booking page.

Grand Union – New Year 2015 update

Eastside Projects – January 2015 Events

When: Friday 30th January, 18:00-20:00
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

The new year brings new exhibitions to Digbeth’s creative spaces, and Eastside Projects is certainly no exception. Next Friday, join others in the gallery to see the public preview of three new exhibitions from various artists. The Black Pleasure bar will be open and it promises to be a fantastic evening.

Birmingham Show
Exhibition continues until 11 April

Birmingham Show is an exhibition as history and not history, connecting gaps, distances and potentials of artists who have lived, worked or studied within the city. Three key questions underpin the exhibition making – ‘What is the art of Birmingham?’ ‘Is there an accent to Birmingham’s art making?’ and ‘How is Birmingham useful for the production of art?’.

Eastside Projects’ intention is not to create an authoritive survey, but to initiate conversations and to think again about our city as a place that produces and supports artists in many different ways. By displaying a set of works that wouldn’t otherwise be experienced together, they hope to make visible co-existing and overlapping objects, processes, politics, relationships and scenes emanating from Birmingham. To help contextualise the exhibition, a series of short talks by artists, groups and projects will take place at the gallery on Saturday 31 January from 14:00.

Kelly Best: Velum
Exhibition continues until 28 February

Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase is a new artist development collaboration between Eastside Projects, g39 (Cardiff) and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. 3-Phase offers two early career artists, in this instance Kelly Best and Georgie Grace, the opportunity to make new work that will be exhibited through a year long programme of exhibitions across the collaborating galleries.

Kelly’s practice is rooted in drawing; she deals with architectural concerns, thinking past the constraints of the edge of the paper and drawing directly onto the wall and floor. At Eastside Projects she has developed a bespoke, modular wall structure; a large curved sculptural surface that supports a dense, ten metre long pencil drawing.

Digbeth Community Garden – January 2015 update

When: Saturday 24th January, 7th February, 21st February, 11:00-16:00
Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5TH

There’s always room for willing volunteers and hands at work days in the Digbeth Community Garden. Everyone is welcome to lend their support at the next work days; see the latest newsletter from the team below:

Beat the January Blues at The Anchor

When: Friday 23rd January, 20:00 onwards
Where: The Anchor, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET
Tickets: £3 available from the bar

Stuck for something to do tomorrow night?

The Anchor presents an evening of great stand up comedy, with 11 acts (at the last count!) starting at 8pm this Friday.

Tickets are only £3, so grab yourself a pint of the finest real ale, pull up a pew, and get ready to be entertained! The night usually goes on until around 22:30, and it’s a good idea to arrive early as all previous shows have sold out quickly.

The Misfits Comedy group was formed in the summer of 2013, comprised of comedians trained by Birmingham’s very own Barbara Nice, who continue to perform at various comedy nights in Birmingham, the Midlands and further afield.

Keep an eye out on the website as The Misfits hope to organise some free open mic shows at The Anchor to try out new material along with their well-honed jokes and anecdotes.

St Patrick’s Parade Charity Event

When: Friday 20th February, 19:00-03:00
Where: Irish Centre Birmingham, Digbeth, B12 0LN
Tickets: £10

Birmingham’s finest Irish bands have decided that they are going to do all they can to save Digbeth’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. As such, they invite you to the Irish Centre Birmingham on Friday 20th February, for an evening of live music, dancing and lots of yummy food to raise money to save the parade.

Taking over the Leinster Suite will be: Black Jack Davey, The Small Geezers, The Father Teds, The Hurling Boys, Little Jimmy, Mick Sullivan, Pat Breslin, Fran The Man, Caidre, Lampa, John Kiernan, DJ Eddie Boland and more to be confirmed!

Tickets are only £10 and include a free hot buffet. For more information, see the flyer below or call 0121 622 2314.

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Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza

When: Sunday 1st February 2015, 11:30-16:30
Where: Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £3 in advance (available online), £6 on the door

If you’re looking for something different for your wedding day, then you’re in luck! The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza returns to Digbeth in February, showcasing the very best in alternative wedding suppliers, in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment.

The event offers a wonderfully diverse range of services and products including live music, stilt walkers, a catwalk show, and amazing prizes in the treasure hunt. One thing you can be sure of is that it will be a fun day out with lots of giveaways, lots to see, and not one bit like a ‘normal’ wedding fair!

For more information and to buy advance tickets, visit the event website. To learn more of what to expect, check out a video from a previous event below:

Food Offers at Alfie Bird’s

When: daily from 17:00
Where: Alfie Bird’s, 204 The Green House, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

This past year, Alfie Bird’s has been on the receiving end of some fab reviews for its mix of freshly made food and live music.

Although you may be feeling the pinch of January, that shouldn’t mean you should avoid going out altogether, especially with Uncle Alfie’s weekly food offers available daily from 5pm:

  • Blue Mondays
    Anyone wearing blue gets a free upgrade from a small pizza to large pizza, or a house burger to premium burger
  • Tuesdays
    Two house burgers for £10
  • Wednesdays
    2-4-1 on large pizzas
  • Thirsty Thursdays
    A free bottle of beer or glass of wine with any large pizza or premium burger
  • TFI Friday
    The Three Tenners: A bottle of house wine, a bucket of five beers, or four Jägerbombs for £10 each

See the full menu below. To keep up to date with news from Alfie’s, check out the Facebook page or follow @Alfiebirds on Twitter.