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20 is Plenty

Residents of Digbeth should have recently received a postcard outlining proposals to cut speed limits on most of our streets from 2016. This is the latest stage in the council’s consultation on the 20 is Plenty plans to make roads more pedestrian friendly and reduce accidents.

The consultation is open from now until 17 October, after which plans will be finalised. More information is available on the Birmingham City Council website, but if you’d like to see the plans in person, who can do so at the following places/times in and around Digbeth:

  • The Irish Centre
    14-20 High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LN
    During normal opening hours until Friday 17 October
  • Stanhope Hall Community Centre
    Emily Street, Highgate, B12 0XJ
    Thursday 25 September, 15:00-19:00
  • Birmingham Council House
    Victoria Square, B1 1BB
    Saturday 11 October, 11:00-15:00

Bee Friendly at the Digbeth Community Garden

When: Saturday 27th September, 12:00 onwards
Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5TH

Birmingham Friends of the Earth will be holding a bee-friendly seed planting event at the Digbeth Community Garden next week. The garden was opened by Nechells Councillor Yvonne Mosquito and Chair of Digbeth Residents Association John Gordon in July, and is open to all as a green oasis in Digbeth.

By planting bee-friendly wildflower seeds in the wild area of the garden, it is hoped that more bees will be attracted to the heart of our city to help halt their decline. You can read more about the issues affecting bees on the FOE Bee Cause campaign website.

As well as planting seeds, the Community Garden volunteers would love your help with pond-digging and general garden maintenance in return for good food, good company, and possibly some dressing up in bee costumes!

For more information, please get in touch on

City of Colours Pop-up Shop

When: Friday 19 September from 17:00
Regular Opening Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00-18:00
Where: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

The City of Colours festival took over Digbeth earlier this month, and has left some fantastic world class street art all over our neighbourhood.

Considering the festival attracted around 9,000 people in 2014 – including people from as far away as Lithuania – the organisers this week confirmed a two-day event for next year (rejoice!), bringing even more art to Digbeth on the 5th and 6th September 2015. For more information and to see some great pictures of this year’s artworks, click here to visit the Birmingham Post website.

But if you can’t wait until next year to get your next City of Colours fix, never fear, the festival’s pop-up shop will be opening at the Custard Factory this weekend!

Starting this evening, the team behind the festival will be hosting a party at their temporary home in Gibb Street, with guest DJs, artists decorating the shop’s walls and some obligatory celebratory beverages on offer!

The shop will stock affordable art prints along with some original pieces, t-shirts, stickers and much much more. Click here to see further details on the Facebook event page, or below to watch a fantastic video created by St Basil’s – the festival’s official charity.

Fierce Festival 2014

When: 1-12 October 2014
Where: Various locations
Tickets available online

Next month Fierce Festival returns for 2014, and is even bigger and better than before. The Festival hub will be located at The Edge over the course of the first weekend on 3-4 October, coinciding with Digbeth First Friday on 3rd October 2014.

As the festival grows it is becoming more geographically dispersed, but many events still take place in Digbeth. Although tickets are now available to buy online, a good selection of events remain free to attend. I’ve highlighted a selection of events below; please click here to visit the Fierce website to see the full programme.

Car Deconstructions
Friday 3 October, 18:00-20:00; Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October, 11:00-17:00
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 9AR

After receiving training from Amsterdam-based artist Dina Rončević, seven local girls aged between 10 and 12, will disassemble a car to its nuts and bolts over three days. The work aims to challenge issues of social identity and gender roles in the male-dominated auto mechanic socio-cultural niche.

Festival Hub Opening
Friday 3 October 2014, 17:00–late
Festival Hub @ The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Friday 3 October 17:00-20:00, Saturday 4 October 2014 12:00-17:00
Festival Hub @ The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Saturday 4 October and Sunday 5 October, 12:00-14:00 and 15:00-17:00
Festival Hub @ The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Tania El Khoury
Saturday 4 October 2014, 18:30
Festival Hub @ The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Narcissister: Performance and Video Works
Saturday 4 October 2014, 20:00
Festival Hub @ The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Club Fierce: Algorave
Saturday 4 October 2014, 21:30-late
Festival Hub @ The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

The Vacuum Cleaner and Hannah Hull
Wednesday 8 October 2014, 18:30
Festival Hub @ The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

This is Your Tomorrow
Friday 10 October 2014, 22:00
Festival Hub @ The Edge, 79–81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

Fierce Slow Dance
Saturday 11 October 2014, 21:00-late
Polish Centre, Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PH

Cyborg Day
Sunday 12 October 2014, 18:30
Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Digbeth, B4 7XG

Boxxed Fresh

When: Saturday 27th September, 19:00 onwards
Where: Boxxed Warehouse, 104-105 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: £10 (available online here)

If after City of Colours you’re missing the thrill of live graffiti, then you don’t have much longer to wait to get your next fill.

Boxxed Fresh comes to Digbeth later this month; a new night filled with BBQ, music and graffiti, it is set to become a regular fixture on the Digbeth events calendar. Along with live beatboxers and graffiti artists, there will be dinosaurs, retro games such as Street Fighter, and huge prize giveaways including a custom made BMX!

For more information, see the Facebook event or check out the Boxxed Fresh page.

MacMillan Coffee Morning at The Anchor

When: Wednesday 24th September, 12:00 onwards
Where: The Anchor, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET

Next week The Anchor will be participating in the world’s biggest coffee morning in the name of raising money for people living with cancer.

Come along and show your support to a great charity. There will be coffee, lots of cake and some competitions all in aid of a good cause. If you’re at a loose end, bring along some mates for a gossip and a brew!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Eastside Projects – September 2014 Exhibitions

Exhibition Launch: Friday 19th September, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition Continues: until Saturday 6th December 2014
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

Everyone is welcome to Eastside Projects to join in the launch of two new exhibitions this Friday.

Rafal Zar
Old Hill Uprising

Old Hill Uprising is an exhibition of new paintings by Sandwell-based Polish artist Rafal Zar, depicting dehumanised symbols of a melancholic, nostalgic, sentimental darkness captured in a cartoon like reality just this side of an unrelenting emptiness.

Susan Philipsz
Broken Ensemble: War Damaged Musical Instruments (brass section)

Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz will create an acoustic environment related to the particularities of Eastside Projects’ 1918 industrial building, filling the gallery with brass musical instruments damaged in World War I.

For more information about both exhibitions, visit the Eastside Projects website.

Transforming Place – Neighbourhood Strategy in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council released its new neighbourhood strategy, entitled Transforming Place: Working together for better neighbourhoods, in spring 2014.

The strategy has been included below, and you can download it in full at this link.

Chamberlain Forum have created a website to discuss this new neighbourhood strategy, along with its background and previous approaches; click here to visit their Transforming Place website.

GEEK Festival

When: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 September 2014
Where: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth
Tickets: from £5 (available online here)

GEEK is a festival of play and games usually held annually in Margate, Kent. The organisers are bringing the event to Birmingham for the first time, and where else would they come but Digbeth?!

The theme of the event is Heroes and Villains, and there will be a special zone where Batman, Superman and Mario will battle against the Joker, Lex Luthor, Wario. There will be movie props and costumes on show, along with a special prize for the best Transformer costume!

GEEK will offer the opportunity to play hundreds of classic and modern games, on consoles spanning forty years from SNES to the Commodore 64, Xbox, Atari 7800 and Game Cube.

For more information, click here to visit the GEEK website.

The 24 Hour Rave Experiment

When: from 12:00 on Saturday 20th September, until 12:00 on Sunday 21st September
Where: The Rainbow Venues, 160 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD
Tickets: from £24 (available online here)

Now time for something completely different…

Later this month the Rainbow will be hosting an experimental 24 hour rave event, in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The venue will be transformed into ten different indoor and outdoor spaces, including an astro-turfed courtyard, a street party arena, and even a beach! There will also be a themed food court area to ensure revellers keep their energy levels up throughout the duration.

The event will take place from noon Saturday to noon on Sunday; anyone lasting the full 24 hours will have their ticket money refunded to them, and anyone who doesn’t will see the face ticket value donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Anyone caught sleeping will be politely asked to leave.

Due to the uniqueness of this event, it is anticipated that it will grab the attention of the national press, but residents of Digbeth are being reassured that it should not affect them; Sergeant Snape of West Midlands Police issued the following statement:

This event has been approved by the Safety Advisory Group and will have increased security, including a eight foot high solid metal security fence around its perimeter and a photo ID recording system at the entrance. The Digbeth Neighbourhood Policing Team will provide a high visibility reassurance presence at the main entrance and will be working with the event organisers. It is anticipated that this event will have no impact on the residents of Digbeth.

For more information, please visit the Rainbow website.