Digbeth First Friday – May 2016

When: Friday 6th May, 18:00-late

Digbeth First Friday returns this week, bringing another jam‐packed evening of exhibitions, performances, screenings, frolics and food. With a diverse range of events from a pop-­up café and new artist residencies, to provocative film screenings and lightning fast footwork, there’s definitely something for everyone!

Experience the incredible variety of events this month, discover something new and enjoy the fantastic independent culture Digbeth has to offer:

Pop­‐up Poetry Café
Digbeth Community Garden, 54-­57 Allison Street, B5 5TH
18:30

The Real Junk Food Project and Naked Lungs have combined with Digbeth Community Garden to create an evening of food, words, music and drinking.

GAP Arts Project: Opening event
316 Jubilee Centre, 130 Pershore Street, B5 6ND
18:30-20:00

The GAP Arts Project is opening a unique civic space in Birmingham with young artists and creatives at its heart. The focus will be on Heart of the Matter, a young artist collective exhibition, with live music, spoken word, craft and more.

International Dance Festival Birmingham: Pop-­up performances
Minerva Works car park, B5 5RS
18:00-19:30

JINX 103 is a breathtakingly energetic dance of lightning fast footwork, leg twisting and weaving, high kicks and turning jumps, whereas The Machine Show can only be described as jaw dropping moves meets mechanoid mayhem!

SOUP Part III
Stryx, 13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS
18:30-20:30

Stryx introduce you to the recently selected SOUP artists in residence. The artists will present works that represent their current practices spanning performance, sculpture, video and installation.

This is Now: Film and Video after Punk
Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS
18:00-20:00

Grand Union host a series of screenings from the BFI/LUX touring programme This is Now: Film and Video After Punk, focussing on the Performing the Self programme. New ways to think about identity, the self and the body were all part of punk’s powerful legacy.

Noise + Nostalgia
Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT
19:00-21:00

Noise + Nostalgia is a season of provocative, daring Post-­Punk art and film featuring a special night of film programme previews across Minerva Works.

Through A Glass, Darkly!
Centrala, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT
18:00-02:00

Its time for another First Friday at Centrala, who this time are screening Through A Glass, Darkly!, a selection of short films.

Performance as Publishing: Take Three
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 9AR
19:00-20:30

Take Three will feature newly commissioned performances by Nicole Bachmann, Ruth Beale and Marie Toseland & Sophie Mallet, alongside screenings of artists’ films from the LUX Archive. The event is free but booking is essential, see website to book.

Artists on the Edge: First Friday Frolics
The Edge, 79‐81 Cheapside, B12 OQH
19:30-late

Created and curated by Friction Arts and DeBasement, raise a cocktail, sink back under a Moroccan marquee and chew street food while Birmingham based poets spit lyrics and prose. Dance, shiver and shake to cabaret, and the dulcet tones of local legends JamTidy, Sean Gambowl Walsh and The Plagiarists.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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