Digbeth – the coolest place in the UK?

People like to bad-mouth Digbeth, which is one of the reasons Digbeth Residents Association was established. We search out the stories and plan events that show the other side of this vibrant, eclectic and forward-moving area in which we live.

We certainly think Digbeth is cool, but there seems to be a sea-change in how others perceive our little corner of the city with Culture Trip recently proclaiming Digbeth as one of the ten coolest neighbourhoods in the UK!

Clearly this is fantastic news and we’re delighted. Thanks to Helen Armitage for the article, which you can read in full here.

As Birmingham’s resident creative quarter, Digbeth boasts a wealth of cultural goings-on: from Digbeth Dining [Club], a weekly street food event, and the monthly Digbeth First Friday, to its annual festivals, Supersonic and the Flatpack Film Festival. The Custard Factory, a collection of independent businesses located in restored Victorian factories, is the place to head for hip boutique shopping, while the neighbourhood’s street art – featuring works by graffiti artists Gent 48 and Jimmy C – is sure to thrill art fans. Head to Digbeth’s long-standing pubs like The Rainbow and The Spotted Dog – former hangouts of Birmingham’s notorious Peaky Blinders gang – for drinks and a feel for the neighbourhood’s history.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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