Brum Creatives Exhibition by SmokeShow Images

When: Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th May 2014
Where: Stryx Gallery, Unit 13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Artist talks: Saturday 10th May at 14:00, and Thursday 15th May at 18:00

Birmingham Loves Photographers has launched a programme of events which will be taking place around the city from March until October 2014. One of the events taking place at Stryx in Digbeth is an exhibition of images taken by SmokeShow Images, a collaboration between photographer Ian Davies and award-winning stylist Sy Anne Taylor.

SmokeShow Images’ exhibition celebrates creatives from Birmingham, featuring portraits of local designers, artists, writers, producers and film makers, to celebrity figures such as Jasper Carrott, Patti Bell, Glynn Purnell and Brian Travers.

We’ve given you a taster of one of the images, taken of cult comedian Jasper Carrott in the Birmingham Pen Museum, but to see more, make sure you visit the exhibition from 10th May.

For more information about Birmingham Loves Photographers, visit their website or Facebook page. Click here for more information about SmokeShow, and here to visit Stryx Arts’ website.

Alfie Bird’s – Coming Soon

People often ask me what’s happening with the old Medicine Bar in the Custard Factory.

After previous owners tried (and failed) turning it into another bar, a couple of new tenants have moved in and are hoping to shake things up a bit. Going by the monikers of Alfie and Libby Bird, the plan is to open a new pizzeria and venue right in the heart of Digbeth.

Alfie Bird’s will be selling home-made gourmet pizzas, bagels and pretzels, along with cocktails and dreams. And once you’ve had your fill of what promises to be delicious food, simply step through a door into their new music venue, The Oobleck.

We’re really excited about the ‘pizza n party’ prospect of Alfie Bird’s, and look forward to sharing more details as and when we can. In the meantime, if you’d like more information, head to the website, Facebook, or Libby’s Tumblr.

If you’re interested in job or internship opportunities, see the flyer below and call 0121 270 6665 or email for more information.

M*A*D*E at The Rainbow

When: Friday 2nd May – Monday 5th May 2014
Where: The Rainbow and surrounding venues in Digbeth
Tickets: £15-£33 (available online)

A new four-day festival will descend on Digbeth this May Bank Holiday weekend.

M*A*D*E (Metropolitan Arts and Dance Event) is the first event to be held by The Rainbow in partnership with Global Gathering, and boasts a star-studded line-up, including Annie Mac and Sub Focus.

Digbeth Dining Club will start proceedings by hosting the regional final of the British Street Food Awards in the Arena on Friday 2nd May, with the festival continuing into the night. There will be events happening in the daytime along with evening festivities, so Digbeth will certainly be starting May off with a bang!

As with all extraordinary events such as these, we request the support of our residents in keeping Digbeth vibrant. M*A*D*E is likely to attract large numbers of revellers across the weekend, so please be prepare for more noise than usual. If you have any questions you’d like to ask ahead of the event, please contact Scott on or 0121 753 1818.

To see the full line-up, buy tickets, or for more information, click here to visit the M*A*D*E website.

Birmingham TradFest


When: 27-30 November 2014
Where: Digbeth

A brand new traditional Irish music festival is coming to Digbeth in November; Birmingham TradFest promises to be a colourful celebration Irish music and culture, including concerts, sessions, workshops and ceilis.

The festival will feature a line up of widely acclaimed artists from across the UK and Ireland, as well as showcasing the best talent that Birmingham has to offer.

Birmingham Tradfest hopes to cater for all musical tastes and ages, from core traditional to modern fusion, and by doing so, strengthen the sense of Irish identity and community cohesion in the city.

More details will be announced in the coming months; for further information, visit the website here, or follow the festival on Twitter or Facebook.

The Guerrilla Group

Last month, the BBC announced a new digital innovation unit, dubbed the Guerrilla Group, to be based at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth.

The Guerrilla Group aims to explore the next generation of BBC content, with a focus on engaging younger and more diverse audiences. The first members of the team will move in later this year, with the unit fully up and running from 2015.

This is clearly fantastic news for the city, considering the Beeb’s recent choice to focus on Salford in Manchester instead of Birmingham. It should also act a booster to Birmingham City Council’s aim to make Digbeth a centre for digital entrepreneurship and creativity.

Along with internal BBC teams, the Guerrilla Group will partner and collaborate with a range of start-ups and SMEs, which spells great news for organisations already working in Digbeth or planning to move here.

We certainly hope that this bold move from the BBC will help cement Digbeth as an innovation hub, and possibly act as a catalyst to attract more businesses into the area.

Eastside City Park

When: Monday 5th May 2014, 12:00 onwards
Where: Eastside City Park

Monday 5th May may be a Bank Holiday, but it will also be the start of the summer season of events at Eastside City Park!

To help kick start the Birmingham Made Me fair at Millennium Point, the Friends of Eastside City Park have planned a number of activities for May Day, including:

  • Street food
  • Croquet
  • Live music, and
  • The inaugural Rounders tournament

Digbeth Residents Association hopes to enter a team into the rounders tournament, so do email if you’d like to join the team – remembering it’s all for fun!

Last but not least, Eastside City Park is now on Facebook! Click the link to visit the page and to keep in touch with all future events and activities at the park.


When: Friday 18th April, 21:00-03:00
Where: Boxxed, Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: £8 advance, more on the door (available online)

Get your skates on! (*groan*)

To celebrate the fourth installment of Sneaks&Peaks on Saturday, MOHO are taking to the floor on eight wheels…

They are putting on a rollerdisco tomorrow night, featuring the MOHO resident DJs on the decks, and a whole host of fun.

Click here to see more information on the Facebook event page, and here to buy tickets.

The British Streetfood Awards in Digbeth

When: Friday 2nd May 2014, 17:00-00:00
Where: Rainbow Arena, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG

Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) is hosting the regional heats of the Street Food Awards 2014 and you are all invited!

For one night only, DDC is moving over to the Rainbow Arena, to find the Midlands’ best street food trader – and the winner will be decided on the night by you, the beautiful British public.

This special event will be a true festival experience, with a stage for music acts (courtesy of Madame Moonshine) and room for all of the traders, and will certainly help to kick off Digbeth First Fridays!

We recommend getting your party hats on, and wearing your roomy clothes with elastic waistbands so you can fill up on lots and lots of tasty food!

We’ve included a video of what to expect below; for more information, visit the DDC website or Facebook event page.

Eastside Projects – April 2014 News and Exhibitions

Gecko Work Placements in Europe

Gecko Programmes Ltd are specialists in international business development, project management, and workforce development. Based in the Custard Factory in Digbeth, they are also advocates of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, sending over 200 people on work experience placements in Europe since July 2010.

Gecko now send young people to Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Portugal for two to thirteen weeks every year. The longer programmes allow for language and cultural training, but the overall aim is that the work experience enhances the knowledge and skills of participants, to allow them to gain sustainable employment upon their return to the UK.

Kathryn said this of her experience in Europe:

For my placement I worked at the Macuf Museum of Contemporary art. This was a really inspiring place filled with interesting artwork. I supervised group activities and school visits, and really enjoyed the overall experience. I hope this insight will help me in job applications to art galleries in the UK and Europe. The experience was certainly a positive one!

To be eligible to participate, applicants must have an EU passport or National Identity Card, be aged 18-24, and live in the West Midlands. Their preparation, travel, accommodation and subsistence fees will all be covered by the programme.

If you are interested in learning more, or know someone who is, visit the website, call Elisabeta on 01902 837416, or email