Community Newswire

Aspire4u‘s latest programme, Community Newswire, is offering people aged 18-30 free media training. Sign up to learn skills such as:

  • Broadcast journalism training
  • Business start-up training
  • Presentation skills training
  • Event management training
  • Sponsorship training

As part of the project you will also have the opportunity to express your views on issues that matter to YOU as a young person living in Birmingham!

In addition, Aspire4u is looking for 20 young professionals (aged 25–35) from Birmingham to feature in a series of short videos about role models in Birmingham. Have you overcome a great obstacle in life? Have you done something inspiring? Are you considered a role model? Then share your stories as part of the Community Newswire project!

For more information, and to get involved, email, call 0121 622 3603, or follow @aspire4ucic on Twitter.

Digbeth From Above

This week the Birmingham Mail has taken a bird’s eye view over Digbeth as it was almost a century ago.

With pictures of our fair land taken from the skies in the 1920s and 1930s, it’s possible to say how much (or how little) has changed.

We’ve included one of the photos below, but click here to read the full article.

Axis Point

When: Saturday 12 July, 20:00 onwards
Where: Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PH
Tickets: £8 on the door, £5 advance (call 07401046729)

Axis Point is a new band featuring Steve Tromans (piano), Tymoteusz Jozwiak (drums), and Lukasz Chyla (electric bass), who come to Digbeth next week to launch their new work in eight parts (album) Eight Views of a Similar Object:

Mixing influences from rock, jazz, hip-hop, funk, gospel, and Indian classical, the eight new pieces (the “eight views” of the title) were written in as many days in May 2014. Each tune reflects aspects of each of its others, bringing a shared musical object(ive) into collective focus, not directly heard but sensed through the interconnections that resonate.

And it’s damn funky stuff… :-)

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Free Food Fridays at Alfie Birds

When: Fridays, 16:00-19:00
Where: Alfie Birds, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

Those clever clogs at Alfie Birds have launched Free Food Fridays at their humble establishment – a weekly casual networking event, followed by free live comedy and music at The Oobleck Oompah.

To qualify for one plate of free food per person, simply drop your business card at the venue, or email Maryam ( with your details. With delicious pizza, burgers and a full menu besides, you’d be mad not to take them up on this offer!

Why not head over this Digbeth First Friday for some fabulous free food to start a fun evening of frolic, film and other activities starting with f?

See the Alfie Birds website for more menu information, and visit The Oobleck’s Facebook page to see what’s on this evening and in future.

Over The Fence

The acclaimed Australian film festival, Over The Fence, celebrates its 16th birthday by making its UK debut in Digbeth tomorrow.

Over The Fence aims to celebrate new and independent filmmakers, a mission which fits perfectly within Digbeth.

Hosted by Friction Arts, the official festival programme will be proceeded by an evening of West Midlands-made comedy films and performance, including screenings of Evil Resident, cult classic The Westerner, and the newly-discovered Battle of the Lickey Hills – a comedy documentary screened for the first time in the city.

Exploring the themes of death, love and desire, the selected films being screened in Digbeth include movies from Australia, America, Europe and the UK:

When: Friday 4 July 2014, 18:30 until late
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Birmingham B12 0QH
Tickets: £2 available on the door only

A selection of films by local filmmakers with live-action interludes. Part of Digbeth First Friday.

When: Saturday 5 July 2014, 19:30 onwards
Where: Custard Factory Theatre, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA
Tickets: £5 available on the door

International short films direct from the 16th Over The Fence Film Festival, including Perth 2014 Audience Choice, the Birmingham-made Titanic Love.

For more information, visit the Friction Arts website, email or call 0121 772 6160.

Sneeky Fox Pop Up Shop

When: open 10:00-18:00 daily until Saturday 5th July
Where: 67 Digbeth High street, B5 6DH

On Friday 27th June, sneeky fox launched its first pop up shop for one week in Digbeth, the place the brand calls home.

The shop sees the launch of the new sneeky fox staple collection, a twelve-piece range of wardrobe essentials all cut, sewn and designed with Digbeth street life in mind.

The staple collection will be offered at a 10% discount throughout the duration of the pop up; past collections will also be available with up to 30% off.

Alongside the apparel, there will be an exhibition of a host of Birmingham artists’ work, including Digbeth favourite Newso.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page, Instagram, or follow @thesneakyfox on Twitter.

Listening Sessions

When: Thursday 3rd July
Regular events on the first Thursday of every month
Where: PST, 71 Lombard Street, Digbeth, B12 0QU

Listening Sessions is run by two Birmingham-based producers and DJs who wanted to create an event that could showcase the city’s wealth of musical talent.

Since December 2013, Listening Sessions has given local producers the opportunity to take their creations from their studios and into a club environment.

There is always a versatile range of music on offer on the first Thursday of every month at PST Club, from left field hip-hop, reggae, dub, dubstep, intelligent DnB, and everything in between. To give you an idea of the range of music on offer, the guys have provided a list of producers who have showcased their productions at previous Sessions on their website here.

To learn more about Listening Sessions, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Digbeth First Friday – July 2014

When: Friday 4th July, 17:00-late
Where: Various venues across Digbeth

Digbeth First Friday returns this week, celebrating independence with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected places, live music, street food and more.

First Friday offers variety, mystery and quality with a plethora of activity:

  • Join The Bond Co for an evening of summer fun with craft beer, whisky, summer punch, BBQ food and fabulous live acoustic music (17:00-23:00)
  • A3 Projects presents Record Player Orchestra and Sellotape Cinema at Vivid Projects.
    Experiment with playing a record player as a musical instrument and create Kaleidoscopic visuals with electric and mechanical devices made by Sellotape Cinema! The drop-in workshop runs from 6pm followed by a live performance at 8pm (18:00-21:30)
  • A3 Projects also host an exhibition of Oliver Jones’ work, entitled Love The Skin You’re Insee more at the Birmingham Post website(18:00-20:00)
  • Join Grand Union for their annual Open Studios event, giving you the chance to peek behind the scenes and see what their artists are currently working on. They’ll also be keeping their Gallery doors open until 8pm, giving you another opportunity to see A Diffuse Citizen by Holly Antrum.
  • Eastside Projects opens late with two new exhibitions: Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society by Grace Schwindt and Pleasure, Devotion, Balance presented by Mexico in the second gallery (18:00-21:00)
  • Stryx presents a group exhibition featuring 11 Midlands-based artists who were born outside of the UK. Their work explores themes of language, identity, culture and origin (18:00-21:00)
  • A 50th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove on The Giant Screen at Millennium Point (19:30-21:15)
  • Flatpack Film Festival converts Edible Eastside’s canalside garden into an al fresco cinema, serving hot dogs and beer and screening one of the finest – and strangest – movies of the 1980s: Alex Cox’s LA punk sci-fi classic REPO MAN (20:30-23:30)
  • Friction Arts presents a selection of side-splitting short films by Brummies, about Brum, with performance interludes from Friction’s Fabarray Crew at The Edge as part of the two-day international short film festival, Over The Fence (18:30-21:30)
  • The Cobalt Blue Contemporary Arts presents United States of Art – an exhibition of visual, performance and installation art at The Lakeside Gallery, Custard Factory (12:00-22:00)

Remember to pick up a Disloyalty Card and collect stamps from ten different participating venues to trade for treats!

For more information and to join in, visit the Digbeth First Friday website.

The Only Way is Safety

Although robbery has reduced significantly across the West Midlands over the last decade by almost 50% (from 9,212 offences in 2002/03 to 4,862 last year), the crime tends to spike in the summer months.

Offences tend to increase during the lighter evenings, and mainly happen on the street and in parks, particularly during school, college and university holidays.

The Only Way is Safety is the message coming from West Midlands Police, through videos parodying The Only Way is Essex, aimed particularly at young people who account for more than half of robbery victims.

Watch one of the videos below, or visit the WMP website to learn more about keeping your belongings safe.

Birmingham Beer Bash 2014

When: Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th July 2014
Where: The Bond Co, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: starting from £8 (available online here)

The Birmingham Beer Bash is returning to The Bond Co in Digbeth this July, promising to be bigger and better than last year’s debut.

Continuing the theme of bringing fantastic products from around the world to Digbeth, while also showcasing some of the best the Midlands has to offer, more than 120 different beers will be available to sample at the festival.

In addition, there will be special fringe events including fine dining paired with beer, expert talks and tastings, and an opportunity to sample some specially recreated historic beer recipes.

For further information, please contact, visit the website here, or watch the video below: