Women and Social Network Meeting

When: Thursday 22nd May 2014, 11:00-13:00
Where: iSE, Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ

iSE’s essential women’s network is for women who work in social enterprise, lead or aspire to become leaders of social enterprises.

The next meeting will focus on stress management, and is supported by the Health Exchange.

Please see the poster below for more information; if you would like to register to attend, please contact Marija on 0121 771 1411 or marija@i-se.co.uk.

You Are Here

In July 2012, Trevor Pitt and Oliver Jones set up A3 Project Space as an artist-led venue and project space in Digbeth.

This March to October, A3 are working to deliver a series of projects entitled You Are Here, designed to encourage the communities of Digbeth and Bordesley to engage in their surroundings in a different way.

One of these projects was Richard White’s Viaduct, but if you missed out, there are still a number of ways for you to get involved:

Workshops: dates in May and June TBC
Sellotape Cinema

Steven Chamberlain and Steven Snell will run a series of workshops introducing people to animation techniques as part of their Sellotape Cinema project.

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June
Going Down to Barry’s

Clare Thornton will work with Barry’s fabric shop in Digbeth to make an interactive installation using fabric from the store.

Workshop: Saturday 14th June
Performance: Friday 4th July at 20:00
Record Player Orchestra

Roger Clarke will run workshops with music enthusiasts, challenging them to use record players as musical instruments. On 4th July, the newly formed Record Player of Birmingham will give their first public performance at A3.

There are other projects to be led by artists Rob Hewitt, Mark Gubb, Gordon Dalton, Cathy Wade, Mahtab Hussain, Jo Roberts, and Marlene Smith. Please visit the A3 website for more information.

Ladies Night at On Your Bike

When: Tuesday 20th May, 18:30 onwards
Where: On Your Bike, 33-40 Bradford St, Digbeth, B5 6HX

On Your Bike are holding a Ladies Night next Tuesday at their shop on Bradford Street.

They will be joined by guest speaker Chris Garrison (Trek UK), who will present her best advice on a number of cycling topics including:

  • Women’s products and bike geometry – what it means and why it’s important
  • Saddle comfort – the three secret ingredients to being comfortable on your bike
  • Top tips to fix a puncture without getting your hands greasy!

As well as learning from Chris’ wealth of expertise and browsing the OYB range of ladies bikes, clothing and accessories available, this is also a great opportunity to meet like-minded female cyclists from our area.

Refreshments will be provided. Please reserve a place by email to birmingham@onyourbike.com, by phone on 0121 6666 933, or via the Facebook event page.

Vehicle safety and capture cars

Digbeth Residents Association would like to remind all patrons of Digbeth to be extra vigilant of the safety of their vehicles during the summer.

Digbeth has relatively low crime rates considering our central city location, but at least half of all crime in Digbeth is vehicle-related. With the warmer months approaching, please ensure that you close all windows, lock your car and keep any valuables out of sight of opportunist thieves while parking in the area.

The Digbeth police use innovative ways of discouraging vehicle crime by operating high-visibility patrols, dome-hawk cameras and even capture cars. Capture cars are rigged unmarked police cars with secret cameras and satellite navigation that are left in known hotspots for vehicle theft.

Thefts from vehicles are usually carried out in a matter of seconds, often with no witnesses or CCTV footage, but capture cars enable West Midlands Police to trap thieves red-handed.

We’ve included a video of a capture car in action below, just as additional caution to any wannabe thieves. For more information about keeping your vehicle safe, please visit safer motors website.

The Panj Piare Assemble

When: Friday 16th May 2014, 18:00-20:00
Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

The Panj Piare takes the idea of ‘the five beloved ones’ as a concept for a series of exhibitions. Each exhibition curated by a different member of the group of five artists, featuring only the work of the other four; The Panj Piare Assemble is the third in the series.

For one night only, artist Harry Meadley will present an exhibition of work by his friends at Grand Union, featuring the very first work Harry encountered by each of the participating artists, and a new work by all five artists in the form of a costume that they will wear at the exhibition.

Further details are rather sketchy… I guess you’ll just have to pop along to Grand Union on the night!

Parking Around

When: Saturday 14th June, 12:00 and 15:00
Where: Eastside City Park, Digbeth

Parking Around is a brand new piece of outdoor circus theatre from Digbeth-based RoguePlay. Featuring 17 performers hanging high in the skies above, lifting, throwing and balancing each other, and dancing away to an eclectic soundtrack of music and poetry.

The performances are completely free and will be followed by free participatory workshops for adults and children alike. So come along and get parking around!

If you’d like to get more hands on with the show, RoguePlay are recruiting volunteers to help with stewarding, collecting feedback, stage management, and looking after performers. There are also three apprenticeship positions available, shadowing either the Project Manager, Artistic Director or the Sound Engineer.

These opportunities are available to people aged 19 or over; if you are interested, please email info@rogueplay.co.uk for more information.

For more details about Parking Around, keep an eye on the RoguePlay blog or visit the Facebook event page.

Artbus – May 2014

When: Thursday 15th May, 17:00-21:00
Where: Starting from Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

The Art Bus returns to Digbeth next week, to transport all you culture vultures around five of Birmingham’s most excellent galleries for free.

Starting at Eastside Projects in Digbeth, buses will take a circular route on a hop-on-hop-off basis making stops at mac birmingham, the Barber Institute, Ikon, and the RBSA Gallery.

For more information about the refreshments and guided tours available at each of the venues, please click on the individual links above. For more information and a bus timetable, please see the poster below:

Roxie’s Confession

When: Friday 9th May, 19:30-22:30
Where: The Crossing, South and City College Birmingham, Digbeth High Street, B5 5SU
Tickets: £5 (available online)

The musical Roxie’s Confession comes to The Crossing on Digbeth High Street this Friday.

Billed as the ‘musical of musicals’, the show is sure to get you on your feet while raising money for two deserving causes: Wythall Animal Sanctuary and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

For more information, see the poster below or click here to buy tickets.

Creature Feature Season at the Giant Screen

When: Friday 9th – Wednesday 14th May
Where: The Giant Screen, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Digbeth
Tickets: from £2.50 each (available online here)

The Giant Screen cinema at Millennium Point is celebrating the upcoming release of Godzilla on 15th May with a season of creature features, that is, monster films. The classics on offer include:

  • Friday 9 May at 18:30 – Jaws
  • Friday 9 May at 21:00 – The Fly
  • Saturday 10 May at 12:30 – Jason and the Argonauts
  • Saturday 10 May at 18:30 – Jurassic Park
  • Saturday 10 May at 21:00 – The Thing
  • Sunday 11 May at 12:30 – Monsters vs Aliens
  • Sunday 11 May at 19:00 – Labyrinth
  • Monday 12 May at 19:00 – Tremors
  • Tuesday 13 May at 19:00 – Godzilla
  • Wednesday 14 May at 19:00 – Monsters

For information and to book tickets, visit the Giant Screen website or the Facebook page.

The old favourites on the 72ft screen will be accompanied by an exhibition of original creature creations by local artist Tom Ellis. Entitled Curious Oddities: The Emporium of Mythical Creatures, Ellis will share his weird and wonderful creatures and their carefully-woven magical stories.

See more about Tom on his website here, or visit his shop to buy a curious creature of your own.


When: Wednesday 7th May, 19:00 onwards
Where: Boxxed, 104–105 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Free Entry

Skint comes to Boxxed this Wednesday; a free event designed to promote the idea of upcycling, using waste products to create new and useful items.

Skint will feature live art, a pop-up cinema, a clothing swap shop and live art created with recycled materials.

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