Race Night at Hennessey’s

When: Friday 14th March, 20:00 onwards
Where: Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TJ

Hennessey’s will tonight be hosting a Race Night to raise funds for next year’s St Patrick’s Festival.

Many people don’t know that the whole festival only exists because of kind donations from the public, and simply would not happen without their support.

To help the festival organisers, the team at Hennessey’s are offering revellers the chance to sponsor a horse or a race, while enjoying the craic and some bubbly!

It promises to be a great night for sure! For more information, email mail@hennesseysbar.com or call 0121 643 3436.

Bill Drummond comes to Digbeth

Launch: Friday 14th March, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition Open: thereafter every Wednesday-Saturday until 14th June 2014, 12:00-17:00
Where: Eastside Projects, Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

Artist Bill Drummond will arrive in Birmingham today, along the Grand Union Canal on a raft made from his bed.

He will be creating a sculpture from 400 daffodils under Spaghetti Junction to launch his twelve-year world tour, where he will travel to China, India, Germany and the USA, before returning to Birmingham on 28th April 2025 (“if he does not die beforehand”).

Bill was once half of eccentric pop act The KLF who, after a string of hits, were named Best British Group at the Brit Awards in 1992. He is probably most (in)famous for burning a million pounds in music royalties in 1994.

As part of his three-month residency at Eastside Projects, Drummond plans to instigate conversations with gallery visitors about the funding of art. His belief is that art should be financed solely by customers who are willing to pay, and not other forms of regional or national funding.

To learn more about the programme of events, click here to visit Eastside Projects’ website.

Eastside Projects – March 2014 News and Exhibitions

Flatpack Festival 2014

Mirai MizueWhen: 20-30th March 2014
Where: Various venues across Birmingham and Digbeth

The excellent and ground-breaking Flatpack Festival returns to Digbeth on the 20th Match 2014. This year, the Flatpack Palais will be located in Spotlight on Lower Trinity Street over the second weekend of the festival.

You can search for festival events by venue on the website here; we’ve selected a few happening in Digbeth to whet your appetite for celluloid below:

A pop-up Korean film house located in the Custard Factory. Half cinema, half rental shop, DVDBang is open from 8am-2am from 24-30 March. Watch what you want, when you want with snacks, drinks, and 30 Korean films to choose from. Click here for more information.

Silent Running
Horizontal screening of the cult film set in the future where the only plant life left is preserved in space. In addition, Outer Sight will screen disaster time-travel movie Idaho Transfer with a live soundtrack. Click here for more information.

Calf Retrospective
Retrospective of Japanese DVD label Calf with UK premieres and talks from one of the members. Click here for more information.

Retrospective and talk from animator Priit Pärn. Click here for more information.

Midlands Metro Consultation

When: Wednesday 12th March, 10:00-18:00
Where: High Street Birmingham

Centro is engaging in a public consultation regarding the proposed Eastside tram extension.

The Eastside extension would connect the proposed HS2 terminus at Curzon Street and Moor Street Station to the existing tram network, linking all of Birmingham’s city centre rail stations for the first time.

Since there are two options, Centro would like to speak to as many people as possible to decide on the preferred route. There is more information about the Eastside extension online, or visit the exhibition bus on High Street Birmingham (not Digbeth High Street!) on Wednesday.

NHWN guide to crime prevention and safety

Dear members & supporters,

The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) has published a comprehensive collection of crime prevention and safety advice.

Many thanks to the Police Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers, Crimestoppers, Get Safe Online, the Master Locksmiths Association, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, the Fire & Rescue Service, Secured by Design, Action Fraud and Avocet Hardware Ltd, and Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch members, who have provided valuable input into this document.

The Stay Safe Guide is available to download from the NHWN website, or can be found below:

Shed Brand Innovation

Shed Brand Innovation was founded by Angelique Green and Stuart Ruff, who boast an international client list including Coca Cola, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco, and Cayman Islands Film Festival.

Angelique started her career working in Starbucks in San Francisco, before opening the firm’s first branches in England and 31 other countries. Whereas Stuart has worked for household names such as Tesco, Levi, Vodafone, Mothercare, Clarkes and McDonald’s.

Shed specialises in bringing new brands or new products to market, helping them to think innovatively in spite of the competition. Angelique said: “We looked across the UK for somewhere to found our business. When we walked through the doors of Fazeley Studios, we thought, ‘this is home, this is where we want to be’. It is a beautiful, inspirational setting full of creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Welcome to the neighbourhood! Here’s hoping Shed help to keep Digbeth on the international creative map for many years to come!

Welcome to The Emerald Village

When: Sunday 16 March, 11:00-18:00
Where: The Custard Factory, Digbeth
Free Entry

By now, you should know that Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations are almost upon us! As well as the usual variety of fringe events, 2014 will see the inauguration of The Emerald Village in The Custard Factory on parade day.

Two years in the planning, The Emerald Village will be split to offer two distinctly different but equally fantastic celebratory experiences:

The Emerald Garden
Zellig Car Park, Custard Factory (off Digbeth High Street)

The Emerald Garden will be a mini festival for the revellers of the day, boasting:
• A large stage curated and hosted by The Moseley Folk Festival
• Street food vendors including Pietanic, Handmade Burgers, and Bourneville Waffle
• A large bar from The Old Crown, offering craft ales along with the usual selection
• Live art from local street artists

The Emerald Village Family Area
Gibb Street, The Custard Factory

Gibb Street will be transformed into a strict no alcohol zone, offering entertainment for all the family:
• A pop-up restaurant and tea room in The Old Library serving traditional Irish food
• Live busker-stlye music from Trip to Bham Tradfest
• Indoor vintage market from Sutton Vintage Fairs
• Childrens entertainment and musical workshops from Footie Bugs and Creation Station

For more information about Emerald Village line up and activities taking place on the day, visit the website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.

Viaduct Launch

When: Saturday 15 March, 12:00 onwards
Where: A3 Project Space, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA

Viaduct is a special one-off publication about the abandoned Duddeston Viaduct, by artist and sculptor Rich White.

The publication will be launched at 12:00 noon at A3 Project Space, and will be followed by a special group walk of the street-level route.

Birmingham St Patricks Festival 2014

When: 7th-17th March 2014
Where: Digbeth

By now, you should all know that the St Patrick’s Day Parade will be taking place on Digbeth High Street from 12:00-16:00 on Sunday 16th March. Keeping with the theme of Irish Myths and Legends, the parade will be led by an Ollipeist (Irish Dragon).

As the legend goes, after St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes, he began imprisoning dragons. Knowing his fate, the Ollipeist fled Ireland and in doing so, carved out with his tail what is now called the Shannon Valley.

As well as the parade, there will be a children’s entertainment area, live music stages, a mobile zoo, clown, face painting, story telling, a market, The Emerald Village, and a funfair!

But the parade isn’t the only event happening in Digbeth over the new few days, the festival has a number of fringe events taking place from Friday 7th until Monday 17th March:

Saturday 8th March
The Reel – a day of music, dance and poetry!
13:00-15:00 on Edgbaston Street (by the Bullring Open Market)
Free Event

Monday 10th March 2014
Traditional Irish Music Night
20:00 at The Spotted Dog
Free Event

Tuesday 11th March 2014
Storytelling with Claire Murphy
19:30 in the Custard Factory Auditorium
Free Event

Wednesday 12 March 2014
Music, dance and drama night presented by a collective of Birmingham Schools
18:00-21:00 in the Custard Factory Auditorium
Free Event

Wednesday 12 March 2014
Irish Whisky Tasting Night – includes a selection of drinks, a talk and Irish stew
19:00 in The Old Crown
Tickets £15

Thursday 13th March 2014
An evening of Storytelling: Irish Myths and Legends
20:00 at The Spotted Dog
Free Event

Thursday 13th March 2014
Big Irish Night – Hosted by Irish in Birmingham
19:30 at The Old Crown
Free Event

Friday 14th March 2014
Charity Race Night – in aid of the Parade
20:00 at Hennessey’s Bar
Free Event

Saturday 15th March 2014
Shaping the Archive of Irish in Birmingham
14:00-16:00 at the Library of Birmingham
Free Event

Saturday 15th March 2014
Lampa – A young Birmingham band playing live traditional and contemporary music
20:00 at Hennessey’s Bar
Free Event

Sunday 16th March
Live music from Motorcity String Band, Lampa, and The Father Teds
10:00-17:00 at South and City College, Digbeth Campus
Free Event