Yard Talk, Then & Now!

When: Saturday 13 September, 14:00-16:00
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
Free to attend, all welcome

Yard Talk, Then & Now! is a new season of convivial open discussions taking place at The Edge.

Every month, everyone is welcome to The Edge for a free lunch and refreshments (although bringing your own food is much appreciated!), open conversation, and to hear from special guests like musicians, speakers or artists. Each Yard Talk will focus on a particular theme, and some practical workshops will be included alongside the discussions, such as book-binding, engineering or DIY.

Following this month’s outing, a Yard Talk will take place on the second Saturday of every month, from 2pm until 4pm:

  • Saturday 11th October 2014
  • Saturday 8th November 2014
  • Saturday 13th December 2014
  • Saturday 10th January 2015

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

Digbeth O’Lympics 2014

When: Sunday 14 September, opening ceremony at 12:00
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

After a Glastonbury-esque break last year, the Digbeth O’Lympics are back with a vengeance for 2014!

Put on your fancy dress (if you like), invite all your friends and come along to what is one of the most fun free events in Birmingham for the whole family. This year will be super-sized with a BBQ, fireworks, face painting, and a raffle, all alongside the traditional events:

  • The Legendary Cardboard Coracle Race
  • Custard-Filled Welly Race
  • International Tug of War
  • Soap Box Races
  • Snail Races
  • Downhill Office Chair Race

This is a volunteer-driven event will all proceeds from the day going to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

If you’ve had the pleasure of being before, you’ll know that full on belly laughs at the competitors’ expense are all just part of the standard D’O'Lympics package.
(Believe me, I’ve been on the receiving end of that laughter going head first into the Custard Factory pool, but I digress…)

For more information, visit the Facebook event page, or call 0121 772 3822.

Bringing local policing to a living room near you

Traditionally, public meetings of West Midlands Police only attracted a few dedicated individuals, with the timing and location inconvenient for many. However, officers are now using Google Hangout technology to engage more members of the public in local policing matters.

The public can now submit questions in advance or remotely on the night of meetings, log in live, or tune in later to see what was said. Since West Midlands Police started using Google Hangouts, over 30,000 members of the public have taken part in meetings, who may have otherwise not been able to.

To mark the advances in their use of technology, West Midlands Police will host the three-day SMILE (Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement) this month. Previously held only in the USA and Canada, the event organisers are moving the conference to Britain to showcase some of the exciting and innovative work of UK police forces.

For further information about the conference and to register, click here to visit the website or click here see the Facebook event page.

Films by Themerson

When: Friday 5 September 2014, 18:00-23:00
Where: Centrala, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Free Entry

Stefan and Franciszka Themerson were arguably the most important avant-garde film makers in pre-war Poland. To celebrate their contribution to the arts, Polish Expats Association (PEA) invites you to a special screening of three of their surviving films, right here in Digbeth:


  • The Adventure of a Good Citizen (1937)
  • Calling Mr Smith (1943)
  • The Eye and the Ear (1944-5)


As part of September’s Digbeth First Friday, the screening will take place at PEA’s Centrala space in Minerva Works, and will be accompanied by chillout music and good food.

For more information, visit the Centrala website.

Hello World

Opening: Friday 5 September, 18:00-21:00
Where: PROVIDE, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AT

Contemporary artist Imbue, declared ‘the Banksy of Brighton’ by The Independent, has recently relocated to Birmingham, and naturally will be holding his first exhibition in his new home town at PROVIDE in Digbeth.

Infamous for hijacking advertising billboards, he once upset a certain drinks company with his creative re-imagination of their advertising. This exhibition at PROVIDE, opening on September’s Digbeth First Friday next week, promises to be a little tamer, but no less entertaining.

A collection of nine new hand-printed screen prints will be available, alongside an exclusive t-shirt to accompany the exhibition. The exhibition is free, but if you’d like to take a piece home with you, the prints will be priced at only £10 each (first come, first served) – a snip if you ask us!

For more information about the exhibition, visit the PROVIDE website or click here to see the Facebook event page.

The Spotted Dog Festival of Music

When: Sunday 31 August, 14:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Tickets: suggested donation of £5 – ALL of which will go to Acorns

This Sunday, The Spotted Dog presents a Festival of Music (FOM) which will see an eclectic mix of artistes performing for no fee, all in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The roster of confirmed acts includes some well-known and well-loved local bands such as:

  • Reel Note (Irish)
  • Forro Social (Brazilian)
  • The New Orleans Wanderers (traditional jazz)
  • Kevin Maher (Irish traditional)
  • Pete Kelly (folk singer-song writer)
  • Routes (jazz with a twist)
  • Tony and Laurence (Afro jazz vocalists)
  • Ellie Edmonds “Barbarashop” Trio
  • Ruby and Edd (folk)
  • Trio Rosbifs featuring Mathias Svensson and Celine Dommart (gypsy jazz)
  • Alicia Gardener-Trejo’s Jazz Quartet
  • Scottish Blokes featuring Richard Foote and Jonathan Silk (something involving trombones)
  • Alternative Strings (film classics played on the harp)

Although the event is free, to show your appreciation to the acts who are giving up their time, a donation of £5 per person, all of which will go to Acorns, would be expected.

For more information, click the poster to visit the Facebook event page or call 0121 772 3822

Romeo and Juliet under the Arches

When: Thursday 28th until Sunday 31st August 2014, 19:00 (doors open at 18:00)
Where: The Arches Project, Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4EE
Tickets: £7 (plus booking fee) available online here

The Base Tikes are a group of twenty young actors based in and around Birmingham. With a mission of making Shakespeare cool and bringing the works of the late playwright to the masses in a whole new way, the ‘Tikes describe themselves as a mash-up between Simon Cowell and classical theatre (!).

Although the Base Tikes look like a girl/boy band, don’t let that fool you; expect a full-length, full-blooded performance of Romeo and Juliet in the dramatic surrounds of the Arches Project.

For more information click the flyer below to visit The Arches Project website, or click here to buy tickets for a performance of your choice.

Magners Original Sessions

When: Saturday 6 September, 16:00 – midnight
Where: Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TJ
Tickets: Free but advanced registration is required

Magners are bringing their Original Sessions to Hennessey’s on what is already is packed day in Digbeth!

Along with the obligatory live music, there will be street magic, a hog roast (with Magners cider sauce, of course), cider lollies, a photo booth and much more!

Kicking off from 4pm, the acts confirmed to play include:

  • The Sunny Hill Boys
  • Rodney Branigan
  • Mario Barbarossa

For more information, visit the website or Facebook event page. To learn more about what else is happening at Hennessey’s, visit their website or follow the bar on Facebook.

Sneaks&Peaks #5

When: Saturday 6th September, 12:00 onwards
Where: Boxxed Workspace, Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: £5 VIP tickets in advance (including queue jump and free raffle); £3 on the door

Edition 5 of Sneaks&Peaks will be taking place on Saturday 6th September at Boxxed in Digbeth, coinciding with the City of Colours festival.

Once again they’ll be bringing you the hardest to find kicks and leading fashion brands, supported by street art, live music, and a host of street food vendors, courtesy of Scoff Street Food.

Taking advantage of the new look yard plus the additional secret warehouse space, this edition promises to be the biggest and best yet!

Confirmed traders on the day include:

Advanced VIP tickets are £5, which includes first entry/queue jump and free entry in to the raffle; standard entry is £3 on the door on the day. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Ward Meeting Feedback

Birmingham City Council’s Districts and Public Engagement Overview and Scrutiny Committee are undertaking a public city-wide consultation into Ward Committee Meetings.

Committee Meetings are regularly held for 40 wards across Birmingham, offering local residents the opportunity to meet with Councillors. Digbeth Residents Association regularly attends the Nechells Ward Committee, which is often held at Stanhope Hall Community Centre in neighbouring Highgate.

The Council is interested in hearing your views as to whether these meetings fulfil the needs needs of residents, or if you don’t attend, why not. Please take the time to complete this short online survey to feedback your experience of Ward Committees.

The consultation is open until the 30th September 2014; please click here for more information.