Aerialist Showcase

When: Tuesday 1st July, 19:00-20:30 (doors open at 18:30)
Where: Unit 8, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
Tickets: £3 on the door

RoguePlay have run a series of classes from their studio space in Digbeth since January 2013, and have therefore decided it was time to allow their alumni to show-off their skills to the public!

Classes have no real age limits, so RoguePlay’s students age from 11 up to 50 and beyond, mastering skills from silks to trapeze and working with hoops all while dangling in mid-air.

As well as the aerialist showcase being a great opportunity to see what training in circus skills entails, if you are thinking of joining a class, you can watch RoguePlay’s team perform on television this evening! Tune in to 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown from 9pm today (Friday 27th June) to see the team in action!

This event will be raising money for stage curtains (more information here), so along with the performance, there will also be a raffle to win free classes and training.

For more information, visit the RoguePlay website or follow them on Twitter (@_RoguePlay)

We hope you can make it along to support RoguePlay and our talented aerialist performers!

Mid-Lands @StryxArts

Opening: Thursday 26 June, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition continues: Thursdays-Saturdays until 19 July, 12:00-15:00
Where: Unit 13, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Stryx is an artist-led studio, project and exhibition space based in Minerva Works.

Since its formation in 2012 by graduates of fine art, Stryx has been working to initiate and develop regional and national artistic collaborations with the aim of creating an accessible and vibrant network of ideas and practices.

Their newest exhibition opens this evening, and it promises to be the best yet; em>Mid-Lands is a group exhibition of Midlands-based artists that were all born outside of the UK.

For more information, see the flyer below or visit the Facebook event page.

Help Protect Yourself – New Dates!

When: Wednesday 2nd July 2014, and Wednesday 3rd September 2014, 17:30-18:30
Where: Pat Benson Boxing Academy, Unit 2, 50 Adderley St, Digbeth, B9 4ED
Tickets: Free (available online here)

The Digbeth neighbourhood police team have announced new dates for their hugely successful Help Protect Yourself sessions.

The participatory sessions, where a trained professional will showcase basic self-defence techniques and share tips on personal safety, are completely free to attend and will be held at Pat Benson boxing academy right here in Digbeth.

Click here for more information and to book your placebooking is essential.

Warwick Bar Summer Fete 2014

When: Saturday 26 July, 12:00-18:00
Where: Warwick Bar, Fazeley Street, Digbeth

Warwick Bar‘s annual Summer Fete, a free event for all the family by the canal, returns to Digbeth from noon on Saturday 26th July. Click here to see pictures from last year’s offering.

With contributions from Edible Eastside, Vivid Projects, Harris Moore Canvases, Grand Union, Stryx and many more, it promises to be even bigger and better than last year! We’ll be releasing further details about the activities to expect soon, but in the meantime, our friends at Warwick Bar are looking for volunteers to help with the event:

We are looking for volunteers to help set-up and steward the Warwick Bar Summer Fete. We’re asking for no more than four hours of your time, so you still have the chance to enjoy the event. All volunteers will receive a free lunch.

If you are interested and able to help, please contact Yvonne Carmichael ( with your availability for the day.

There will be a short meeting for all volunteers on Tuesday 15th July at 17:30 at K4 architects, 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth.

Naturally, Digbeth Residents Association will be at the event in force, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

The Warwick Bar Summer Fete 2013

Sunday Xpress’ Hearing Aid

When: Sunday 29th June, 16:00 onwards
Where: The Adam & Eve, Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0JD

The ever-evolving Sunday Xpress just seems to get better and better. Now in it’s eighth year, we’re always hearing great things about this ‘anything goes’ event, featuring open mic sessions as well as booked live music, spoken word and poetry, and even interpretative dance!

Sunday Xpress is a free event open to all, and the Adam & Eve even supply free nibbles to keep those stomachs quiet. Last month’s event was reviewed and well-received by Daron Bilings from The Hearing Aid, and this month promises to be even better!

The next Sunday Xpress event takes place this Sunday, 29th June, headlined by the Supercilious Ms T. For more information, join the Facebook group, or click here to see the Facebook event page.

NHWN Newsletter – June 2014

Dear members & supporters,

Please find the June 2014 edition of ‘Our News’ (the NHWN 6 weekly e-newsletter) below.

This edition includes:

Digbeth Social Enterprise Market

When: Friday 27th June 2014, 10:00-14:00
Where: Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ

Change the world next Friday, by buying from social enterprise!

Digbeth was announced as the UK’s first Social Enterprise Quarter in 2013, and since then local entrepreneurs have been doing us proud. Social Enterprises are businesses that support local people by providing employment and training opportunities, and by pouring any surpluses back into their local communities.

iSE’s Social Enterprise Market will include:

  • Vegan delights, tasty cakes, breads, jams and chutneys, and South African street food
  • Gifts, plants, flowers, soft furnishings, t-shirts and mugs
  • Health checks

For more information, contact Marija on 0121 771 1411 or

Mockingbird Theatre

The Custard Factory’s cinema is getting a new lease of life with the Mockingbird Theatre officially launching on Saturday 12th July!

Showcasing a mix of established and new artists, from original works in film to ground-breaking plays and live comedy nights, the 101-seat venue will offer an intimate atmosphere. In addition, the adjoining Mockingbird Bar will screen locally-produced short film, animation, music and art to promote the region’s talent, as well as offering specialist fine liquors and unusual beers and ales.

Upcoming pre-launch events include:

Wednesday, 25th June
Custard Pie: Battle of the Comedians
Ten comedians fight to stay on the stage before the audience decides their time is up!

Saturday, 28th June
Korean Film Festival
Birmingham’s first Korean Film Festival, with two big screen film showings plus guest speakers, music and activities throughout the day.

Wednesday, 2nd July
Dave Twentyman
Comedy Hut presents Dave Twentyman.

Friday, 5th July
Over the Fence
International film festival on tour from Perth, Australia. Featuring comedy shorts, including Birmingham-made Titanic Love.

To keep up to date with developments at the Mockingbird, visit their website, Facebook or Twitter.

A Diffuse Citizen – Artist’s Talk

When: Tuesday 24 June 2014, 18:00-20:00
Where: Grand Union, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digebth, B5 5RS

Grand Union is proud to present artist Holly Antrum’s first solo exhibition, A Diffuse Citizen.

Working in a combination of 16mm and digital film and printmaking, Antrum’s attention swings between the operational life of making new images, and their near obsolescence, claiming the useful pace of each technology to form narratives. She draws upon itinerant ‘sub practices’ and interests behind these mediums, capitalising on elements that are both scattered and hybrid, chance or personal.

Next Tuesday, Grand Union will host an artist’s talk where Holly Antrum will discuss her new work with Charmian Griffin, who is Digital Producer for Artangel, teaches art criticism at Central Saint Martins and writes on art and technology.

For more information on the talk, please visit the Grand Union website. Holly Antrum’s exhibition continues until 26th July 2014.

Image: Film Image composite from Catalogue, Holly Antrum (2013)

Apple Pie House

Where: Apple Pie House, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-18:00; Sundays, 11:00-17:00

Apple Pie House is a long-established teddy bear and doll shop in Gloucester, which has recently opened a second showroom in the Custard Factory in Digbeth.

Specialising in classic and collectable bears, Apple Pie House really care about each individual item, stocking brands such as R John Wright, Steiff, Charlie Bears, Isabelle Collection, Dean’s, Deb Canham, and Artist bears.

The team have curated a Bright and Breezy collection of bears for summer 2014; view them all on their website here.

For more information, visit the Apple Pie House website, their Facebook page, or sign up for their newsletter here.

A selection of bears from Apple Pie House