Sunday Xpress – February 2015

When: Sunday 22 February, 16:00 onwards
Where: The Adam and Eve, Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0JD

Sunday Xpress, now in its ninth year, has been undergoing something of a renaissance of late.

Acknowledged for its anarchic and free take on open mic culture, and with strong roots in spoken word, the event has also played host to cult West Midlands acts such as Miss Halliwell and The Courtesy Group, and is growing in reputation with each event.

The event is hosted by the infamous ranting poet Brendan Higgins, best known for his “Shopping Shopping Shopping” poem. With three confirmed acts, places for the open mic are limited, so make sure to get there early if you want a go!

  • Betty and the Id
  • Big Bren’s Combo
  • Giant-Elf-Fist

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

NHWN Newsletter – February 2015

Dear members & supporters,

Please find the February 2015 edition of ‘Our News’ (the NHWN 6 weekly e-newsletter) below.

This edition includes:

Stop the Cull Afterparty

When: Saturday 21 February, 18:00 onwards
Where: The Anchor, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET

The Anchor is hosting an afterparty for the anti cull demonstration taking place next Saturday in central Birmingham. Clearly you do not have to attend the demonstration to go to the gig, where you can enjoy a number of great Birmingham bands followed by a set from DJ Christy.

Although the night is free entry, any donations received will go to Hunt Sabs. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Homeless Clean Up Digbeth

Digbeth-based charity SIFA Fireside offers its clients opportunities to volunteer, and this latest venture sees them give straight back to the community.

Armed with litter picking equipment (funded from Proceeds of Crime), a team of SIFA’s clients headed out to Digbeth to collect any rubbish they could find. They certainly didn’t struggle, collecting ten bags of litter in one session!

A team will be going out on a regular basis to clean up our streets, which not only will improve the local environment here in Digbeth, but will also promote a positive relationship between the area and the homeless people who pass through it.

It is hoped that by volunteering, clients of SIFA Fireside can demonstrate their work ethic, as well as boost their confidence and commitment to returning to paid employment.

If you’d like to support SIFA Fireside, you can donate either £5 or £10 by texting ‘SIFA05 £5’ or ‘SIFA05 £10’ to 70070. £5 can help buy a hot meal for four people, tea for 100 people every day for a week or five woolly hats for rough sleepers. Likewise, £10 could buy 26 tins of soup, ingredients for the weekly cookery lesson, or 20 bottles of shampoo.

For more information, visit the SIFA Fireside website.

International Mother Language Day

When: Saturday 21 February, 11:00-15:00
Where: Room 101, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, B1 2ND
Tickets: from £3.50

With Digbeth being a melting pot of languages, cultures and cuisines, this event at The Library of Birmingham could be of interest to our readers.

International Mother Language Day will be celebrated next Saturday with a variety of creative group activities designed to develop cross-community awareness and understanding.

For more information, visit the website or see the flier below:

Eastside Projects – February 2015 Events

Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

See the February events poster for Eastside Projects below; for more information, visit the gallery website.

Table for one?

When: Saturday 14 February, 19:30
Where: Muthers Studio, 14 Rea Street South, Digbeth, B5 6LB
Tickets: £5 on the door

Valentine’s day is approaching, so I’m sure you’re all wondering what to do. Be you single or loved up, it is the day that I’m sure causes more stress than any other in the Hallmark calendar.

Never fear – DIE DAS DER will save you! Share your love of four great bands at Muthers Studio this Saturday:

  • Ghosts of Dead Airplanes - fresh from their tour with indie-pop legends Bis, GODA play their first home gig of 2015.
  • Cassels - you’ve heard about them, now you’ve got a chance to come and hear them.
  • Enquiry - kicking with 2015 with a brand new EP to be launched very soon.
  • Repeat Of Last Week - making their debut on the stages of, well, anywhere – fired like an arrow of angular sound straight from the bow of Eros.

The night will also feature the launch of the DIE DAS DER First Anniversary Compilation Annus Mirabilis. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Centrala – February 2015 Events

‘Breathalysed-on-entry’ Police Scheme

Selected Digbeth venues have signed up a to the Breathalysed-on-entry scheme recently launched by West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council.

The scheme arms door staff with Alco-Blow detectors which can measure alcohol when breathed into from a few inches. The detectors can also help determine if revellers are disguising alcohol in a soft drink bottle.

Central Birmingham Police Sergeant Dave Francis, said: “In recent years we’ve seen an explosion in pre-loading culture when people come into the city centre already drunk. Obviously, heavily drunk people are a danger to themselves and more likely to get involved in alcohol-related crime and disorder.”

Door staff will collect age and gender information when using the Alco-Blow detectors to provide a clearer picture of the types of people drinking to excess. It is hoped this data will inform new policing strategies to reduce alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and crime.

For more information, please visit the West Midlands Police website.

Harrison Drape Redevelopment

Work has began on turning the former Harrison Drape curtain factory on Bradford Street into over 300 new homes, complete with parking and a retail unit.

Image: Birmingham Post

It is great to see action on the site, which has been earmarked for redevelopment for a number of years. Previous projects had stalled, so we hope for Digbeth’s sake, this one will come to fruition.

We look forward to welcoming new neighbours to Digbeth by the end of 2016, when the site is due for completion. With the developers planning to maintain as many of the original features as possible, the Harrison Drape building has all the signs of being a sympathetic and successful development.

Image: Birmingham Post

Click here to read more and see the full gallery of pictures on the Birmingham Post website.