Keep Calm and Cook

When: Thursday 8th May, 19:00-21:00
Where: St Anne’s Community Hall, Alcester Street, Digbeth. B12 0PY
Tickets: £5

Reconnected is a charity that strives to develop long term partnerships between the private and third sector in order deliver essential services to the community.

They are holding a fashion sale and show right here in Digbeth to help raise the £50,000 required to establish a community training kitchen in Birmingham. The training kitchen will provide courses to develop the basic cookery skills of disadvantaged members of the community, along with teaching how to cook nutritional meals on a tight budget.

Along with a fashion show and exclusive items for sale, there will also be a raffle on the night. For tickets and further information, please email info@reconnected.org.uk or call 07796 776 391.

RoguePlay Theatre: Work Experience Placements

From May to July 2014, RoguePlay Theatre are delivering a number of two-week work experience placements for young people, enabling them to gain a Bronze or Silver Arts Award.

RoguePlay are looking to work with young people who may be more difficult to place for work experience, particularly those with hearing difficulties and physical disabilities, and have eight remaining placements.

If you would like more information about the project, or know any individuals or schools who may benefit, please email Jane English at jane@rogueplay.co.uk.

This initiative is supported by Birmingham City Council.

Grand Union – April 2014 News and Opportunities

Locke-Down on Peaky Blinders

Steven Knight, writer of Peaky Blinders, was in Birmingham last week promoting his most recent silver screen offering Locke. The film stars Tom Hardy, who has also been confirmed as joining the cast for the next series of Peaky Blinders.

We sent our roving reporters, John Gordon and Lisa Zdravkovic, to the premiere on Broad Street, who managed to walk down the red carpet at the same time as Steven and Tom! Following the screening, Steven invited Lisa and John to the after-party, where they had a good little chat.

Here’s the low-down courtesy of John:

Steven Knight exceeded expectations, and came across as affable, open, engaging and a champion of the cultural industries in Digbeth and Birmingham as a whole.

Steven was genuinely aware of the Digbeth is Good website and Digbeth Residents Association’s Peaky Blinders tours. He described The Spotted Dog as a “great little pub” before we even had the chance to invite him to join us for a drink!

I presented him with one of our coveted Digbeth is Good badges in recognition of his contribution to local culture, which he fastened to his tweed jacket and wore with pride.

Finally, Steven exclusively revealed that the second series of Peaky Blinders will feature a character called The Digbeth Kid.

We’ve included a picture of Steven wearing his DiG badge, and we’re now even more excited for the second series of Peaky Blinders!

Thanks go to John and Lisa, and we’ll keep you updated with news of Steven’s trip to The Spotted Dog.

Make sure to keep an eye out for more information about The Digbeth Kid, and we’ll be sharing details of future Peaky Tours along with planned events to coincide with the new series of Peaky Blinders here first.

One Pound Fish at Suki10c

When: every Wednesday, 19:00-00:00
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ
Entry: £1

We have a great variety of live music in Digbeth, from jazz at The Spotted Dog every Tuesday, to monthly events like Sunday Xpress at The Adam and Eve.

Well, now that traditional silent gap on a Wednesday has been filled by One Pound Fish at Suki10c!

Featuring acoustic, semi-acoustic, and full electric bands, soloists, and duos, there is bound to be something to tickle your fancy. Master of Ceremonies Boogie Dave books selected acts, but is also happy for open-mic-type shenanigans to take place.

The night last week ended with some freestyle jamming, which is just typical of the relaxed atmosphere that only an intimate venue like Suki10c can provide. And with the world-class art that adorns the walls, the £1 entry gives you the added benefit of seeing one of Birmingham’s best-kept secret galleries!

Here’s just a taster of what to expect this Wednesday from 7pm:

Blognix 2014

When: Saturday 14th June 2014, 09:30-18:00
Where: Custard Factory, Digbeth
Tickets: £50-£200 (available online)

Blognix 2014 is a blogging conference for bloggers of all genres to come together to learn new skills, make new friends and come away inspired.

The conference includes:

  • Talks from successful expert bloggers (check out the speakers page for details)
  • In-depth workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • The chance to take part in this year’s Blognix Bake-Off
  • Lunch and refreshments

For further information, visit the event website, or click here to buy your ticket.

Rea Residents Association

When: Monday 28th April, 18:30
Where: The White Swan, Bradford Street, Digbeth

Calling all Rea Court, Rea House and Rea Place residents!

Are you frustrated with the management of the Rea development? Then please join the next meeting of Rea Residents Association at the White Swan on Monday.

Rea Residents Association are partners of Digbeth Residents Association, but are focussing on a number of very specific issues at the Rea developments.

For more information, or if you are unable to make the meeting, please email rearesidents@gmail.com.

Bed Push Race at SIFA Fireside

When: Saturday 10th May 2014, 10:00-15:00
Where: SIFA Fireside, 48-52 Allcock Street, Digbeth

SIFA Fireside are holding their first ever bed push race on Saturday 10th May in Digbeth.

This is an opportunity to have fun pushing a bed on wheels up and down Allcock Street, while also raising funds for this excellent charity based right in the heart of the city.

Teams of 5-8 people are welcomed to enter the contest, and need to raise a minimum of £50 as well as a team name and fancy dress theme. Teams are encouraged to bring their own wacky bed creations, but a plain old boring bed on wheels will be available to ‘hire’ on the day.

As well as all the bed pushing shenanigans, there will be stalls selling food and drink along with arts and crafts, so this really is a great day out for all the family.

For more information, check out the SIFA Fireside website, or see the poster below.

See you there!

The Big Digbeth Clothes Swap!

When: Saturday 17th May, 12:00-17:00
Where: The Rainbow, 160 High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LD
Tickets: £3/£4 on the door

Little Miss Creative brings the The Big Digbeth Clothes Swap to the Rainbow in May.

They say that ‘swapping is the new shopping’, so bring along some unwanted (but good condition) clothing and/or shoes, and swap until you drop!

With live music, an art exhibition, the opportunity to buy from independent stalls, and 10% of the door takings being donated to Acorns Hospice, there really is no reason not to make an appearance!

For more information, check out the Facebook page.

Brum Creatives Exhibition by SmokeShow Images

When: Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th May 2014
Where: Stryx Gallery, Unit 13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Artist talks: Saturday 10th May at 14:00, and Thursday 15th May at 18:00

Birmingham Loves Photographers has launched a programme of events which will be taking place around the city from March until October 2014. One of the events taking place at Stryx in Digbeth is an exhibition of images taken by SmokeShow Images, a collaboration between photographer Ian Davies and award-winning stylist Sy Anne Taylor.

SmokeShow Images’ exhibition celebrates creatives from Birmingham, featuring portraits of local designers, artists, writers, producers and film makers, to celebrity figures such as Jasper Carrott, Patti Bell, Glynn Purnell and Brian Travers.

We’ve given you a taster of one of the images, taken of cult comedian Jasper Carrott in the Birmingham Pen Museum, but to see more, make sure you visit the exhibition from 10th May.

For more information about Birmingham Loves Photographers, visit their website or Facebook page. Click here for more information about SmokeShow, and here to visit Stryx Arts’ website.