The Bean Stall

Those of you frequenting Digbeth may have noticed The Bean Stall popping up all over the place.

Richard Hunter-Rice, who runs his artisan coffee stall out of a vintage truck, has loved supporting events such as the launch of summer at Eastside City Park back in May, and he hopes to become a regular to our little patch of Birmingham.

To gain more of an idea about Richard’s service, visit the gallery page on his website here. For more information about The Bean Stall, you can contact Richard by email on or by calling 07772 721 291.

YR Welcome, Birmingham

When: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August 2014, 15:00 until late
Where: The Wagon and Horses, 28 Adderley St, Digbeth, B9 4ED
Tickets: £7.50 day ticket or £10 weekend ticket (available online here)

Creative collective DIE DAS DER have released details of their inaugural two day festival, which will be held at The Wagon and Horses in Digbeth on 9 and 10 August.

YR Welcome, Birmingham will feature 24 acts across two stages over two days, followed by DJs into the small hours. Audiences should expect the highest calibre of noise that the second city has to offer, along with plenty of surprises thrown in for good measure.

As well as giving audible pleasure, the event will also be giving back to the wider community; Digbeth’s SIFA Fireside is YR Welcome, Birmingham‘s nominated charity.

The first wave of acts to be announced include Slaves, Table Scraps, Wax Futures, Anima, Ions, Ghosts of Dead Airplanes, Fauxchisels and Adore. Further acts will be announced at regular intervals; follow DIE DAS DER on Twitter for updates.

For more information about the festival, and to buy tickets, visit the collective’s Facebook page.

Bicycle Basket Bazaar at the Warwick Bar Summer Fete‏

When: Saturday 26 July 2014, 12:00-18:00
Where: Edible Eastside, 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Artists, makers and vendors are invited to bring along their bikes and their wares to the Bicycle Basket Bazaar (BBB), taking place at Edible Eastside as part of the Warwick Bar Summer Fete.

BBB is a celebration of bicycles as well as products, so be prepared for some creative space uses; small crates and boxes are allowed to display goods, but tables are a definite no.

Handmade, homemade, vintage, collectibles, and upcycled items will be available to peruse and buy, and bikes may be used for artist projects and performances.

Bicycle Basket Bazaar Rules
Allowed: Handmade, home made, upcycled vintage and collectibles, interesting projects, good cheer, rays of sunshine.
Goods Not Allowed: Livestock, poison, new goods (bought in products), bad news, dark clouds.

For more information or if you’d like to take part in BBB, please send an idea of what you’d like to sell or do with your bike to Trevor Pitt at

NHWN Newsletter – July 2014

Dear members & supporters,

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

This edition includes:

Inside Curzon Street Station

We recently sent Digbeth’s official photographer (in our eyes at least), Lisa Zdravkovic into the depths of Curzon Street Station as it was opened for the Hidden Spaces exhibition.

Below is a taster of what she found:

To see more of Lisa’s photographs, please click here to visit her blog, Me, my camera and my eyes…

BBC pledge to invest further in Birmingham

At the latest Birmingham Day in the Commons, which this time focussed on creative industries, the BBC admitted that they may have “neglected” Birmingham in the past.

However, Tommy Nagra, Head of Business Development for BBC Birmingham, is determined to change this. He spoke at the event highlighting a series of investments including the creation of the Guerrilla Group in Digbeth.

Mr Nagra also reaffirmed May’s announcement that the BBC Academy will move to Birmingham in 2015, alongside the BBC’s human resources and internal communications departments.

BBC Birmingham will become a centre of excellence for skills, talent and digital innovation in the heart of the country.

We hope that some of the economic benefits derived from the BBC’s moves into Birmingham will be felt in Digbeth. However, the likelihood is that most of the functions and staff will be housed in the existing BBC Birmingham offices in the Mailbox, which are currently not operating to capacity.

Although this is a positive announcement overall for the city, we’ll have to wait and see what effect it has on the creative industries, and Digbeth in particular.

Drum Together Brum

When: Sunday 13th July, 11:00-14:00
Where: PST Club, Lombard Street, Digbeth

This Sunday, Drum Together Brum and PST Club come together to take over the Digbeth with a fun and noisy street party.

With interactive music workshops, Lombard Street will come alive in a wash of colour and beats, in a free event for all the family.

For more information, see the flyer below.

Plans submitted for Ladbrooke House

Ladbrooke House. Image: Birmingham Mail

Serena Hotel has submitted proposals to build a 40-bedroom four or five-star hotel at Ladbrooke House, Digbeth, complete with a swimming pool, gym and spa.

The Grade B and locally-listed building, on the corner of Bordesley Street and Oxford Street, has most recently been used by Birmingham City Council, but is in need of renovation.

The proposals for the building also include a 250-person banqueting suite, as well as a bar and restaurant. Serena Hotel admits that the impending arrival of the HS2 terminus to Digbeth was taken into account in the plans. We’d expect that the Beorma Quarter development also had a part to play in their decision.

The proposals include a double-storey side extension and the addition of a light well, with estimations of it taking a year to be completed.

Click the images to read more from the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail.

Artist's impression of the 40-bedroom Serena Hotel in Digbeth which would use the existing listed Ladbrooke House. Image: Birmingham Post.

Reggae City 2014

When: Saturday 12th July, 21:00 onwards
Where: Alfie Birds, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: Free entry before 22:00, £5 after

Reggae City returns to Digbeth for its fourth outing, this time at a new home – Alfie Birds.

Jibbering All-Stars will play at Alfie Birds, with Reggae City local legends taking over the Oobleck, live bands, lyricists and DJs will bring the island vibes.

Camp out poolside and enjoy the sweet sounds with a wood fired pizza or jerk BBQ. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Community Newswire

Aspire4u‘s latest programme, Community Newswire, is offering people aged 18-30 free media training. Sign up to learn skills such as:

  • Broadcast journalism training
  • Business start-up training
  • Presentation skills training
  • Event management training
  • Sponsorship training

As part of the project you will also have the opportunity to express your views on issues that matter to YOU as a young person living in Birmingham!

In addition, Aspire4u is looking for 20 young professionals (aged 25–35) from Birmingham to feature in a series of short videos about role models in Birmingham. Have you overcome a great obstacle in life? Have you done something inspiring? Are you considered a role model? Then share your stories as part of the Community Newswire project!

For more information, and to get involved, email, call 0121 622 3603, or follow @aspire4ucic on Twitter.