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Edible Eastside Expansion

Edible Eastside first came to Digbeth three years ago, but 2015 is when we will hopefully see some major growth.

There are plans to establish a commercial kitchen and learning space in a back room of 122 Fazeley Street (k4 architects offices). This will help realise the aim of having a working kitchen alongside the garden, which now supplies high-end niche ingredients to Michelin-starred chefs in the city. Edible Eastside also has good working relationships with BCU, Hotel La Tour, and various artists in the extended community.

Edible Eastside also hopes to expand along the Persimmon Strip (a narrow piece of land just next to the canal entrance on Fazeley Street) with a poly-tunnel to increase growing capability. The vision is that by 2016 the Kitchen cooking school will relocate to Digbeth, completing the ‘farm to fork’ circle.

There will also be the introduction of new levels of membership to increase those using the space too. The proposed levels are key holders, plot holders and Veg-Box VIPs (where food is grown for you). As strategic partners, Digbeth Residents Association has supported Edible Eastside’s planning application; we wish them luck and continued success!

For more information, visit the new Edible Eastside website.

Digbeth First Friday – May 2015

Digbeth First Friday celebrates its first birthday today!

To coincide with their first anniversary, DFF will be launching the Paying Artists campaign – keep an eye out for information distributed around the Digbeth First Friday venues.

Join the fun by exploring exhibitions, discovering the eclectic array of food on offer, and joining performances – there’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy:

Pop-up Waste Food Café
Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, B5 5PG

The Real Junkfood Project offer delicious meals and snacks made using food that would otherwise have been discarded on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.

Go Wild in The City
Edible Eastside, 122 Fazeley Street B5 5RS

Edible Eastside present an evening of story, music, food, talks and activities, designed to create a connection between people and wild places. BCU Students will be serving food (BBQ) and drinks from their Eco van with the usual Edible Eastside bonhomie.

“I’ll Bring You Flowers”: The Story So Far
Centrala, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

This exhibition presents work by collective practice ‘They Are Here’ who in 2012 answered a classified ad in Russian language newspaper Angliya. It translated as: “Everyone needs to eat and occasionally present flowers. For both you need money. With no job, no money. Help me find a job and you’ll be presented flowers.”

Aideen Doran: Im Bau
Grand Union, Unit 19, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Late night opening of research lab Im Bau by Glasgow based artist Aideen Doran. Pay bar open until 8pm.

Stryx, Unit 13, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Open studios of the feminist residency artists: Lucy Hutchinson, Emily Mulenga, Demi Nandhra with live music From DJ Westernra.

HFWAS, Unit 9 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

What is performance? When did it start? Was it serendipitous? A night of telling stories and singing songs.

First Friday Lounge Bar
The Bond Café Gallery, 180-182 Fazeley Street, B5 5SE

Treat yourself to a well-earned rest during your First Friday experience. With a wide choice of drinks and bar snacks, enjoy the gallery’s latest exhibition to a soundtrack of jazz and blues tunes.

First Friday Frolics
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH

Artists on The Edge present an evening of wondrous variety. Expect more weird performances with enigmatic characters, accompanied by Albert’s delicious recipes, washed down with cocktail cures.

April 2015 Meeting

When: Monday 13th April, 18:00 onwards
Where: Old Crown Restaurant, High Street Deritend, Digbeth

The next meeting of Digbeth Residents Association will take place on Monday 13th April at 18:00 in the Old Crown on Digbeth High Street.

This meeting will feature an update on activity from the committee, along with a brief overview of changes taking place at Edible Eastside. Documents for the meeting can be accessed below:

If you have any questions ahead of the meeting or would like to submit apologies, please do email

We look forward to seeing you!

Digbeth Canal Lengthsman

Our readers may have noticed the appearance of two narrow boats along the Grand Union Canal at Minerva Works; after living on narrowboats for over ten years, Alison Tuck and Louise Moore have moved to Digbeth. As well as running Harris Moore Canvases, Louise is a member of the Guild of Waterway Artists specialising in paintings of the Birmingham Canal Network, and Alison runs her business, Da Vinci Crafts from one of the two boats.

Plenty of people use the canal, including cyclists, walkers, and families at the weekends, but Louise and Alison wanted to make the area more welcoming and less threatening. Their presence seems to have reduced the amount of anti-social behaviour, which was becoming an increasing problem, but they haven’t stopped there: Alison has been a Canal and River Trust volunteer and has taken it upon herself to become a guardian of the Digbeth stretch of canal.

Known as lengthsmen, the pair have been using their spare time to collect litter and undertake general gardening and improvements along their length of canal: from the bridge access on Great Barr Street to the Warwick Bar Junction, and the shorter stretch from the start of Ashsted Tunnel to Typhoo Basin.

They are currently working on the seating area by Fazeley Street Bridge where they would like to add wire bins with clear plastic bin bags to help tackle the litter problem. If any readers know of bins that could be donated we would be incredibly grateful. They then hope to move onto seating area opposite the Banana Warehouse, where they’d like to reinstate the notice board and create a pleasant spot to sit and look over the flora and fauna at Edible Eastside.

Future plans include repainting the locks, notice boards and handrails, and extending their lengthsman area up towards Camp Hill locks.

We’ve included some before and after photos to show what has been achieved so far, but Louise and Alison would always welcome any extra helping hands! If you would like to get in touch, please join the Facebook group or email Alision at

We think the ladies have done an outstanding job and are helping to make Digbeth a much better place to live, work or visit. Long may it continue and who knows, we may soon have more narrowboat neighbours along the canal!

Digbeth First Friday – August 2014

When: Friday 1 August, 17:00 until late
Where: Various venues across Digbeth

This week sees the return of Digbeth First Friday, featuring late night exhibition openings, special events, culture in unexpected places, live music, street food and much more:

  • Drop in to Eastside Projects for a ‘creative spa’ session with artist collective Mexico, where participants can reflect, forecast and make plans for the future. Fresh smoothies will be available for the duration of the evening. (18:30–20:30)
  • Flatpack Film Festival converts Edible Eastside’s canalside garden into an al fresco cinema, serving hot dogs and beer, and screening one of the finest – and strangest – movies of the 1980s: Alex Cox’s LA punk sci-­fi classic Repo Man (20:30–23:30)
  • Andy Holden and his band The Grubby Mitts are touring the UK performing only at artist‐run spaces; on Friday they arrive at Grand Union with special guest, Bobbie-­Jane Gardner, to perform a brand new composition. (19:00-23:00)
  • Visit Centrala, the new project space set up by PEA at Minerva Works, for a second chance to watch selected videos from their recent Points of View video screenings weekend. (18:00-21:00)
  • Take a trip to The Bond for an evening of summer fun with craft beer, whisky, summer punch, BBQ food and live acoustic music, alongside an exhibition preview of Impressions of Nature by printmakers Emma Hardicker and Stef Mitchell. (17:00-23:00)
  • Join Eastside Studios for a behind the scenes peek of what their artists are currently working on at this open studio style event. (17:00-20:00)
  • Members of the public are invited to print their own Public Information Notice to be left for display at A3 Project Space or to take away. If you could pass on one vital piece of information to the public, what would it be? (18:00-20:00)
  • Black Hole Club and Stryx are delighted to invite you to Between Two Worlds, a collaboration hosted by Vivid Projects, incorporating set design, projections, dictaphones, optical illusions, forests, wallpaper, sound installations, things indoors that should be outdoors, scraping noises, and cinematic soundtracks, all loosely inspired by the TV show.
  • Birmingham-born producer Kouben will be launching his specially-selected mixtape On Another Planet at Provide in the Custard Factory. Original artwork t-shirts will be available alongside the cassettes, in limited editions of 50, to purchase at the launch party. (18:00-21:00)

Gavin Wade, Director of Eastside Projects said:

Digbeth First Friday continues to go from strength to strength each month. The wide range of local businesses and arts organisations making it happen, mean there’s something on offer to suite everyone’s taste. It’s a fun, action packed night out full of unusual events and exhibitions, that builds on Digbeth’s reputation as Birmingham’s best destination for great independent culture.

Learn more about other events happening on the Digbeth First Friday website.

Upcoming events at Grand Union

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

Digbeth First Friday – July 2014

When: Friday 4th July, 17:00-late
Where: Various venues across Digbeth

Digbeth First Friday returns this week, celebrating independence with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected places, live music, street food and more.

First Friday offers variety, mystery and quality with a plethora of activity:

  • Join The Bond Co for an evening of summer fun with craft beer, whisky, summer punch, BBQ food and fabulous live acoustic music (17:00-23:00)
  • A3 Projects presents Record Player Orchestra and Sellotape Cinema at Vivid Projects.
    Experiment with playing a record player as a musical instrument and create Kaleidoscopic visuals with electric and mechanical devices made by Sellotape Cinema! The drop-in workshop runs from 6pm followed by a live performance at 8pm (18:00-21:30)
  • A3 Projects also host an exhibition of Oliver Jones’ work, entitled Love The Skin You’re Insee more at the Birmingham Post website(18:00-20:00)
  • Join Grand Union for their annual Open Studios event, giving you the chance to peek behind the scenes and see what their artists are currently working on. They’ll also be keeping their Gallery doors open until 8pm, giving you another opportunity to see A Diffuse Citizen by Holly Antrum.
  • Eastside Projects opens late with two new exhibitions: Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society by Grace Schwindt and Pleasure, Devotion, Balance presented by Mexico in the second gallery (18:00-21:00)
  • Stryx presents a group exhibition featuring 11 Midlands-based artists who were born outside of the UK. Their work explores themes of language, identity, culture and origin (18:00-21:00)
  • A 50th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove on The Giant Screen at Millennium Point (19:30-21:15)
  • Flatpack Film Festival converts Edible Eastside’s canalside garden into an al fresco cinema, serving hot dogs and beer and screening one of the finest – and strangest – movies of the 1980s: Alex Cox’s LA punk sci-fi classic REPO MAN (20:30-23:30)
  • Friction Arts presents a selection of side-splitting short films by Brummies, about Brum, with performance interludes from Friction’s Fabarray Crew at The Edge as part of the two-day international short film festival, Over The Fence (18:30-21:30)
  • The Cobalt Blue Contemporary Arts presents United States of Art – an exhibition of visual, performance and installation art at The Lakeside Gallery, Custard Factory (12:00-22:00)

Remember to pick up a Disloyalty Card and collect stamps from ten different participating venues to trade for treats!

For more information and to join in, visit the Digbeth First Friday website.

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

Digbeth First Friday – June 2014

When: Friday 6th June 2014, 17:00 onwards
Where: Various locations around Digbeth

Digbeth First Friday returns next week with a whole host of artistic entertainment and a fab soundtrack, all accompanied by delicious food courtesy of Digbeth Dining Club:

  • Celebrate Digbeth First Friday with a special ale brewed just for the occasion. The Anchor Inn has produced First Friday Pale, only available on Digbeth First Fridays – served until midnight.
  • Dress up and join Vivid Projects for a Superstyling party to launch a month-long season of exhibition, provocations and events celebrating the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies aka the Birmingham School – 6–10pm.
  • Go First Friday Racing at Teamworks Karting Birmingham for just £5 from 5–8pm.
  • Visit Stryx, as they host the CG Associates in Residence and explore the dialogues which arise through creative activity from 7–9pm.
  • Join Grand Union for the opening of Holly Antrum’s first solo exhibition “A Diffuse Citizen”, which draws from the practices and interests of people around her, most recently through her collaboration with 93 year old artist Jennifer Pike – 6–8pm.
  • Visit The Bond as they host a Summer Fun evening with a Craft Beer Bar from Birmingham Beer Bash, a Whisky Tasting Bar from the Whisky Festival, and an outdoor barbecue in their covered courtyard with Live Music and site-specific art from 5–10pm.
  • Explore Edible Eastside’s mini-market selling bread, plants and pizzas, and catch the collaborative artists project The Shaun Ryder Beermat Show and the site specific work The Valency of Four from 5-9pm.
  • Turn your day upside down at a late night opening of Bill Drummond’s exhibition at Eastside Projects with tea and toast topped with marmalade, made by the musician-turned-artist, 6–8pm.
  • Visit independent retailer Provide for locally-inspired streetwear, independent magazines and books alongside a chance to see Madin: Some Remains, a photography exhibition until 8pm.
  • See Colbalt Blue Arts for studio tours and artist networking, meet in the Custard Factory reception at 6, 7 and 8pm.
  • Join The RC Theatre Group for Roxie’s Confession, a one night musical extravaganza featuring all your musical theatre favourites with proceeds going to charity – 7:30–10:30pm.
  • Visit A3 Project Space to see Clare Thornton’s micro-residency Going Down to Barry’s from 6–8pm.
  • Round off Digbeth First Friday at Friction Arts as Psychedelic Psinema comes to the Edge with a bizarro mixture of weird shorts and a feature from cinema’s weird attic from 9pm–1am.

To whet your appetites, you can read Richard Johnson’s review of last month’s streetfood offering, and see other highlights from May below: