We Strike Tonight

When: Friday 5 February 2016, 18:00-20:30
Where: Millennium Point Atrium (ground floor), Curzon Street, Digbeth, B4 7XG

Millennium Point have created a new Atrium Wall, handily located in the atrium, which over the coming months will host installations from local artists and creatives.

Birmingham-based street artist Liskbot, whose robots pepper the walls of Digbeth, is currently using the space for his first solo exhibition, WE STRIKE TONIGHT. On display until Tuesday 16th February, the exhibition draws on trademark influences of Birmingham’s dying industries, pop culture and science fiction to present the idea of a robot dominated world.

Although the exhibition is open daily, you can join Liskbot at Millenium Point tonight for a special Digbeth First Friday event: “Start your weekend off by coming down to see what me and my robots have been up to over the winter holidays. Get a free drink and tremble in the presence of robots’ illustrated plans of world conquest. Oh, and buy yourself a print. So you can say to others you saw the world’s end before it happens.”

For more information, visit the First Friday website.

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Brum Radio

Brum Radio is Birmingham’s newest radio station, broadcasting a mix of music, arts and conversation online 24/7. Based at the Warehouse (Birmingham Friends of the Earth) in Digbeth, the station launches fully this month – see here for more information about the party.

Since it is independent, Brum Radio offers a different approach to radio with presenters ranging from DJs to comedians, local voices to musicians. The station has the freedom to schedule radio programming that is made specifically for Birmingham, offering a viable alternative to mainstream media.

Just one of the local voices is David Massey of #BrumHour, who now has a weekly show on Brum Radio. The station is currently on the lookout for producers for evening shows and show sponsors; contact studio@brumradio.com for more information.

Visit the Brum Radio website to learn more and to listen live now.

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The Marker in Digbeth

Shooting is underway in Digbeth for The Marker, a film starring Frederick Schmidt, Ana Uluru, and John Hannah.

Writer-director Justin Edgar’s fourth film is a low-budget noir thriller about a criminal seeking redemption by tracking down the daughter of the woman he killed. Along the way he is haunted by his guilt in the guise of the woman’s ghost.

Justin said: “I am delighted to be working with the amazing cast we have assembled and with such great and supportive backers who have decided to join us on this dark journey.”

The film’s script has been described as “powerful, original and atmospheric” – and that certainly comes across in the behind-the-scenes images we have seen so far!

If you’d like to know more, follow @TheMarkerFilm on Twitter to see daily updates!

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Your New Mockingbird Bar and Bistro

When: Monday-Saturday, 11:00-23:00
Where: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

So you will no doubt be already aware that the Mockingbird is open and thriving again, but did you know that they have recently refreshed their menu? Click on the image for a larger version.

The flavour of the Mockingbird is distinctly southern American, featuring bistro-style dishes and a selection of burgers – many suitable for vegetarians and vegans too. With a focus on fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced produce, the service is fast and the food is delicious to boot!

Along with the great and reasonably-priced menu (seriously – starters are all £5 and the most expensive main is the steak at £11), the Mockingbird has a fantastic selection of craft beers and cocktails. Oh, and as well as the bar, and the bistro, there is also a 101-seat cinema and theatre space!

I dined with fellow carnivores, enjoying the NY Strip Steak, Mockingburger, and the signature Buttermilk Fried Chicken. The steak was juicy, cooked to perfection and more than enough to feed my appetite!

The burger. What can I say about the Mockingburger? Just look at it. Look at that deliciousness of a burger, with the obligatory avocado and topped-off with a ready-to-burst fried egg. Heaven. And the seasoned fries it comes with are seriously addictive. The buttermilk chicken is fabulously crunchy, with an equally amazing slaw, all served on a tray so you can take your food with you into the theatre if you’re enjoying a show.

Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for regular events taking place at the Mockingbird (Mystery Movie Tuesdays, and Mock The Flock comedy on Wednesdays), and we’ll of course keep you in the loop with any special goings-on and offers.

See you at the bar!

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Digbeth First Friday – February 2016

When: Friday 5 February 2016, 17:00 until late
Where: various locations across Digbeth

Digbeth First Friday returns this week following a new year hiatus, and it’s back with a bang! Check out the website for all the events taking place, including:

Launch of AV Silk Road, 19:00–22:00
Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Leon Trimble presents a BYOB style party of massed projection to launch the Birmingham chapter of the AV Silk Road.
This is an open call event: BYOB stands for Bring Your Own Beamer, so just turn up on the night with your piece of kit and work of choice, plug in and beam!
More information

Precarity Centre Opening, 18:00-20:00
Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

This launch event features durational audio-visual performance by Pouya Ehsaei, tarot card readings from Rosalie Schweiker, stop frame animation by Helene Kazan and installation by Ioanna Pantazopoulou. #precaritycentre
More information

UnPublic Works, 18:00-20:00
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR

Come in from the cold for a late night viewing of Duck Weave by Richard Woods and a very special performance by C100.
More information

Bourn, 18:00-20:30
Stryx, Unit 13, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

For February DFF, Stryx are delighted to present Bourn, the resulting exhibition of a new curatorial collaboration with Midlands-based collective OVUM (comprising artists Molly Cleaver, Markus Perks, Samuel Radcliffe and Jack Solomon Smith).
More information



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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Sunday 31st January
Sunday Xpress at Friction Arts
78-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH
Free entry

Barry Bling and the Orchestra of Chaos
Citizen X
Big Bren’s Combo
…and more

Tuesday 2nd February
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Thursday 4th February
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Saturday 6th February
The Rainbow
£5 advance

False Pretence
Shore Scene
Charles Dexter Ward & The Imagineers
Dusty Buttons
Deny All Robots

Sunday 7th February
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Sunday Classics
Presenting a range of young stars of the future from the classical world, ranging from opera singers to violinists to harpists at the very start of their careers… Be early to get a seat.

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Digbeth Residents AGM Announcement

DRA LogoWhen: Monday 8 February 2016, 18:00-19:30
Where: The Old Crown Restaurant, High Street Digbeth, B12 0LD

Digbeth Residents Association invite you to their 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held on Monday 8 February at the Old Crown.

Please see documents for the meeting below:

If you have any questions or would like to nominate yourself for one of the committee positions, please email Pam on contact@mydigbeth.co.uk.

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BIHG – The Sligo Masters

When: Wednesday 3rd February, 19:00
Where: Connaught Bar, Irish Centre Birmingham, High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LN
Free entry and refreshments

For their next meeting, Birmingham Irish Heritage Group (BIHG) presents The Sligo Masters – a film and talk by historian Martin Enright.

Sligo Masters is the story three Sligo musicians who emigrated to New York in the 1920s. The film brilliantly tracks the contribution these three musicians made to world music, as well as their stories of emigration which will resonate with any person who has left their home to live in a foreign country.

The stories of Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran, and James Morrison, are entwined as they came from the same county and emigrated to New York around the same era, but are very different tales.

The evening will also feature entertainment from the current All-Ireland champion accordion player Daithe Gormley. Living and working in Sligo, Daithe’s research greatly assisted the production of Sligo Masters; come along to enjoy his world-class champion musicianship.

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This is Well Street

When: Friday 5th February
Where: Stryx, Unit 13 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Ed Wakefield is an artist interested in appropriating history and historical figures, creating narratives peopled with eccentric characters in amusing scenarios. Through humour he not only hopes to build a bridge between himself and his audience, but also into the past itself.

This is Well Street is a performance based on a photograph of drunken revellers in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 2015. Drawing comparisons to Renaissance masterpieces and the Golden Mean, the viral image below will be recreated by Ed in a live performance at Stryx this coming Digbeth First Friday.

Members of the audience are invited to participate in the boozy mis-en-scene while Ed recites a poem in the role of the man in blue reaching for his bottle. Timeless. If you would like to volunteer to take part in the performance, please email Stryx at stryxarts@gmail.com.

Ed said: “I originally herald from Manchester and this image just brought back a lot of memories of the bedlam that occurs on a nightly basis. Every once in a while, however, a gem appears like the image above; a crystallisation of alcohol, swagger and illegality that echoes a Hogarth etching.”

For more information about Digbeth First Friday, visit the website.

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Winter Pub Quiz

When: Sunday 31st of January, 19:00
Where: The Anchor, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET
Entry: £2 per person

Birmingham Friends of the Earth invite you to their Winter Pub Quiz fundraiser at The Anchor in Digbeth.

Teams of up to four people can enter with the small entry fee of £2 per person – all the money raised will go towards supporting Birmingham FOE campaigns in 2016.

The quiz is open to everyone, providing you with the perfect way of exercising your grey matter while also having the opportunity to win a host of wonderful prizes in the raffle.

Come along to the cosiest pub in Digbeth for a warm evening of fun, facts and friends.

See the Birmingham FOE website or Facebook event page for more information.

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