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Opening: Friday 5 September, 18:00-21:00
Where: PROVIDE, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AT

Contemporary artist Imbue, declared ‘the Banksy of Brighton’ by The Independent, has recently relocated to Birmingham, and naturally will be holding his first exhibition in his new home town at PROVIDE in Digbeth.

Infamous for hijacking advertising billboards, he once upset a certain drinks company with his creative re-imagination of their advertising. This exhibition at PROVIDE, opening on September’s Digbeth First Friday next week, promises to be a little tamer, but no less entertaining.

A collection of nine new hand-printed screen prints will be available, alongside an exclusive t-shirt to accompany the exhibition. The exhibition is free, but if you’d like to take a piece home with you, the prints will be priced at only £10 each (first come, first served) – a snip if you ask us!

For more information about the exhibition, visit the PROVIDE website or click here to see the Facebook event page.

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The Spotted Dog Festival of Music

When: Sunday 31 August, 14:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Tickets: suggested donation of £5 – ALL of which will go to Acorns

This Sunday, The Spotted Dog presents a Festival of Music (FOM) which will see an eclectic mix of artistes performing for no fee, all in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The roster of confirmed acts includes some well-known and well-loved local bands such as:

  • Reel Note (Irish)
  • Forro Social (Brazilian)
  • The New Orleans Wanderers (traditional jazz)
  • Kevin Maher (Irish traditional)
  • Pete Kelly (folk singer-song writer)
  • Routes (jazz with a twist)
  • Tony and Laurence (Afro jazz vocalists)
  • Ellie Edmonds “Barbarashop” Trio
  • Ruby and Edd (folk)
  • Trio Rosbifs featuring Mathias Svensson and Celine Dommart (gypsy jazz)
  • Alicia Gardener-Trejo’s Jazz Quartet
  • Scottish Blokes featuring Richard Foote and Jonathan Silk (something involving trombones)
  • Alternative Strings (film classics played on the harp)

Although the event is free, to show your appreciation to the acts who are giving up their time, a donation of £5 per person, all of which will go to Acorns, would be expected.

For more information, click the poster to visit the Facebook event page or call 0121 772 3822

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Romeo and Juliet under the Arches

When: Thursday 28th until Sunday 31st August 2014, 19:00 (doors open at 18:00)
Where: The Arches Project, Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4EE
Tickets: £7 (plus booking fee) available online here

The Base Tikes are a group of twenty young actors based in and around Birmingham. With a mission of making Shakespeare cool and bringing the works of the late playwright to the masses in a whole new way, the ‘Tikes describe themselves as a mash-up between Simon Cowell and classical theatre (!).

Although the Base Tikes look like a girl/boy band, don’t let that fool you; expect a full-length, full-blooded performance of Romeo and Juliet in the dramatic surrounds of the Arches Project.

For more information click the flyer below to visit The Arches Project website, or click here to buy tickets for a performance of your choice.

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Magners Original Sessions

When: Saturday 6 September, 16:00 – midnight
Where: Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TJ
Tickets: Free but advanced registration is required

Magners are bringing their Original Sessions to Hennessey’s on what is already is packed day in Digbeth!

Along with the obligatory live music, there will be street magic, a hog roast (with Magners cider sauce, of course), cider lollies, a photo booth and much more!

Kicking off from 4pm, the acts confirmed to play include:

  • The Sunny Hill Boys
  • Rodney Branigan
  • Mario Barbarossa

For more information, visit the website or Facebook event page. To learn more about what else is happening at Hennessey’s, visit their website or follow the bar on Facebook.

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Sneaks&Peaks #5

When: Saturday 6th September, 12:00 onwards
Where: Boxxed Workspace, Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: £5 VIP tickets in advance (including queue jump and free raffle); £3 on the door

Edition 5 of Sneaks&Peaks will be taking place on Saturday 6th September at Boxxed in Digbeth, coinciding with the City of Colours festival.

Once again they’ll be bringing you the hardest to find kicks and leading fashion brands, supported by street art, live music, and a host of street food vendors, courtesy of Scoff Street Food.

Taking advantage of the new look yard plus the additional secret warehouse space, this edition promises to be the biggest and best yet!

Confirmed traders on the day include:

Advanced VIP tickets are £5, which includes first entry/queue jump and free entry in to the raffle; standard entry is £3 on the door on the day. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

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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, 24th August
Sunday Xpress at The Adam and Eve
16:30
Free Entry

The Dollcanoes
And many more…

Monday, 25th August
Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Traditional Irish Music – All musicians welcome to participate

Tuesday, 26th August
Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Wednesday, 27th August
Suki10c
19:00-00:00
£1 entry before 9pm / £2 after

Acoustic Wednesdays

Thursday, 28th August
Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Blues Night

Friday, 29th August
St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring
12:30 – 13:00
Free Entry

Free Lunchtime Concerts every week, featuring local, national and international musicians. Some concerts are in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Friday, 29th August
The Rainbow
18:30
Tickets £5 in advance

Duke
The Vectors
Ondahwun

Friday, 29th August
Connaught Bar
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

John Kiernan

Friday, 29th August
Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street
20:30
Free Entry

Live Music Night and Open Mic

Saturday, 30th August
Connaught Bar
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

Under The Covers

Sunday, 31st August
Leinster Suite
Irish Centre Birmingham
£5

Blake & Brazil

Sunday, 31st August
Spotted Dog Festival of Music
14:00
£5 suggested donation

Reel Note (Irish)
Forro Social (Brazilian)
The New Orleans Wanderers (traditional jazz)
Kevin Maher (Irish traditional)
Pete Kelly (folk singer-song writer)
Routes (jazz with a twist)
Tony and Laurence (Afro jazz vocalists)
Ellie Edmonds “Barbarashop” Trio
Ruby and Edd (folk)
Trio Rosbifs featuring Mathias Svensson and Celine Dommart (gypsy jazz)
Alicia Gardener-Trejo’s Jazz Quartet
Scottish Blokes featuring Richard Foote and Jonathan Silk (something involving trombones)
Alternative Strings (film classics played on the harp)

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Gin Festival

When: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September, 12:00-17:00
Where: The Bond Co, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £5 (+£1 booking fee) available online here

Birmingham’s first gin festival is coming to the Bond on Saturday 6th September, with an additional date planned for Sunday 7th September due to popular demand.

Coinciding with an already jam-packed weekend (City of Colours festival is happening on the same day), the festival will showcase over fifty of the UK’s finest gins alongside entertainment and expert masterclasses.

After your entry fee, all gins (including tonics and garnishes) at the event will cost £4. Tickets for Sunday’s event are still available online here – the Saturday session sold out in record time!

For more information, click here to visit the website or visit the Facebook page.

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Old Crown New Garden

When: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August 2014, from 18:00
Where: The Old Crown Garden, Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B12 0LD

Today sees the launch of the Old Crown’s new garden!

The team at the Old Crown have been working day and night to finish their work in the garden. The revamped space will include a retractable awning to ensure the British weather doesn’t rain off play, along with some old favourite pub games, as well as some more modern ones (table tennis anyone?).

With live DJs on rotation from 6pm every Friday and Saturday night, the new garden is bound to be the next top place to head to at the weekend. And considering Digbeth Dining Club is literally a ping pong ball throws away, you wouldn’t be blamed for setting up camp for the whole evening.

For more information, visit the Old Crown’s Facebook page or website.

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City of Colours – Volunteers Needed!

When: Saturday 6th September, 10:30-20:00
Where: Various locations across Digbeth

We’re delighted that City of Colours will be partnering with a fantastic local charity, St Basil’s, with the festival raising funds and increasing awareness of this deserving organisation.

With a 42-year track record, St Basil’s works with over 5,000 people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness every year. Offering a range of advice, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment, with the aim of successfully breaking the cycle of homelessness, so that they can realise a brighter future.

St Basil’s will need a team of 60 dedicated volunteers to support City of Colours, who will play a crucial role and allow the event to actually happen. Volunteer marshals’ tasks include handing out maps and giving directions, supervising the art areas, distributing evaluation forms, holding collection buckets, and maybe a little bit of tidying up at the end of your shift.

Help is needed for two shifts: 10:30 to 15:30, and from 15:30 to 20:00. In return, volunteers will have their travel expenses covered, be offered car free parking, and get a warm fuzzy glow from supporting this event and indeed St Basil’s.

For more information or to register your support, please click here to visit the St Basil’s website, email fundraising@stbasils.org.uk or call 0121 772 9614.

Many thanks in advance to all the generous souls supporting City of Colours – Digbeth is proud of you!

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Beach Party in Digbeth

When: Sunday 24th August, 15:00-18:00
Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage (close to The Warehouse), Digbeth, B5 5JG
Tickets: Free entry (suggested donation of £2)

This Sunday, Birmingham Friends of the Earth are hosting a beach party in the beautiful Digbeth Community Garden, which was recently opened by Councillor Yvonne Mosquito and John Gordon, Chair of Digbeth Residents Association.

Originally a warehouse which was demolished in the 1980s, the patch of land has been lovingly transformed by volunteers and members of the community.

Along with seaside-themed activities such as ocean fact fishing, a sea quiz, and a making (things out of) rubbish competition, there will also be prizes for the best beach-themed fancy dress outfits. If you play an instrument, why not bring it along and have a jam?

A small BBQ and refreshments will be available, but feel free to bring your own food and drinks. For more information please visit the Birmingham FOE website or email campaigns@birminghamfoe.org.uk.

Robert Pass, a representative from Birmingham Friends of the Earth with Councillor Yvonne Mosquito and John Gordon, chair of Digbeth Residents Association.

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