Exhibition opens: Wednesday 2nd September, 18:00–20:00
Exhibition continues: until 16th October 2015, Tuesday-Friday 11:00-18:00, Saturdays 13:00-18:00
Where: Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

Internationally-acclaimed artist Malgorzata Dawidek is based in London, but has recently completed a six-week residency at Centrala in Digbeth.

The result of her time in Birmingham is Conversio – a multi-element textual and visual narration based on the stories of migrant women. During her residency, Dawidek has worked with migrant women of different ages, ethnic backgrounds and languages, who for economic, health, family or other reasons, have left their home countries.

The aim of Conversio is to discuss femininity as a representation of culture; explore the project at the Centrala Gallery this evening from 18:00 during a special launch party, or visit during normal opening hours until Friday 16th October.

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Brum Punx Picnic 2015

When: Friday 4 – Sunday 6 September 2015
Where: Wagon and Horses, 28 Adderley Street, Digbeth, B9 4ED
Tickets: £6 tax on the door on Friday, £9 tax on Saturday (£7 before 19:00)

This weekend, Brum Punx return for this year’s annual picnic at the Wagon and Horses in Digbeth.

In 2015, all proceeds will go to Young at Heart, a registered charity offering help and support to families of babies and children diagnosed with heart defects.

For more information about the line ups for each day of the festival, see the Facebook event page links below:

Friday 4th September, from 19:00, £6
Facebook Event Page

The Youth Within; The Obnoxious UK; Out Of Order; Spirit Bomb; Urban Attack; Billyclub.

Saturday 5th September, from 16:00, £7/£9
Facebook Event Page

Fear Insight; Headstone Horrors; Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man; Autopsy Boys; Mangled; Lost Cherrees; Brassick; Sick On The Bus; GBH.

Sunday 6th September, from 14:30
Facebook Event Page

Healer Of Bastards; Drag; Rotunda; Leech Bleeders; Criminal Mind; Trigger McPoopshoot; Intention; Eastfield; Drongos For Europe.

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Under a Tenner Vintage Fair

When: Saturday 5th September, 11:00-16:00
Where: Market Hall, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Entry: £1 per person

Urban Village returns to the Custard Factory with their (almost) legendary Under a Tenner vintage fair this weekend!

Featuring a huge range of clothing, accessories and much more for all under £10 each, lovers of vintage would be mad to miss it.

For more information, visit the Urban Village website or like their Facebook page to make sure you never miss a fair again.

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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, 30th August
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

Sunday, 30th August
The Old Crown
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

Tuesday, 1st September
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Thursday, 3rd September
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Friday, 4th September
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, 4th September
Brum Punx Picnic
Wagon and Horses, Adderley Street
Tickets £6

The Youth Within
The Obnoxious UK
Out Of Order
Spirit Bomb
Urban Attack

Saturday, 5th September
Brum Punx Picnic
Wagon and Horses, Adderley Street
Tickets £9 (£7 before 19:00)

Fear Insight
Headstone Horrors
Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man
Autopsy Boys
Lost Cherrees
Sick On The Bus

Saturday, 5th September
The Rainbow
£5 advance

Dirty Jane
Bad Penny
Broken Looking Glass

Sunday, 6th September
Brum Punx Picnic
Wagon and Horses, Adderley Street

Healer Of Bastards
Leech Bleeders
Criminal Mind
Trigger McPoopshoot
Drongos For Europe

Saturday, 5th September
The Oobleck, Custard Factory
£10 advance

Dread Records: Ray Keith

Sunday, 6th September
The Spotted Dog
£5 Entry

Ffffestival of Mmmmusic (all proceeds to Acorns Children’s Hospice)

Sunday, 6th September
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Sunday Classics

Sunday, 6th September
The Old Crown
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

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Big Mouth

Exhibition launch: Friday 4 September, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition continues: Wednesday-Saturday, 12:00-17:00 until 31 October
Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Grand Union are very pleased to announce big Mouth, a new exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Emma Hart that want to tell you how it really is and how it really feels.

Hart believes there is a disconnect between the overwhelming real we stumble through and the way that digital culture references it, smoothing it all over. Her sculptures, which throw punches, choke and fight reveal the raw state of things that images screen off.

The exhibition launch will take place as part of Digbeth First Friday, and will be accompanied by a programme of free events; visit the Grand Union website for more information.

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Swingerella’s Wrecking Ball

When: Friday 18 September, 19:30 for 20:00 start
Where: Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: available online

Falling in love’s for you fools out there in Wonderland,
let me tell you how it is…

Love rules
and when it cools, you sit in the shit like a fly,
getting high
on all the sighing and the crying.

Now we’ve had this conversation,
join Swingerella in world domination.

Swingerella continues her world tour, and comes to Digbeth in September fresh from appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Join her and her burlesque freaks Allouetta La Zouch and Valerie Valentine at the Mockingbird Theatre for a night of spoken word, poetry, burlesque and cake, and be prepared for something you have never seen before.

Recommended by the Sunday Times as one of the shows of this year’s Fringe.

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Rich McMahon Tribute Concert

When: Tuesday 22 September, doors at 18:00, music starts at 20:00
Where: The Jam House
£7 voluntary donation on the door

SIFA Fireside is holding a special tribute night for much loved Birmingham-based Irish singer songwriter Rich McMahon, who sadly died in May this year.

Rich was a hugely talented and popular artist; as well as writing, recording and performing, Rich used his musical talents to give people a helping hand. In his spare time he came to SIFA Fireside’s Drop In centre in Digbeth to run music sessions with homeless and vulnerably housed adults. This led to them forming a house band that performed, to great success, at the Drop In last year.

Some of the finest Midlands based musicians will pay tribute to Rich at this concert (including Paul Murphy, Whalebone, Dan Hartland), whilst helping to raise funds for SIFA Fireside.

Funds raised will go towards practical support such as food, clothes and emergency accommodation advice for homeless and vulnerably-housed adults; as well as longer term support such as counselling, basic skills classes, help to find work and settled accommodation, leading to a more stable lifestyle.

For more information about the concert, please visit the Jam House website.

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Bombay Tapas Pop-up

When: Tuesday-Friday, 12:00-14:00
Where: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

If you are around Digbeth and fancy something different for lunch, why not head to Centrala Café for a pop-up fusion lunch from Bombay Tapas?

Bombay Tapas specialise in vegetarian and vegan fare, and once you have had your fill, you can try one of the delicious home made cakes on offer at Centrala on a daily basis!

Bon appétit!

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Ffffestival of Mmmmusic

When: Sunday 6 September, 13:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
£5 entry

The Ffffestival of Mmmmusic (FOM!) returns for it’s second outing at The Spotted Dog right here in Digbeth on Sunday 6th September.

Expect the usual array of huge talent and general mayhem, safe in the knowledge that all proceeds from the event will be donated to Acorns Children’s Hospice!

FOM – Irish, Swing, Brazilian, Jazz, Rock music
FOM – cheaper than Moseley
FOM – better variety than Moseley
FOM – Beer’s better than Moseley
FOM – All proceeds to Acorns Children’s Hospice
FOM – No proceeds pocketed by Moseleyites

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Social enterprise support in Birmingham

iSE’s programme of events finishes in December, so this autumn is the last chance for local social entrepreneurs to apply!

See more information about the scheduled events and training programmes below, or see the full listings on Eventbrite.

If you would like to book a place at any of the above courses/events, please email directly.

25 August, Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter Network, 8.30 – 10am at iSE
25 August, “Applying for the Birmingham Business Charter” Consortia Development, 2pm – 4pm at iSE
26 August, “Branding and Marketing for Social Enterprises”, 9.30 – 12.30pm at iSE

4 September, “Intellectual Property Rights”, 2 – 4pm at iSE
8 September, “Starting Your Social Enterprise”, 1.30 – 4.30pm at iSE
10 September, “Women’s in Social Enterprise Network”, 11 – 1pm at iSE
11 September, “An Introduction to Working with Outcomes Frameworks” Consortia Development, 2pm – 4pm at iSE
16 September, “Developing Your Business Plan”, 1.30 – 4.30pm at iSE
17 September, North Birmingham Social Enterprise Network, 12 – 2pm
22 September, Financing Your Social Enterprise, 9.30 – 12.30pm at iSE

7 October, Starting a Social Enterprise, 9.30 – 12.30pm at iSE
13 October, Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter Network,  8.30 – 10am at iSE
14 October, Developing Your Social Business Plan, 9.30 – 12.30pm at iSE
20 October, Financing Your Social Enterprise, 9.30 – 12.30pm at iSE
21 October, Branding and Marketing, 1.30 – 4.30pm at iSE

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