Bank Holiday Danish Film Night

When: Monday 25th May, 18:00
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

The Spotted Dog’s Danish Sofie is resurrecting Danish Film Night on Monday, to bring you two dark comedies in a special Bank Holiday Double Bill:

By no popular demand whatsoever, Danish Film Night returns to the Spotted Dog with a double billing and MORE CAKE than it’s ever produced before, all on Bank Holiday Monday. Grab your friends by the arm and come on down for pints, drinks, cakes and dark comedies.

First film of the night will be THE GREEN BUTCHERS starring Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Hannibal, The Hunt) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (In China They Eat Dogs, The Killing) as butchers Svend and Bjarne, who, fed up with their boss’ arrogance, decide to start up their own shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident coincides with a large order of meat and as one hasty decision leads to another, business soon starts thriving.

The second film of the night will be FLICKERING LIGHTS starring Søren Pilmark (The Killing), Mads Mikkelsen (The Green Butchers), Ulrich Thomsen (Festen, Brothers) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Green Butchers) as four small-time gangsters from Copenhagen who trick a gangster boss out of 4,000,000 DKK, which is all kinds of great until their van breaks down in the middle of rural Denmark and they’re forced to lay low (or try to and fail at) in an old, wrecked house.

We’re kicking off at 18:15 and estimate film two will start rolling at around 20:00. Cakes will go on the bartop at 18:00 sharp, so get down in decent time to make sure you get a bit of everything Danish Film Night has to offer.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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English Wine Producers Festival

When: Saturday 23rd May, 11:00-17:00
Where: The Bond, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE

As part of national English Wine Week, a week long celebration of English wine is taking place in Birmingham, including a festival at the Bond Co in Digbeth today.

The English Wine Takeover festival will bring together a number of English wine producers to showcase their products from vineyards around the country.

The event started off with a brunch by the canal with the pairing of quintessentially British food and homegrown fizz, and now visitors are tasting red, white, rose, dessert, and English sparkling wines.

For full details of all the events taking place for the next seven days, visit the English Wine Takeover website.

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Pride 2015

When: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May
Where: various locations across Southside

Birmingham Pride takes place this weekend, and although not strictly in Digbeth but in neighbouring Southside, it’ll sure be heard in our parts!

The UK’s biggest two-day LGBT festival launches with a carnival parade at midday on Saturday 23rd May, followed by a roster of huge headline acts including Baby D, Union J, Boney M, Atomic Kitten, Heather Small, and Example. Phew!

Amusement 13 will also be holding a Birmingham Gay Pride Takeover starting from today. The venue will host acts such as Ms Dynamite (the UK’s most successful female rapper), Flava D, and Artful Dodger over three nights and four open music spaces. For more information and tickets, visit the Amusement 13 website, Facebook, or Twitter.

For more information, visit the Birmingham Pride website, follow @BirminghamPride on Twitter, or watch the video below for a festival overview:

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Clubbercise at the Custard Factory!

When: Monday 1st June, 18:30–19:30
Where: The Oobleck, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: £6 (reserve online)

Not one to stick to conventions, next month the Oobleck will host another hour long pop up class from Clubbercise.

This class clearly has a beach theme, with neon juice shots on arrival, summery tunes from the 90s onwards, and a special prize for one lucky winner!

Clubbercise is designed so you don’t notice you’re working out, following simple and fun choreography dancing along to club classics. And there’s no need to be embarrassed as classes take place in the (almost) dark!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Digbeth’s Drive-in Cinema

When: Friday 26th June, 19:30 onwards
Where: Rainbow Arena, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth
Tickets: £10 per person

The Rainbow Arena will be transformed into a drive-in cinema as part of the 42nd St To Paradise Film Festival weekend this June!

Two cult films will be screened at the event – TerrorVision and Deadbeat at Dawn – with food courtesy of Digbeth Dining Club. Final details and DJs are being confirmed, along with an at-seat (or should that be at-car?) waitress service.

When: Saturday 27th June, 15:00 onwards
Where: Mockingbird Theatre, Custard Factory, Digbeth
Tickets: £15

Following on from Friday’s film experience, the Mockingbird Theatre in the Custard Factory will be showing loads more films from 3pm on Saturday.

There will be special appearances from cult film figures and signing sessions.

For more information, see the 42nd Street Festival website or visit the Facebook event page.

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Tame: Past Present Future

When: 1-26 June, 09:00-17:00 Monday to Friday
Where: MADE, 321 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET

MADE’s exhibition promoting and celebrating the industrial heritage of the much hidden and often forgotten River Tame comes to Digbeth next month.

The Tame: Past Present Future exhibition will tour the Midlands telling the story of the river, the industries which settled alongside it and the communities and people connected to it.

The exhibition is the culmination of months of work by local communities along the river who have researched their heritage since May 2014. MADE has then combined this with their knowledge to document the journey of the Tame from before the industrial revolution to the present day.

For more information, see the MADE website.

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Under a Tenner Fair

When: Saturday 23rd May, 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, 17th May
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, 17th May
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Sunday Classics

Sunday, 17th May
The Old Crown
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

Monday, 18th May
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Traditional Irish Music – All musicians welcome to participate

Tuesday, 19th May
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – Vula Viel

Thursday, 21st May
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Friday, 22nd May
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.

Saturday, 23rd May
The Rainbow
£5 advance

The Passives
Scott Revelle
The Long Strange Trip
Criminal Diva

Sunday, 24th May
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, 24th May
The Old Crown
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

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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.

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Not paying artists is bad for you…

When: Tuesday 19th May, 18:30-20:30
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR
Tickets: Free – sign up online

Ruth Claxton (Eastside Projects) and Cheryl Jones (Grand Union) are leading the Birmingham branch of the national Paying Artists initiative, which encourages galleries to be more transparent about their policies of paying artists.

The campaign involves a discussion at Eastside Projects to explore what a fair pay policy for artists in Birmingham might look like, and to profile the good work already being done by Birmingham’s National Portfolio funded arts organisations.

Paying Artist arose following a survey which discovered 71% of artists were not paid a fee for exhibiting in publicly-funded spaces in the UK. Ruth said:

“If we don’t make sure our galleries are paying artists there is a risk that large numbers of us will be driven out of the sector. If that happens it will trigger a gradual erosion of Birmingham’s cultural economy and the civic distinctiveness that makes it so special.”

For more information, visit the Paying Artists website, or sign up for the event via EventBrite here.

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