Birmingham Power 250

The Birmingham Post recently released a list of 250 people listed as the most influential in the West Midlands in 25 different categories, ranging from food and drink to transport.

The Power 250 list features a number of familiar faces, which is absolutely fantastic for Digbeth!

Creative and Digital
Lucan Gray, owner of The Custard Factory, along with Yamination’s award-winning animator, Drew Roper, were both named in this list. Jonnie Turpie MBE, director of Maverick who have offices in Digbeth, also received a hat-tip.

Politics
Ladywood MP, Shabana Mahmood, who covers Digbeth, is named as one of the top-ten most influential political figures the West Midlands.

Property
The property list features Glenn Howells and Bob Ghosh, two architects with practices in Digbeth.

Food and Drink
The food and drink Power 10 features Jack Brabant, creator of Digbeth Dining Club, along with Jayne Bradley-Ghosh, who is responsible for Edible Eastside on Fazeley Street.

Culture
Steven Knight, creator of Digbeth-based Peaky Blinders, is named on the Culture section of the list.

Third Sector
Jean Templeton is Chief Executive of St Basil’s, and quite rightly appears in the list for the third sector.

Business Lobby
Imandeep Kaur, one of the Directors of Impact Hub Birmingham, based in Digbeth, is named on this list. Immy was also recently presented with the Asian Business Women of the Year award.

Transport
Dean Finch, is Chief Executive of National Express, which is headquartered in Digbeth, and is also named on the Power 250 list.

Congratulations to all those listed 🙂

It’s great to see our area’s talent being recognised, and here’s hoping these influential people keep flying the flag for Digbeth high!

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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 1st May
The Rainbow Courtyard
12:00
£5 OTD

Punks Alive May Day All-Dayer
Vomit
Complete Dysfunction
The Victims
Dead Happy
Mutiny
The Youth With In
Shag Nasty
The Accused
Wolf Bites Boy
The Enemies of Promise
The Real Detonators
Noise Revolt

Monday 2nd May
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Birmingham’s biggest and best Traditional Irish Jam Session. All musicians welcome to participate.

Tuesday 3rd May
The Lamp Tavern, B5 6AH
19:30
£5 OTD

ELDA (Kari Eskild Havenstøm, Aaron Diaz, Andrew Woodhead)
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Sloth Racket (Sam Andreae, Cath Roberts, Anton Hunter, Seth Bennett, Johnny Hunter)

Tuesday 3rd May
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Wednesday 4th May
Centrala, Minerva Works
19:30
£5 OTD

Leaver and Ræppen
A night of experimental music and performance from Bulgarian drone duo Leaver, débuting their full-length album Head Home. Joining Leaver will be solo artist Tim Holehouse and his new shamanic ritual ambient project Ræppen.

Thursday 5th May
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Thursday 5th May
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Saturday 7th May
The Rainbow Courtyard
18:00
£10 OTD

Punks Alive Present
The Hellfreaks
Dead By Dawn
Healthy Junkies
Headstone Horrors
Pink Hearse

Saturday 7th May
The Rainbow
18:30
£5 advance tickets

The Catapult Club presents:
Fuzz Collusion
Telsen
Before the Story Ends
Waylor
Matthew Finch

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Herstory Live

When: Monday 9 May, 18:30–21:30
Where: Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, B5 5NR
Tickets: £4 in advance (available online), £5 OTD

“Until the lion has its own historian, tales of hunting will always be of the hunter…”
– African Proverb

Art!vist presents Herstory Live – a night of poetry, music and storytelling, exploring the history of under-represented diaspora. Herstory is about sharing stories through art, conversation and performance, featuring:

  • Wuzzamill
    Wuzzamill is a dynamic spoken word artist who has performed up and down the country with his poetry and music. Recently completing a tour raising money for refugees in Calais, listen to his latest track here.
  • Victoria-Anne Bulley
    Victoria-Anne Bulley is a writer, poet and MA student based in London. She has been commissioned to write and perform at a range of London locations, with her work being an exploration of cultural origins, the limitations of knowledge and the body, and a continual search for wholeness. Read here work here.
  • TruMendous
    TrueMendous is an upcoming artist from Birmingham who intertwines the art of storytelling with poetry to carefully construct creative pieces. Her freestyles are available on SBTV, BBC 1Xtra, JDZ Media, P110 Media and Beatfreeks TV. Listen to her latest tracks here.

The night will also include a Micro-exhibition from Faffabout. For more information, see the Facebook event page or the Eventbrite posting.

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Events and Exhibitions at Centrala

Where: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

It’s set to be a busy few weeks at Centrala, with a number of events taking place on Warwick Bar:

A-Eight
Until 31st May
Free entry

A-Eight is a group exhibition of emerging Central and Eastern European artists found after Centrala’s open call. The artists featured include Emilia Maryniak, Karolina Korupczynska, Sylwia Narbutt, Olga Guse, and Alex Maczkowski. See more on the Centrala website or Facebook event page.

Kurdish Film Screening
Sunday 1st May, 12:00-21:00
£3 suggested donation

Centrala present a selection of documentaries and feature films on the Kurdish struggle, with time for discussion and food. The screenings will explore Kurds in the Turkish state, Kurdish culture, and the struggle of women in the aftermath of the successful resistance against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Kobanê. See more at the Centrala website or Facebook event page.

Leaver and Ræppen
Wednesday 4th May, 19:30
£5 OTD

A night of experimental music and performance from Bulgarian drone duo Leaver, débuting their full-length album Head Home. Joining Leaver will be solo artist Tim Holehouse and his new shamanic ritual ambient project Ræppen. Visit the website for more information.

 

Through A Glass, Darkly!
Friday 6th May, 21:00
Free entry

This Digbeth First Friday, Centrala present a screening of Through A Glass, Darkly!, a selection of short films as part of Vivid’s Noise + Nostalgia series. The programme includes challenging, transgressive work originally connected to the industrial scene, created by provocative filmmakers of the early 1980s pursuing occult interests. See the Centrala website for more.

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Club L’Amour

When: Friday 29 April, 23:00-04:00
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ
Tickets: £5 on the door

Club L’Amour is an indie/alternative clubnight based at Digbeth’s most eye-catching venue, Suki10c.

With live music alongside DJs playing everything from Oasis to Jamie T, you may just fall in love with Club L’Amour, like Counteract did recently:

It’s Friday night in Birmingham. I want to go, for want of a better word, ‘clubbing’. I assess my options…

Thank God for L’Amour. Residing in the ‘cosy’ space of Suki10c (suck it and see) in Digbeth, the small residency – which makes The Sunflower Lounge look like the O2 Arena – has built a loyal following, thanks to its showcasing of both established and up-and-coming indie bands, stellar playlist and jovial atmosphere.

This Friday sees Club L’Amour bring a 90s rave party to Suki10c, playing all the best music from the 90s (with a good slice of cheese). For more information, see the Facebook event page.

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Noise + Nostalgia

Exhibition launch: Friday 6 May, 19:00-21:00
Exhibition continues: until Saturday 21 May
Where: Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Vivid Projects presents Noise + Nostalgia, a season exploring the Post-Punk aesthetic through films, screenings and live events.

Provocative and daring work features throughout, launching at May’s Digbeth First Friday with screenings across three venues at Minerva Works; Performing The Self (18:00, Grand Union), Home Taping (19:30, Vivid Projects), Through A Glass, Darkly (21:00, Centrala).

The launch event will also see the Birmingham première of the full touring programme “This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk”. Screenings will take place each week as part of the gallery exhibition and include rare Super8 and 16mm films – unseen for a generation – digitally remastered by the BFI National Archive.

For more information, see the Vivid Projects website, or the Facebook event page.

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TILT Festival 2016

When: Monday 18 – Sunday 24 July 2016
Where: WMCC, 8 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
Tickets: available online here

TILT 16 is a five-day aerial and physical theatre festival, celebrating quality teaching and performance from internationally-renowned circus artists. There is a comprehensive masterclass programme catering for beginners to professional performers, free outdoor aerial shows, young people’s work and family-friendly performances.

Birmingham’s first dedicated aerial and physical theatre festival, TILT 16 will be run by RoguePlay Theatre from their facility, the West Midlands Creation Centre (WMCC) in Digbeth.

One of the free performances, entitled Snakes and Ladders, will encompass dance harness, aerial rope, parkour, physical theatre and performance poetry. Five performers playing a huge 3D version of the traditional game of Snakes & Ladders explore the good and bad qualities of desire versus destiny.

For more information about the festival, visit the TILT 16 website here.

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Cinema Shuffle

When: Friday 29 April, 18:00
Where: The Mockingbird Bar and Theatre, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: £3 advance (available online), £4 OTD

Cinema Shuffle showcases short films, animations and oddities, and it’s coming to the Mockingbird theatre this Friday.

With food and drinks served in the bar and bistro next door, there’s no strict schedule so you can grab dinner, bring your drinks into the theatre, and come and go as you please.

Expect comedies, documentaries, dramas, and some stuff that is just downright weird! More information and early bird tickets are available on the website here; see more on the Facebook event page, and a video of what to expect below:

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Friends of Warwick Bar

The Friends of Warwick Bar are a small group of residents who have adopted an historic stretch of canal running through Digbeth, to keep this jewel in Birmingham’s crown sparkling. The group’s aim is to make the canalside a more pleasant and safe place to walk, cycle and relax, by clearing litter, painting, gardening, and bringing the area’s creative projects right onto the waterside.

One of these creative initiatives is offering a home (and walls) for Digbeth’s world-class street artists to call their own. There are metres of unloved walls, which have been prepared in brick red masonry paint, crying out for pieces of art.

Artists are asked to bring ideas and paint (after collecting a permission card from Graffitiartist.com), and make their mark on Digbeth! The Friends can help with providing paint – just email friendsofwarwickbar@gmail.com for further information about all aspects of the initiative.

If you would like to lend a helping hand but are not artistic, volunteer clear-up days are held on most Sundays from 10:00 – see further information on the group’s calendar.

Learn more about the group, and keep abreast of events and activities, by visiting their website or Facebook 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 April
Sunday Xpress at Friction Arts
78-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH
16:00
Free entry

Tuesday 26th April
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Thursday 28th April
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Thursday 28th April
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Sunday 1st May
The Spotted Dog
16:30
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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