Post Paradise 6

When: Saturday 28 April, 20:00 onwards
Where: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

Post Paradise is a monthly concert series for new music, taking place at Centrala in Digbeth:

This month we have invited Birmingham-based Andy Ingamells, “an experimental musician who develops unorthodox methods of composition that blur the line between composer and performer”. Writing for contemporary music choir Via Nova.

Along with Automatonism, the name of both the modular synthesiser in Pure Data and the creative output of its developer, Johan Eriksson from Stockholm, and Birmingham-based creative publishing house Stenton.Press.

For more information, see the Facebook event page, or email

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Birmingham Irish Heritage Group – May 2017

When: Wednesday 3 May, 19:15 onwards
Where: The Connaught Bar (upstairs), Irish Centre Birmingham, High Street, Digbeth, B12 0NL
Free Entry

May’s meeting of the Birmingham Irish Heritage Group will involve a screening of the BBC documentary: Private Life of a Masterpiece: Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ.

Two centuries after Caravaggio completed his famed The Taking of Christ, the painting vanished. This programme tells the fascinating history of the painting and its rediscovery in Dublin in 1990.

Everyone is welcome to this event, but for more information, visit the BIHG website or email

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Independent Birmingham Festival

When: Saturday 13 May, 12:00-18:00
Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: from £8 (children under 12 free)

Having begun life as a website and guide to independent culture, Independent Birmingham went on to create a membership discount card which is now owned by over 15,000 people. The website and the IB Card both encourage people to support local, celebrate the unique, and to Believe in Birmingham.

This May, IB have teamed up with Seasonal Markets for the inaugural Independent Birmingham Festival, showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent restaurants, bars, pubs, street food traders, retailers, artists, designers, musicians, makers and more in a day-long celebration of all that is great about our city.

What’s more, every visitor will get a free limited edition Believe in Birmingham pin badge!

Visit the IB website for more information about all the exhibitors at the festival, see the Facebook event page, or click here to buy your tickets through Design My Night.

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Sufficient at A3 Project Space

Exhibition opens: Friday 5 May, 18:00-20:00
Exhibition continues: Saturday 6 – 13 May, 12:00-17:00
Where: A3 Project Space and Studios, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 0SA

Sufficient is an exhibition of photographs by Ming De Nasty, opening on Digbeth First Friday in May.

The images plot her personal growing year during 2016, taken as part of a wider project in which she documented the experiences of urban growers in Birmingham. As part of the exhibition, Ming and other growers will be participating in an exchange of tips, surplus plants and seeds on Saturday 13 May from 14:00-17:00.

For more information, see the A3 Project Space website, Facebook or Twitter.

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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

Tuesday 25th April
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays
Fini Bearman

Thursday 27th April
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 29th April
The Night Owl
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

Monday 1st May
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

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

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Typhoo Wharf – Updates

Birmingham-based Stoford Developments has been hired to lead the proposed regeneration of Digbeth’s Typhoo Wharf as part of a £200 million project.

The company was appointed by The Gooch Estate, which owns more than ten acres of land across Digbeth. The scheme will include the redevelopment of Typhoo Wharf and the former Typhoo Tea building, as well as the canal basin, where tea was delivered into the city from London.

Once complete, STEAMhouse (as the building will be known) will offer at least one million square feet of space, including offices, a small business incubator, restaurants, bars, artist studios and homes. The site will also adjoin the proposed HS2 Curzon station.

A planning application will be prepared this summer and subject to approval, work will begin on site in 2018.

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Moulin Rouge!

When: Saturday 6 May, 18:00–01:00
Where: The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £19 (available online here)

On Saturday 6 May, The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen will be hosting a very special screening of Moulin Rouge, complete with dinner, a burlesque show, table magician and live swing band!

Transport yourself back to 1900 Paris, with a two course meal, followed by tricks, performance and dancing to live music, and of course, a chance to watch the award-winning 2001 film!

For more information, see the Facebook event page or visit Eventbrite to buy your tickets now.

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When: Thursday 27th April, 17:30 onwards
Where: Fazeley Studios, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Free event

TEDxDigbethLive is an opportunity to watch TEDTalks live alongside other members of Digbeth’s creative community.

Once a year, the world’s most powerful ideas are shared on the TED stage in Vancouver. We’ll have a front-row seat at day three of TED2017 and will watch talks focusing on the mind and meaning in an age of big data and ever smarter technologies (almost) live from the conference.

The talks will explore the intersection of art, architecture, technology and humanity of our urban environments.
There will also be time to eat, drink, meet and mingle with others members of the Digbeth community and share your own ideas.

TEDxDigbethLive is free to attend, but spaces are limited so you’ll need to register in advance via Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please contact

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Inner City Live

When: Saturday 12 August 2017, 17:00–23:00
Where: Rainbow Arena, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £35 (available online here)

This summer, Inner City Live Birmingham is planning to put your senses into overload with a night of exceptional live music and extraordinary visuals.

Taking place at the Rainbow Arena, the event will be headlined by The Flaming Lips, with support from special guests Public Service Broadcasting.

For more information and updates, see the Facebook event page here.

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The Hanging Gardens of Digbeth

Where: 175 High Street Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham

Garden Hill is a proposed new development for Digbeth, based on the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Designed by Architects of Invention, for the Chinese private equity fund PGC Capital, Garden Hill comprises two 25-storey towers with rooftop terraces in between. The layered configuration offers all residents access to private or shared outdoor gardens.

The different aspects from the two towers will ensure that all the terraces receive direct sunlight throughout the day, with the southern tower catching the morning sun and the northern units becoming more exposed in the evening.

The proposal suggests a new model for live / work / play, where the residential dwellings are small, but there are large shared facilities for communal living and working, including music recording studios and small rental units for startups. The scheme proposes ground floor retail onto High Street Deritend.

Garden Hill will have 500 residential units; 60% will be one-bedroom (40-50m2) and 40% will have two-bedrooms (63-75m2). The brief also specifies parking for 120-200 cars. The image below shows what the development will look like compared to the surrounding area.

The £70 million scheme is currently at pre-application stage, with Birmingham City Council assessing the proposals. For more information, see this thread on the Skyscraper City Forum.

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