Sunday Xpress – March 2017

When: Sunday 19 March, 17:00–22:30
Where: Centrala, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth B5 5RT
Free entry

The nomadic Sunday Xpress, now in its eleventh year, is proud to announce that it has found new accommodation at Centrala in Digbeth. Known for loyally supporting underground music and spoken word in the Midlands, the Xpress is praised for its diverse programming of its booked acts, from traditional folk to power electronics to some of the best indie bands that Birmingham has to offer.

Never afraid to challenge and entertain at the same time, the Sunday Xpress is a combination of open mic/showcase from 17:00-19:30, followed by a brief interval (or film or dance performance), and then live music. This month’s event will be headlined by Citizen X.

For more information about the event, bands and general titbits, head to 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 5th March
The Spotted Dog
18:00
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.

Monday 6th March
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

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

Tuesday 7th March
The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH
19:30
£7 on the door (£5 concessions)

Fizzle at The Lamp Tavern
Lightning Ensemble (Richard Scott, David Birchall, Phillip Marks)
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Richard Scott (solo violin)

Tuesday 7th March
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Thursday 9th March
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Friday 10th March
Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, B5 5NY
19:00
Free Entry

Headspace

Saturday 11th March
The Night Owl
19:30
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

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The Curzon Symposium

Back in December 2016, the great and the good met at BCU to discuss the Curzon Masterplan – essentially how Birmingham City Council hope to maximise the benefits of HS2 and prepare Digbeth for the high speed terminus.

The Curzon Symposium consisted of a number of presentations, tours of the area, and workshops to discuss how we should integrate HS2 into the fabric of Digbeth. One quite important observation was that only two residents were present at this event, and only one person was under the age of 32 (that person being me – the youngest person at a meeting discussing the future of Europe’s youngest city, where 50% of the population is under 30).

Here’s a video recorded on the day, with some of the speakers, outlining the reasons for the event:

You can read a fuller report on the day here, but I’ve highlighted what I thought were important points raised during the day below:

  • Richard Cowell (Assistant Director for Development at Birmingham City Council) shared that the Council’s vision is to integrate HS2 terminus station with the metro and public spaces to make the station work in 360 degrees.
  • Henk Bouwman (a visiting Urbanist) highlighted how HS2 doesn’t just have to be a station: Rotterdam Central Station is also a workspace, power plant (solar roof panels), and on one Sunday a month – a concert hall!
  • Henk also stressed the importance of listening to the voices of young people, with perhaps his most profound observation being that although a plan will be put in place, Digbeth will not necessarily ever be ‘finished’.
  • Ian Mulcahey (Managing Director at Gensler) noted that Digbeth was created out of necessity by tradespeople, and asked whether planning is the enabler or the barrier to creativity? Since Digbeth is a small grain area, we need to target small scale business and not be afraid of diversity.
  • A number of people raised the importance of cultural activities, and not neglecting the spaces below viaducts, which present opportunities for people to interact with the existing architecture.

During the day, Liz Peace CBE (who is leading the Curzon Masterplan) shared a video of Digbeth by Andrew Smallwood. This is a fantastic showcase of “Digbeth… the definition of forward”. View it below:

We’ll keep you up to date on all developments we hear, but the initial sounds are all fairly positive and feel as though we are moving in the right direction.

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Centrala – March 2017 Events

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St Patrick’s 2017 at The Old Crown

When: Sunday 12 – Friday 17 March 2017
Where: The Old Crown, 188 High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD

The Old Crown, is celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a week long programme of events showcasing the best in Irish culture, from food to films, sport to music, there’s something for everybody to enjoy.

  • Sunday 12th March – St Patrick’s Parade Day Afterparty (from £5)
    FrostBit Boy, Rackhouse Pilfer, Mr Spacey (Swim Deep DJ Set), LAMPA, Sean Robert, Sam Bayliss (Moschino Hoe, Versace Hottie DJ set)
  • Monday 13th March – Jameson’s Whiskey Tasting (from £15)
    Taste and trace four of Ireland’s best known whiskeys with leading industry experts, alongside a delicious Irish-themed meal.
  • Tuesday 14th March – Peaky Tours Irish Special (from £40)
    Local historian Professor Carl Chinn explores whether the Peaky Blinders had an Irish connection as part of his extremely popular Peaky Tours.
  • Wednesday 15th March – Cinema takeover (from £8)
    The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen hosts us for a screening of The War of the Buttons. Tickets include entry to the film, half price food at The Old Crown, a bottle of beer/cider/wine and free popcorn.
  • Friday 17th March – Festival fundraiser (donations on entry)
    With music from The Father Teds and Lampa live. Come and support the community by donating to raise money for the 2018 festival!

For more information on the events, visit the Facebook event page, or buy your tickets here.

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Eastside Projects – March 2017 News and Events

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Digbeth Community Garden – February 2017 Update

Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5PG

See updates from the Digbeth Community Garden team in their latest newsletter below:

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Doris in Digbeth

Storm Doris has clearly had an impact all around the country, but Digbeth was no exception…

The high winds caused parts of Cherish House’s roof to detach, which led to the decision to close-off part of Alcester Street for safety reasons from Thursday:

Legendary Digbeth institution Latifs also fell victim to Doris: after a window pane was dangerously dislodged, West Midlands Fire service made the decision to temporarily close part of Bordesley Street and remove the window before it (inevitably) fell to the ground:

Do you have any Doris stories of your own? Comment below or get in touch by emailing digbethisgood@gmail.com.

Thanks to Kitty at Suki10c for the video.

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St Patrick’s Festival 2017

When: Sunday 12 March 2017, 10:00 onwards
Where: various locations across Digbeth

Parade day is coming!

The fun and entertainment will start from 10:00 in Digbeth with the first ever St Patrick’s Parade Day fun run, the Emerald Mile. Supported by South and City College, Motorpoint and Event Signs Ltd, the two-mile fancy dress dash will see participants take on the Parade route all whilst raising money for charity.

Once the parade starts proper at 12:00, the St Pat Rocks stage (in the Zellig car park) will awaken with some of the best Irish trad and folk musicians the region has to offer, while the Emerald Village (located in the Seven Capital car park on Bradford Street) will host a line-up some of Birmingham’s best up-and-coming artists.

For the little ones, there’s a load of entertainment in the Emerald Village, including free dance and music workshops, arts and crafts activities, a petting zoo (with ponies!), and a funfair. As per usual, there will also be a host of food and drink available around the parade.

Entry into both the Emerald Village and St Pat Rocks is entirely free, but there will be donation buckets around should you wish to make a contribution. The Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival this year is partnering with Kiely Bro’s, whose sponsorship will go some way to securing the future of the event which is now entirely funded by charitable donations.

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

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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 28th February
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Thursday 2nd March
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 4th March
The Night Owl
19:30
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

Sunday 5th March
The Spotted Dog
18:00
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.

Monday 6th March
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

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

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