Vivid Projects – 2017 Programme Highlights

Where: Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Launch: Friday 5 May, 18:00-21:00

Vivid Projects has announced its 2017 programme highlights, featuring exhibition and events that delve into net art and technological obsolescence, open archives and live art research and experimentation.

Launching on Digbeth First Friday 5 May with Dot.Art – exploring the internet as a medium and site for art from the 1990s through to the present day. The season will feature artworks from the first wave of Net.Art alongside more recent projects produced since the rise of web 2.0, social networks and easily accessible search engines.

Following on from the programme launch, Vivid Live will begin in July and will evolve through 2017 to present challenging new work and unique events for daring audiences.

Other events include the regular Black Hole Club, No Copyright Infringement Intended in September, and Videotheque which will straddle October and November.

For more information on events and exhibitions at Vivid, visit the website or follow @VIVID_ on Twitter.

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Made in Birmingham TV

Our city’s very own TV channel, Made in Birmingham, recently visited the Central School of Make-Up right here in Digbeth.

The Lowdown is a daily insight into what is happening in and around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Learn what the team saw tonight on TV, or you can watch the episode in full on catch up here.

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City Drive 2017

When: Monday 3 – Friday 7 April 2017
Where: Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter

City Drive returns for 2017, with a week of fantastic events, talks, activities and networking to learn about how ‘doing good business’ benefits us all!

iSE was established to support social entrepreneurs, and having successfully created the highest concentration of social enterprises in all of Europe on our doorstep, City Drive is an opportunity to celebrate the excellent and worthwhile work of our social economy!

For more information about the events, and how you can get involved to learn more (there’s cake!), visit the iSE website here.

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Digbeth First Friday – April 2017

When: Friday 7th April, 17:00 until late
Where: various locations across Digbeth
Free (unless otherwise stated)

Never underestimate the creativity of those living and working in Digbeth. This month at Digbeth First Friday, prepare to something new and enjoy our area’s fantastic independent culture!

Brum Radio: Claire Davies, 17:00-18:00

Brum Radio are hosting a new artwork made by Nottingham-based artist Claire Davies, whose practice merges the mundane and the exceptional of the everyday into elusive objects questioning how we understand the world.

Sonia Boyce: Wallpaper/Performance, 18:00-20:00
Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 9AR

Eastside Projects will be filled with the sights and sounds of skateboarders and ukulele players, improvising against the backdrop of a new wallpaper work created by Sonia following February’s ‘Wallpaper/ Performance’.

Artist Super Market, 18:00-20:00
Grand Union, Unit 19, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Artist Super Market allows you to explore a large range of prints, books and artworks by regional and international artists. Bring your wallets and pennies to support this incredible display of new artists’ goods!

slice presents SEIZE Project, 18:00-21:00
Stryx, Unit 13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS

Leeds-based artist collective SEIZE have been invited to exhibit in the main gallery space, ranging from sculpture to painting, their work is often critical or tongue-in-cheek.

Post-Paradise, 19:00-21:00 | Degenerates Social, 21:00-02:00
Centrala, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT

From 19:00, artists invited by Post-Paradise will perform around the space, exploring its sonic tones and textures, accompanied by home-grown visuals from Birmingham-based artist Duncan Poulton, followed by Degenerates Social – a night of queerish music for queerer people.

Benin City, 20:00-late, £4 on the door
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 OQH

The Edge are bringing straight-talking Benin City and super smooth sounds from AffieJam to April’s Digbeth First Friday. Expect riddling lyrical prowess, melodic guitar and belly-warming vetkoek from Ubunu Foods.

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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 March
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio

Thursday 30th March
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 1st April
The Night Owl
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

Sunday 2nd April
The Spotted Dog
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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Chitty’s Cakes

Opening times: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10:00-18:00
Where: Chitty’s Cakes, 4 Gibb St, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

After five years behind the scenes at the Custard Factory, Chitty’s Cakes have (finally) have a shop front!


Owner Rebecca Chitty left a high-flying career just over six years ago to start up her own business, and is excited about taking this next step. Over a conversation with an amazing hot chocolate in her lovely café (do not be afraid of venturing upstairs!), I learned more about Rebecca’s plans and ideas for the space. Safe to say that we are really excited about the future of this new addition to Digbeth’s independent retail landscape!

You can now pop by to the café to enjoy a slice of cake with a hot drink, buy some cupcakes to take away, or purchase some new cake decorating tools. Better still – Digbeth residents can enjoy a 10% discount in the shop by quoting “Digbeth is Good”.

Chitty’s sell only the equipment that they use and recommend themselves, so you can trust that you’re buying quality, along with the advice on exactly how to use it. And alongside their in-depth cake decorating classes, you can now also participate in shorter 45-minute workshops in the shop, which are available to book online for just £10.

For more information about Chitty’s Cakes’ full range of services, visit the website, email or call 0121 4489596.


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Made in the Middle

When: until 29 April
Where: Parkside Gallery, The Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Digbeth, B4 7BD

Craftspace presents Made in the Middle, an exhibition of contemporary craft from the Midlands, taking place at the Parkside Gallery in Digbeth.

This exhibition explores enterprise through the eyes and careers of 28 makers, from John Grayson, who uses traditional metal forming and enamel decorating processes to create decorative metal objects, to Aimee Bollu, who takes inspiration from found items which she combines with minimal ceramic vessels.

Made in the Middle will tour to major galleries across the Midlands into 2018 raising the profile of regional makers and giving them the opportunity to sell their work ranging in budget from a few pounds to a thousand.

For more information, visit the Made in the Middle blog here.

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Children of the Revolution

When: Wednesday 5th April, 19:15
Where: The Connaught Bar (upstairs), High Street, Digbeth, B12 0NL
Tickets: £3.50 (free for members)

The Birmingham Irish Heritage Group invites you to a special presentation by guest speaker Jim Moran, Professor of Modern English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham. Entitled ‘Children of the Revolution’, the talk explores how the children who died in 1916 have been remembered during the Centenary of the Easter Rising.

For more information, see the BIHG website here.

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Tomato and St Basils Soup Week

The premise of Tomato and St Basils Soup Week is simple: make Tomato and Basil soup to sell during #souperweek, forwarding the profits to St Basils to help homeless young people across the West Midlands!

Lots of cafes, restaurants and even school canteens took part during 12-19 March 2017, including Digbeth favourites CG’s Café and Fazeley Social.

For more information and to learn how you can get involved in supporting this souper local charity, visit the St Basils website here.

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Flatpack Festival 2017

When: Tuesday 4 – Sunday 9 April 2017
Where: various locations across Birmingham

Flatpack is back for another outing, and this year will be taking over 25 venues across the city. There are over 100 events to choose from, some of which are taking place in Digbeth (naturally):

    Thursday 6th April, 20:15-21:45
    The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
    Friday 7th April, 19:00-21:00
    Centrala Art Gallery, Unit 4 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
    Saturday 8th April, 21:00-02:00
    Grand Union, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
    Sunday 9th April, 10:00-15:00
    Friction Arts, The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

For more information, or to buy yourself a ticket or Flatpass, check out the website here.

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