RoguePlay – February 2017 Newsletter

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Valentine’s Day love poem

Originally posted on Birmingham Eastside:

This morning, Curzon Street was graffitied with an unusually pleasant message, in true Valentine’s Day spirit.

Commuters noticed parts of a poem written in chalk along the curb, from the University Locks to Birmingham City University’s Curzon Building. The message read:

“It started with walks in the park
That turned into (unreadable)
Followed by adventures to cities
That would rival Walter Mitty’s
Your eyes are so warm
And I’m a bit brawn
However your heart’s really clever
I hope we last forever
So meet me at three
For chocolate + coffee

Ps. All women are beautiful, have a lovely day!”

Although the message may not make complete sense, it certainly became a popular topic within the campus and entertained those who walked by.

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Brum Radio DDC Takeover

When: Saturday 18th February, 17:00 onwards
Where: Spotlight and Mama Roux’s, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
Tickets: free until 22:00, £5 on the door after 22:00

This weekend, Digbeth Dining Club is gearing up for an eleven-hour takeover by Birmingham favourite and Digbeth-based radio station, Brum Radio.

The main aim of the event is to raise funds for Brum Radio, to ensure it can remain the independent and alternative voice of Birmingham.

Throughout the evening, resident DJs Before the Sol, Goosensei, and Sam Redmore will be supplying beats to accompany the DDC eats. Meanwhile in Mama Roux’s from 17:30, there will be a live panel discussion focusing on the future of internet radio hosted by Danny de Reybekill, followed by live music from up-and-coming local acts.

Afterwards, Spotlight will be opened for further celebrations until the early hours. The panel discussion and live music in Mama Roux’s is free entry, with part two in Spotlight £5 entry from 22:00. All proceeds from the event will go towards funding Brum Radio. For more information, head to the takeover’s Facebook event page here.

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Political Therapy Workshops

When: Saturday 18 February and Saturday 11 March, 10:30
Where: Grand Union, 19 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Tickets: Free but booking essential (spaces available online here)

Political Therapy is a workshop devised by Liz Magic Laser, and led by drama therapist and actress Louise Platt.

Group therapy and meditation methods will be used to elicit the connections between personal experiences and political beliefs. Liz Magic Laser has enlisted Louise Platt to guide participants through activities to facilitate the expression and release of frustrations associated with Brexit and world events at large.

The event is free, but booking is essential. For more information, and to register your place, visit the EventBrite page 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 14th February
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Wednesday 15th February
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

(sign up from 19:30, everyone gets 10 minutes, no headliners, anything goes!)

Thursday 16th February
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Friday 17th February
Spot*light, Lower Trinity Street, B9 4AG
17:00 until late
Free Entry

Brum Radio takeover Digbeth Dining Club

Saturday 18th February
Spot*light, Lower Trinity Street, B9 4AG
17:00 until late
£5 on the door

Brum Radio takeover Digbeth Dining Club

Saturday 18th February
The Night Owl
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

Sunday 19th February
Sunday Xpress at Centrala,
4 Minerva Works, B5 5RT
Free entry

The Day Ends
Suicide Chuggers

Sunday 19th February
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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Birmingham Souvenirs

We’ve previously written about the Shelanu Collective, who were until recently based in Digbeth. Although they have had to move away from the Custard Factory due to rising rents, their amazing Birmingham Souvenirs are still made in Digbeth so we thought we should share them with you!

Produced by Textiles by St. Anne’s, Shelanu’s range celebrates the diversity of Birmingham and is inspired by the city’s industrial heritage. The collection consists of a coin purse, tablet case, wash bag, and shoulder bag, all beautiful (in my humble opinion) and priced at under £35 each.

Sales of this product range will all go back to Shelanu, helping the Collective to become a sustainable craft social enterprise which can assist more migrant and refugee women to gain well-being and aspiration through their creative development.

And without getting too political, Shelanu’s work shows that refugees and migrants love Birmingham just as much as everyone else! The full range is available to buy at the Craftspace online shop, and if you’d like to learn more, email or by phone on 0121 608 6668.

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New home for Sunday Xpress

When: Sunday 19th February, 17:00 onwards
Where: Centrala, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
Free entry

Now in its 11th year, and a new location for 2017, Sunday Xpress is known for its loyal support of underground music and spoken word in the Midlands.

As synonymous with Digbeth as street art and hipsters, the Xpress has been praised for its diverse programming of bands, 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 event starts with an open mic from 17:00, and then after a brief break (or a film, or some interpretive dance…) the bands take to the stage from 19:30. This month’s headliners are Smethwick’s finest, The Day Ends, supported by Suicide Chuggers and ADHD.

As ever, the Sunday Xpress remains free. For more information, see the Facebook event page here.

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Digbeth Community Awards 2016

The Digbeth Community Awards were announced at the December 2016 DRA meeting. Unfortunately, the winners were unable to attend to receive their awards in person, but we’ve been on a bit of an (extended) recce to visit all our winners and congratulate them in person!

The 2016 winners are:

BabMag is a free magazine that was nominated for “putting the spotlight on Digbeth’s creative businesses and individuals”. It was launched in March 2016, and as well as celebrating creativity, has been acting a platform to introduce new and unknown talent to the masses, while also profiling established creative talent.

Pictured: John Bryan (Editor in Chief) and Callum Barnes (Creative Director) receiving their Digbeth Community Award.

John and Sean Tighe at The Spotted Dog
If you know Digbeth, you know that the epicentre of our area is The Spotted Dog (otherwise known as the asylum!). Landlord John Tighe and his son Sean were nominated “for welcoming ideas and creating opportunities to executive them in their magical community resource, disguised as a charming pub”.

Stefan Hogan
Last, but by no means least, the final award was for Stefan Hogan, the cleaner at Abacus. Now although it is Stefan’s role to look after the inside of the building for residents, his job does not stretch to the outside of Abacus. However, Stefan regularly goes above and beyond by tidying up litter and rubbish dumped on Warwick Street, Alcester Street, and even at the Bradford Street bus stops.

John at The Spotted Dog also takes care of the pavement and road by his establishment on Warwick Street, but if all businesses took the time to maintain the street outside their premises, Digbeth would be much cleaner and improved for everyone!

Pictured: Stefan Hogan receiving his Digbeth Community Award.

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Spring into Talent

When: Saturday 4 March, 20:00 onwards
Where: The Big Bulls Head, 75 High Street, Digbeth, B5 6DY
Tickets: £2 on the door

The Pat Molloy Summer School welcome you to their fun talent competition: Spring into Action!

All talent is welcome along to the contest, and are invited to register on the night. See the poster below for more information.

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Funkenteleky @ The Edge

When: Friday 24th February, 19:30-23:00
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
Tickets: £5 on the door

Funkenteleky bills itself as “Birmingham’s first improvised music and poetry collaboration night”. This month, for one unique night, poets and a musicians from across the universe will gather at The Edge to explore each other’s answers.

Kicking off with a short poetry open mic (five minute slots on a first-come-first-served basis), the following artists will then give performances:

  • The Ben Lee Quintet
    The Ben Lee Quintet plays eclectic music drawing on wide ranging influences from rock and funk through to experimental music and more.
  • Jasmine Gardosi
    Jasmine is a poet who richly deserves the national acclaim she is receiving. Already a legend on the Birmingham poetry scene, she is the reigning Cheltenham Poetry Festival slam champion and has performed at events in Bristol and Exeter, as well as on BBC Radio 3.
  • Ben Jackson
    Ben is a Sheffield-based poet, actor and purveyor of rare raggatek. He has performed nationwide at UniSlam, as well as various incendiary and questionable situations. He is the writer of the long-awaited Plight of Arnold, a novel of unknown length and content that he hopes to be banned in the US.
  • Aliyah Hasinah
    Aliyah is a poet who combines rhythmical language with cutting social commentary, to tell stories that are both unheard and worth hearing. The creator of Herstory LIVE, a cross-genre event that celebrates the cultural diversity of Birmingham, she recently wowed audiences as a solo performer at Howl.
  • ‘Crazy Old’ Sean Colletti
    Sean has taken the Birmingham poetry scene by storm since returning from his native California to study a writing PhD at the University of Birmingham. His headline sets at Howl and Hit the Ode have left audiences in tears that are both happy and sad – a testament to the humorous and heart-rending narratives which Sean so eloquently crafts.
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