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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Gin and Meat Festival

When: Saturday 25 March, 13:00-20:00
Where: No 21 Digbeth, 21-27 Milk Street, Digbeth B5 5TR
Tickets: from £3 (available online)

With March being the month International Women’s Day, Taste and Liquor have devised a Gin and Meat Festival with an all-female line up!

Launching their new season of spring events, they’ve picked five pioneering street food traders from a rebellious Indian street food chef, to the queen of the Caribbean BBQ!

For more information and to buy your entry tickets, visit the Facebook event page or Design My Night.

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

Sunday 19th March
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.

Monday 20th March
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

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

Tuesday 21st March
The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH
£7 on the door (£5 concessions)

Fizzle at The Lamp Tavern
Raw Tonk Anniversary (Colin Webster, Mark Holub)
Ti/om (Matilda Rolfsson, Tim Fairhall, Tom Ward)

Tuesday 21st March
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays
Elliot Galvin Trio

Thursday 23rd March
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 25th March
The Night Owl
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

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Spotted Dog Jazz – March/April 2017

When: Tuesdays from 21:00
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

Everyone knows that Tuesday nights mean jazz at The Spotted Dog.

The weekly event continues to go from strength to strength (see details of upcoming events below), and with a fancy new website and Twitter, make sure to add the event firmly into your Digbeth music calendar.

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The Gesture of the Arts in Such a Time

When: Saturday 18 March, 09:45-16:00
Where: Centrala, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

This one-day event at Centrala will take its inspiration from German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer’s 1970 essay Are the Poets Falling Silent?. However, the focus will be solely on women working today in the visual arts.

The central ambition of the seminar is to begin a wider discussion on the condition of art and female artists in an age of social unrest and discomfort. The symposium participants will present their own artistic practice, comprising performance, video screenings, and workshops.

For more information or to register, visit the Eventbrite page here.

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Swingamajig 2017

When: Sunday 30 April, 14:00-02:00 (afterparty from 02:00-06:00)
Where: The Rainbow Complex and Spotlight, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
Tickets: from £25 (available online)

Swingamajig Festival returns to Digbeth this April for its fifth year.

Produced by the team behind Shambala Festival and curated by Electric Swing Circus, Swingamajig is a seven-stage wonderland of vintage sights and sounds, all taking place under Digbeth’s railway arches.

From gypsy jazz to Balkan beats, jungle DJs to tropical rhythms, and a healthy dose of traditional and electro swing, Swingamajig features a diverse array of acts and music. Headlining this year’s festival are The Correspondents, The Freestylers, Electric Swing Circus and 16 piece swing band, and Jim Wynn Swing Orchestra.

What makes Swingamajig a truly different festival are the fringe performances, including cabaret, magic, burlesque dance, art installations, and walkabout performances. This year the festival will also be accompanied by the Swingamajig Bazaar – a free family-friendly vintage and craft market featuring street food from Digbeth Dining Club, games, and dance workshops. The bazaar takes place from 11:00-18:00 on Sunday 30 April at Spotlight.

For more information, see the Swingamajig Festival website, Facebook page or event page.

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Nechells Ward Meeting – March 2017

When: Tuesday 21 March, 18:30
Where: Stanhope Hall, Emily Street, Highgate, B12 0XG

The next Nechells Ward Meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 March at Stanhope Hall.

This meeting gives you an opportunity to come face to face with your Councillors and hold them accountable for issues in your neighbourhood. These could be questions about litter, proposed developments or crime.

Please see documentation for the meeting below:

If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, please contact Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager at Birmingham City Council by calling 0121 675 5664 or emailing

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Digbeth Community Garden – March 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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