Cre/\tures Enchanted Forest

When: Saturday 24 June, 22:00–6:00
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ
Tickets: from £10 (available online here)

After an amazing reception at Underground Sound, Suki10c are bringing you a party to blow the glitter off your face and the socks off your feet!

The Enchanted Forest will bring you some of the best up-coming DnB, House and Jungle DJs in the Midlands, all alongside dry ice, a dark luminous jungle full of plants, fur, glitter, and fancy dress.

The first ten people to arrive will be given free admission. For more information, see the Facebook event page or visit Skiddle here.

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Nine Weeks of Summer at The Old Crown

When: all summer long
Where: The Old Crown, 188 High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LD
Free entry

The Old Crown have revamped their back yard yet again into a brand new botanical-themed garden, complete with gin cocktail bar and street food.

And it seems that the garden will have lots of use this summer with a nine-week long programme of events featuring live entertainment, DJs, food, drink and sunshine* guaranteed!

For more information, see Facebook or follow @oldcrownbham on Twitter for regular updates.

* sunshine not guaranteed (we are in England after all!)

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Lucy McLauchlan: Birmingham By Pass

Where: Centrala, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
When: until Sunday 9 July 2017

This week (19-26 June) is International Refugee Week, and alongside other exhibitions, Centrala Space welcome Birmingham’s very own Lucy McLauchlan for a residency as part of Supersonic Festival.

From Gambia to Guangzhou and from Osaka to Peru, Lucy McLauchlan’s monochromatic paintings have graced buildings in every corner of the globe. Birmingham By Pass features new works referencing her days spent along the canals and waterways of Digbeth. The residency will feature murals all along the canal side and outside Boxxed on Floodgate Street, culminating in an installation in Centrala’s intimate gallery space.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Supersonic Festival website.

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Animal Fantastical Family Rave

When: Sunday 25 June, 14:00-16:30
Where: Rainbow Warehouse, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B4 4AG
Tickets: £8.50 per adult, £5.50 per child (available online here)

Big Fish Little Fish is returning to Digbeth’s Rainbow Warehouse with an “animal fantastical” themed family rave.

The last six events have all been sell-outs, and it’s no wonder why: there’s a bar for the adults, along with safe play areas with tents, tunnels, and ball pools for the children.

Music on the multi-sensory dancefloor is kept at safe levels for little ears, alongside accompaniments of a glitter cannon, bubbles, and giant bouncy balloons.

There’s also a craft area with a colouring mural and a playdough table, all topped off with the famous parachute dance.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Big Fish Little Fish website.

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Manhattan in Digbeth

When: Sunday 25 June, from 15:00
Where: Mockingbird Cinema, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £8 (available online here)

Director Woody Allen’s love letter to New York City stars Allen as frustrated television writer Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced malcontent facing middle age alone after his wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), leaves him for a woman…

Viewed as one of Allen’s best, this film is a love story to the city of New York and the tale of complicated love.

The film will be screened twice on Sunday, at 15:00 and 18:00, and will be accompanied by live jazz in the bar from 17:00 between the two shows. Tickets are just £8, including both the film and jazz, and available online 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

Monday 19th June
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

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

Tuesday 20th June
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – Monkathon Week 2

Wednesday 21st June
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

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

Thursday 22nd June
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 24th June
The Night Owl
£5 advance / £6 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl
The Ska 45’s (ska and reggae covers band)

Sunday 25th June
Sunday Xpress at Centrala,
4 Minerva Works, B5 5RT
Free entry

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Tuned On

When: Thursday 22 June, 16:30-18:30
Where: Arabian Nites, Digbeth, B5 7HP
Free – advance online registration required

As part of The Award-Winning Desi Moves programme, Punch Records will welcome some the UK’s top South Asian innovators to Arabian Nites to share their music industry journeys.

Working in TV, radio, and performance, the panel will offer advice, guidance, encouragement and (most of all) inspiration to the next generation of music industry visionaries. The following speakers are currently confirmed to join the panel:

If you are looking to start a career in the industry, find more information and register your place on the Eventbrite page.

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Calling all Social Enterprises!

Are you a social entrepreneur?

Would you like free consultancy from talented MBA students AND a £200 contribution to your social enterprise?

Distance learning MBA students at Warwick Business School have on average 12 years of managerial experience, and can help you to identify solutions to your operational challenges, such as securing your supply chain, improving business processes, measuring performance or managing your business risk.

In return for their free advice, you will help these professionals to understand social enterprise better, and also gain £200 for your business. Sounds like a win-win to me!

See the flyer below for more information, and to get involved, please email Haley Beer ( by 30 June 2017.

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Custard Factory Courtyard – Inauguration Weekend

When: Saturday 17 June, all day
Where: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

We recently tweeted about the work taking place to convert the Custard Factory pool into a square…

Well, this Saturday 17 June, the new space (called the Custard Factory Courtyard) will be welcomed with a bumper load of activities and events!

Paperdolls Summer Craft Market
Featuring almost 50 artisans, ranging in skills from ceramics, jewellery and textiles to illustration, stationery and home decor, the Paperdolls Handmade Craft Market is a great place to pick up beautiful and unique handmade gifts. There will be a series of crafting workshops running throughout the day.

Free Children’s Workshops with CircusMASH
An unmissable opportunity to learn circus skills from plate-spinning to juggling, courtesy of CircusMASH! Led by professional performers, the workshops will be a whole heap of fun for children of all ages.

Street Food Saturday
Grab some food at The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen or perhaps a freshly-made sweet treat from Chitty’s Cakes. There will also be a selection of street cuisine available from the Custard Factory Courtyard.

Film Fun
If you’re in need of a sit down after all the activities, The Mockingbird Cinema are showing a Guardians Of The Galaxy double bill. Sorted.
Film tickets are available online here.

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Brexit and the Irish Community

When: Friday 16th June, 16:00-18:30
Where: St. Anne’s, Alcester Street, Digbeth, B12 0PH

Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK, Dan Mulhall, will be visiting St Anne’s this Friday to answer questions on how Brexit may affect the Irish Community in Birmingham.

The session will be moderated by BIHG chairman Risteárd Sinclair. Admission is free and all are welcome; refreshments will be available.

For further information please contact

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