OPM Expansion

Where: 9 Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5JG
When: Thursday to Saturday, 11:30-23:00 | Sunday, 11:30-22:00

Digbeth’s Original Patty Men are expanding!

We all know that OPM offer a meat fix unlike any other, and with a no-reservations policy, diners regularly queue for over an hour for a table. But from October, they’ll be able to wait next door in the comfort of the new bar, Patty Men Extra, receiving a message on their phone when a table is free.

The bar will feature craft beer as well as a small range of cocktails and will serve light snacks like grilled cheese sandwiches and charcuterie boards. Tom and Scott, the team behind OPM, want to highlight the growing microbrewing scene in Birmingham.

Having applied for a change of use and a bar licence, OPM will keep the outdoor seating area between the bar and the restaurant, and open for one more day a week – taking business from Wednesday to Sunday.

Between the two venues, at the back of the outdoor space, the owners plan to build a bakery (perhaps out of shipping crates) so they can make their own burger buns and become almost self-sufficient.

We wish the team all the best of luck, and will keep you updated with OPM news. In the meantime, you can visit the OPM website, like them on Facebook, or follow the guys on Twitter.

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Summer Market 2017

When: Saturday 10 June, 12:00–18:00
Where: The Bond Co, 180 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Entry: £2 (£1.50 with an Independent Birmingham card) – under 12s go free

Seasonal Markets are back to The Bond for their Summer Market – a one day urban festival with the best of Birmingham’s food, drink and artists.

Featuring street food traders alongside real ale, cocktails and The Little Gin Company. There’s also an indoor market hall with over 30 artisan food producers and local artists and designers, entertainment for the kids, and live DJs. All in all, a perfect way to spend a Saturday in summer!

Visit the website or Facebook event page for more information. Like Seasonal Markets on Facebook here.

Streetfood traders include: The Bournville Waffle Company, Open Sesame, The Middle Feast, The Jabberwocky, Buddha Belly, Homeboys, Low ‘N’ Slow, and Leave it to Esmie.

Arts line-up: Sarah Ray, Known as Unknown, Kimberley Simone, Dotmoth Studio, Stained and Fused Glass Art, Curate, Hannah Stevens Illustration, Automaton Ceramics, Lily & Giraffe, How Brave is the Wren, Rolling Roses, Upsydaisy Craft, Tatie Lou, Kitty & Min, Lulu In Stitches, PrettyPolitical, CraftyBun Studio, and The Peaky Squirrel.

The food market will feature: Peel and Stone, BAKE, Pip’s Hot Sauce, Jam Vs Custard, Sarah’s Feisty Flavours, Buzzards valley, Barrel & Bone, Baladee, and The May Bakery.

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Birmingham Irish Heritage Group – June 2017

When: Wednesday 7th JUNE, 19:15 onwards
Where: The Connaught Bar (upstairs), Irish Centre Birmingham, High Street, Digbeth, B12 0NL
Tickets: Free for members, £3.50 for non-members

This month, the Birmingham Irish Heritage Group invites you all to a presentation from one of their members, Maureen Slattery-Marsh.

Entitled No Ordinary Women: Some Hidden Stories of Ireland’s Female Activists of the Revolutionary Years, 1900-1923, Maureen’s talk sheds much-needed light on the considerable role played by women in the fight for Irish freedom before, during and after the Rising.

Please see the flyer below for more information, or visit the BIHG website.

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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 5th June
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

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

Tuesday 6th June Helena Kay Trio
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – The Button Band

Thursday 8th June
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 10th June
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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Cine Cubano for Cuba

When: Sunday 18 June, 16:30-22:30
Where: Mockingbird Cinema, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

Cine Cubano is a group that meets on a quarterly basis to celebrate Cuban culture, and raise awareness and funds for the UK charity The Music Fund for Cuba.

Go along to the Mockingbird on Sunday 18 June to enjoy a Cuban film, food and cocktails, with live Cuban music, Cuban dance lessons and social dancing with DJ.

June’s film is The Black Roots of Salsa, which will be screened from 17:00. The film includes interviews and music/dance sequences with world famous protagonists of the cultural scene in Cuba.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page. To keep up to date with future events, like Cine Cubano on Facebook, or visit the Meet Up website here.

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Eastside Projects – June 2017 News and Events

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POWER FOLK 4 Festival

When: Sunday 11 June 2017, from 15:00
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Tickets: £7 on the door (£5 concessions) All proceeds go to the Ensemble tour fund

The UK’s biggest folk band, The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, mark their 20th anniversary year with a new album, Painted, and a series of special appearances including their very own POWER FOLK 4 Festival, taking place at The Spotted Dog on 11 June.

Formed in 1997 at Birmingham’s prestigious Conservatoire by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton, the band’s touring line-up features a stage-busting 50 members.Their increasingly popular live appearances – especially at festivals such as Shambala and Kendal Calling – have left audiences ecstatic and even moved to tears. It’s a powerful and joyful live show, like nothing you’ve seen before!

The POWER FOLK 4 Festival takes place in Digbeth on Sunday 11 June 2017, and coincides with the release of The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble’s first album Painted.

For more information, see the website, Twitter, Facebook, or The Spotted Dog events page. Be warned: there is limited space, so you are advised to arrive on time!

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Birmingham Fashion Festival

When: Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 June, 10:00-20:00 | Sunday 25 June, 11:00-17:00
Where: The Market Hall, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Free entry

This June, the Market Hall at the Custard Factory will play host to a plethora of designers and exhibitors.

The Birmingham Fashion Festival promises to be the most exciting fashion event to ever hit Birmingham, with four days of beauty, fashion and shopping.

Designed for consumers and business owners who thrive on what’s hot in the ever-evolving world of fashion, BFF will bring together many of the industry’s finest emerging and established designers, accessories and fashion brands.

For more information, see the BFF website, Facebook or Instagram.

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Club Integral Midlands Branch

When: Friday 2nd June 2017, 20:00
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
Tickets: £5 on the door (cheaper online in advance here)

This Digbeth First Friday, join the Midlands Branch of Club Integral at The Edge.

Featuring live music from Sean O’Hagan, Seikou Susso, Bethany Kay, and The Happy Couple, alongside poetry from John Row, the first storyteller in residence in a British prison.

There will also be delicious South African foods on sale, courtesy of Ubuntu Bakery. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

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Unlocking The Warehouse

Birmingham Friends of the Earth have launched a Community Share Offer to to carry out a large scale refurbishment of their building in Digbeth – The Warehouse.

Ben Mabbett, a volunteer and trustee of BFOE, and friend of Digbeth Residents Association, explains why this is an important project below.

BFOE have worked together with DRA in the past, and they regularly host Digbeth First Friday events in Digbeth Community Garden at the rear of The Warehouse. We would encourage as many of our members as possible to support this project as much as they can!

BFOE have been in The Warehouse for 40 years, using it as their hub from which to campaign on environmental issues. The Warehouse is also home to The Warehouse Cafe, Sprocket Cycles, Natural Healthy Foods, along with a host of other social organisations.

The Warehouse is an old Victorian building that requires renovation, to not only make it more energy efficient, but to also make it more accessible for patrons with disabilities. The planned work would enable The Warehouse to sustainably fund itself, freeing BFOE to work more on campaigning to make Birmingham a more hospitable city.

We want to raise £240,000 of which £100,000 would be match invested from Co-ops UK. In return for your investment, we are offering a rate of return higher than most ISAs. In Year 2 we aim to pay 1% interest; 2% interest in Year 3; 3% interest in Year 4; the rate of return would be reviewed in Year 5.

Please check out our Crowdfunder page which has a full share offer document. if you are impressed by our plans and can afford to, then please do invest in the BFOE Community Share Offer by Friday 2 June 2017.

Thank you!

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