August’s Digbeth First Friday brings together an eclectic mix of food, art, performance, poetry and more! The Real Junk Food Project and Naked Lungs join Digbeth Community Garden for their Pop-up Poetry Café.

Eastside Projects opens its doors for the public to see new works by members and over at Minerva Works join the galleries for readings, music and live performances. It’s The Big One for regular Digbeth First Friday contributors Home For Waifs And Strays, so join them for an amazing night to remember with their huge host of artists, DJs and performers.

On offer this month:

Digbeth Community Garden: Pop-up Poetry Café, 6–10pm

The Real Junk Food Project and Naked Lungs have combined to create an evening of food, words, music and drinking. Food will be provided as always by the lovely people at The Real Junk Food Project and will be on a strictly pay as you feel basis.

Centrala: PIND and Sun! Zoom! Spark!, 6pm–late

Centrala – PIND and Sun

 An immersive night of oscillations, soundtracked from the deep end of kosmische, radiophone electro and punitive psychedelia. Along with optikinetics, alpha waves and DJ’s Delia (Outer Sight), Daphne (Sugarfoot Stomp) and special guest DJ Desmond.

There will be a great atmospheric cocktail bar infused with everything Eastern European, serving specialties such as apple pie martini.


Fay Nicolson ends her solo exhibition OVER AND OVER PURE FORM with a reading of fragments from her on-going text of the same name. This playful text uses the exercise and Instruction to frame the relationship between the reader and listener/teacher and student. Begins at promptly at 7pm.

HFWAS: The Big One, 7pm–midnight

Join Home For Waifs And Strays for their last event in Unit 9 before it becomes a wedding dress shop, ending its’ brief but rich life as an art space for all things live and wonderful.

Rejoice with HFWAS in one last dance, a send off to remember with DJ’s, live performance, the launch of the Birmingham Bullrider, prizes to win and treasures to purchase, cocktails (or home made mead if you prefer) and dancing ’til late.

dff_vivid_projectsVivid Projects: I Am A Strange Loop, 7–9pm

Black Hole Club presents I Am A Strange Loop, an evening of installations and live performances exploring feedback loops, recursion and sampling for Digbeth First Friday.

Eastside Projects: ESP Summer Camp and Film Open, 6–9pm

Eastside Projects’ Summer Camp will open its doors to the public for an ad-hoc open-studio-meets-collaborative-exhibition event. Meet the artists, see what they have been up to and immerse yourself in a programme of new moving image work.

– Maps with details of all events will be available online at www.digbethfirstfriday.com

Digbeth Community Garden: 54-57 Allison Street, B5 5TH, 6–10pm

Centrala: Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT, 6–11pm

Grand Union: Unit 19, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS. 6–8pm

HFWAS: Unit 9 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS. 7pm–midnight

Vivid Projects: Unit 16, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS, 7–9pm

Eastside Projects: 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 9AR, 6–8pm

– Digbeth First Friday launched in May 2014 and takes place on the First Friday of each month. The next event will be on 4 September 2015.

– Digbeth First Friday is produced by a group of Digbeth-based arts organisations who are working together to create a critical mass of events and allow visitors to discover the exciting independent culture this unique part of Birmingham offers.