Digbeth First Friday March 2019

Friday 1st March

6pm until late

Come along to Digbeth First Friday this month for more surprising events and culture in unexpected places. Just a few of the things you can expect this month are; an opera performance happening in a brewery, artists behind bars, a gala jubilee and a student exhibition in a concept store.

Plan your night here:

Grand Union: Infinite Opera Performance for drye eyes happening at Dig Brew Taproom


Join Grand Union at Dig Brew tap room for a newly-commissioned performance by Birmingham-based opera troupe Infinite Opera in response to Lauren Gault’s exhibition, drye eyes, exploring sound and performance as a formal object.


Centrala: The Digital Diaspora


Performances at 7pm and 9pm

Digital Diaspora is a group exhibition organised in collaboration with Centrala, Short Circuit Project and Studio 44. Zoe Aiano / Anna Jochymek / Tamara Kametani / Jens Masimov

Through performative action, immersive and interactive measures, artists’ work directly responds to the current socio-political climate of the continent addressing key issues of migration, borders, territory, cultural identity, belonging and isolation. Most artists in the exhibition reveal a deeply personal connection to their work through direct associations with their cultural backgrounds, personal histories or relationships cultivated over many years of ethnographic research.

Join artist Jens Masimov to activate the new work ‘Mapping Through Network Technologies’, a home server acting as a virtual headspace wherein a reality and a simulation intertwine.

Eastside Projects: Ain Bailey Performance: Five Car Train to Freemont


performance at 7pm

Join Eastside Projects for Digbeth First Friday with a performance by Ain Bailey. This new performance Five Car Train to Freemont responds to composer Jockel Liess’ work “irregular atmospheric motion”, sampling composition alongside field recordings from San Francisco and Oakland. The performance first debuted at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, as part of Ain’s “Congregation” recent artist residency.

Recent Activity: Nomadic Vitrine presents Aimee Parrott


Recent Activity present a new iteration of Nomadic Vitrine, featuring work by Aimee Parrott

Bene Culture: Error 404 by Babs Collective


Bene Culture’s next Art event of 2019 is the showcase of Birmingham based collective Babs Collective.

Babs Collective are a 10 piece illustration collective who study illustration at BCU Arts.

Impact Hub: PMT Postcard Show


Join Impact Hub for an open call exhibition showcasing creative submissions by women – cis or trains, femmes, non-binary people (enby) – in the form of postcards.

A first for Impact Hub Birmingham, they will be joining Digbeth First Friday and as a venue on Birmingham’s Art Map this month, experimenting with how multi-purpose collaborative spaces can be a home for visual arts programming.

Curated by Louise Byng and Danni Ebanks-Ingram, the exhibition forms part of alternative International Women’s Day festival PMT (Powering the Matriarchy Together), now in its third year.

Vivid Projects: Black Hole Club 2019 launch

Join Vivid Projects for the launch of Black Hole Club 2019, featuring a new cohort of 19 artists working across technology, film, sound and performance based practices.

Ambie Drew / Andy Webster / Bex Ilsley / Carol Breen / Christopher D. Ansell / Dan Auluk / Dean Wellings / Dinosaur Kilby / Gemma Jones / Hannah Taylor / Helen Kilby-Nelson / James Dooley / Larissa E. Shaw / Libby Cufley / Liz Ord / Matthew Evans / Navi Kaur / Rosa Francesca / Tony McClure

The Edge: The Trickledown Society: A Posh Event


£5 suggested donation on the door

Join The Trickledown Society for its first ever Annual Gala Jubilee at the Edge, an inclusively exclusive night of sumptuous high-end entertainment, provided at the expense of local plebs and artists!

Featuring dazzling performances from: Foolsize Theatre, The Diva, Lynnebec, as well as a private view of international artist Klaus Winklegrover’s new blockbuster exhibition ‘Play With Me’. Drinks and canapes will be available.

Come and indulge in this multi-artform happening and experience the decadence provided in the last days of consumer capitalism.

Fierce Festival: Artists Behind Bars at The Quantum Centre


£5 from the Fierce website or on the door.
Skint list available, email office@wearefierce.org

Artists Behind Bars is an event concocted by Kitty Finer that brings together artists to build, install, host, and run their own bars. For one night shift only, the bar is the work of art, the artist is the bartender, and the spectator is the punter.

Join us for this legendary event to try drinks specially developed by some of the region’s most exciting artists, from behind their bespoke bars, then join us on the dance floor till the small hours. WARNING: it will get messy.