The last Digbeth First Friday of 2014

Kick-­start your festive celebrations with another jam‐packed Digbeth First Friday full of the great independent  culture this unique part of Birmingham has to offer.

With a wide variety of late night treats to choose from you can dip into exhibition openings and book launches, experience live music and special film screenings, bag a bargain Christmas pressie and party the night away having  filled up on streetfood, mulled wine, mince pies and much more.

Guaranteed to get you in the festive mood – here’s what we’ve got in store for you this month:

digbeth-double2posterDigbeth Doubles:

Dali Double at The Spotted Dog. 8–11pm, Free

Shown in 1985 on Channel 4 taped on VHS and presented complete with original adverts, Hello Dali! (1973) is a long forgotten documentary of enlightening hilarity and unrelenting Dali-isms followed by a talk by Joss Walker, doctor of philosophy, then wrapped up with surreal classic Un Chien Andalou.

Vivid Projects:

Flatpack Film Festival presents La Jetée and Sci-­fi Shorts, with new music by LARVA.

From 5.30–9pm Vivid Projects presents an evening of live music and film. They kick off with SciFi shorts before  LARVA create a live score to accompany La Jetée, Chris Marker’s famed black and white science fiction ‘photo-­roman’. In Unit 2 John Bradburn and Michael Lightborne present a new audio visual installation.

Eastside Projects:

New Music and Table Top Art Sale, 6–8pm

From 6–8pm hear students from the Birmingham Conservatoire perform new compositions inspired by Susan  Philipsz’s installation and browse for Christmas goodies from Grand Union, Millington Marriot and Two Queens  amongst others at the Black Pleasure table-­top art sale. The bar will be open and selling various mulled beverages,  alcoholic and otherwise, to keep you warm on a wintry.

Rope Press:

Neon  Noir  book  launch,  6–9pm

From 6–9pm Rope Pres  bookshop in the Jubilee Centre are launching the special risograph edition of comic book Neon Noir. This visually stunning crime graphic novel short by duo Jonathan O’lyon and Michael Kennedy will be available to buy with 10% off on the night.

Polish Expats Association:

Finisage of ‘Now and Then’, 6.30–11pm

Especially extended for Digbeth First Friday this exhibition showcases three generations of Polish video artists, showing films which record the socio-political changes that have taken place in Poland during the last fifty years.digbeth first friday

Grand Union:

Magic City Christmas Party, 8pm–3am

End the evening at Grand Union for the best festive party night of the year. With Christmas cocktails, music until late,  a special Santa’s Grotto, Robot reindeer races and lots of arty surprises to be won in their Christmas raffle, this is definitely a night not to be missed.


Friday 5th December, 5.30 until late

Maps with details of all events will be available online at: 

Eastside Projects: 86 Heathmill Lane, B9 4AR. 6–8pm. Free

Rope Press: The Jubilee  Centre/ Unit 108, 130 Pershore Street, B5  6ND

Vivid Projects: Unit 2 & 16, Minerva Works, B5  5RT

Polish Ex Pats Association: Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT. 6.30 – 11pm

Grand Union: UNIT 19, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS. 8pm–3am. 

Digbeth Doubles: The Spotted Dog,104 Warwick St, Digbeth, B12 0NH. 8–11pm. Free