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Digbeth First Friday

Digbeth, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B5 6DY
Digbeth First Friday


Digbeth comes alive on the first Friday of each month with exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more.

With different things to see and do each month anything could happen on a First Friday night out.

Digbeth First Friday runs from 6pm ‘til late and event times vary. We recommend you check the listings in advance so you can make the most of your evening. Maps are available online a few days before the event and at participating venues on the day.

On offer this month:  


Cashpot Amusements: RABBIT IN THE HEADLIGHT, 6-9pm
A situation where there is an impending threat. It’s imminent, but there is still time to take some kind of action to avoid it. Yet the shock of noticing the threat seems to paralyse the threatened party in a state of inaction, focused entirely on worrying about the threat and not at all on doing something practical about it. The threat involved may be trivial. 
Doing 90
Looking at the headlights
It’s like a passing-on of information 
From an ever expanding eye 
It might stare back
Loud diesel-haze and an artificial glare, that
Even cuts through the exhaust
Closing your second eyelid
You see your phosphenes
Keep them open
The headlights returned your gaze

Curated by: 
Jim O’Raw & Elvin Sanders.

Centrala: Borders – Studio 44 Exhibition, 6pm-late 
Borders is an exhibition project, part of ongoing cultural exchange between Studio 44, an artist-run gallery in Stockholm and Centrala in Birmingham, addressing discourses on “University and division”.
Participating artists: Jannike Brantås, Mariana Ekner, Rikard Fåhraeus, Kjell Hansson, Mats Landström, Monika Masser, Helena Norell, Katarzyna Piorek, Anna Stina Rehnström, Alexandra Skarp, Peter Varhelyi, Nina Wedberg Thulin & Peter Wiklund.

Cheap Cheap: GEEZER, 8.30–11pm 
"Poor quality blokecore from Nottingham."
Gig starts at 9pm 

Eastside Projects: Exhibition Late Opening, 6-8pm
Join us for a special late opening of our current exhibitions: Weakest Link by Lady Skollie and Unreal Estate by Sofia Niazi.

Grand Union Gallery: Screening of Dyfodiaith + Q&A with artist Paul Eastwood, 
Dyfodiaith is a video work that explores wild tongues and severed tongues, and the historic and future context of indigenous languages in the UK. Paul Eastwood is a Wrexham-based artist with a practice that explores art as a form of social production and cultural storytelling. As a Welsh speaker working in collaboration with linguist Ll?r Titus and composer Samuel Barnes, the narrative of Dyfodiaith is sung in a speculative language based on the ancient Brythonic language, as if the Brythonic language has remained alive, evolving throughout the centuries. 

Recent Activity: SNOB – a new solo exhibition by Rosie McGinn, 6–8pm
Recent Activity present an exhibition of new work by Rosie McGinn.

Stryx: SHORE, 6-9pm
Stryx presents a group exhibition by three Quebec based artists Caroline Gagné, Anne-Marie Proulx and Nadia Myre, as part of Quebec City Biennial international exchange. 
Exhibition is supported by Arts Council England, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), Canada Council for the Arts, Entente de Développement Culturel (Ville de Québec), Manif d’art and Ikon Gallery. Open to public 2/11 - 20/12 (Wednesday - Saturday 12pm - 4pm) including an evening opening on Friday 6/12 6pm - 9pm

Vivid Projects: Kimberlin Duncan Whitley with Abul Mogard, 7-8.30pm
Kimberlin is an experimental film based on the discovery of an underground cinema cavern on Portland, an island connected to England’s mainland by a long pebble causeway known as the Chesil Beach. The uncanny discovery and subsequent breaking news begin to generate speculation amongst islanders as to who created the cavern and the cannisters of super-8mm film found within it. 

Filmed on Portland in the months following the United Kingdom’s European Union membership referendum and scored with Abul Mogard’s dense, layered Farfisa organ tones, Kimberlin takes the viewer on a journey imbued with an ambiguous sense of (be)longing and loneliness.


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