For our 2019 edition, Birmingham Weekender is setting up home in Digbeth where we shine a light on the city's independent arts scene.
Digbeth is fast-developing a reputation as the coolest place to be. In this post-industrial area - just a short walk from the Bullring and Moor Street Station – contemporary art galleries, music venues, artists’ studios, street food, cafes, restaurants and even an independent cinema rub shoulders with small industrial businesses and university buildings.
The result is an area that always feels vibrant, interesting and well, yes, maybe just a little gritty (and that’s why we like it).
When in Digbeth, the first place to visit is the Custard Factory, now home to a thriving scene of independent shops and restaurants (try Baked in Brick for amazing pizza and Kanteen for lunches) and the Mockingbird Cinema, Digbeth’s only independent screen.
Cross the road for Digbeth Dining Club, Birmingham’s famous centre for all things street food.
As you walk down Heath Mill Lane, stop off at Eastside Projects, which was one of the first contemporary art venues to set up in Digbeth.
Continue your art explorations in Minerva Works on Fazeley Street, home to no less than four galleries: Grand Union, Vivid Projects, Centrala and Stryx.
Stop and take a breather on the bank of the Grand Union canal, or pop over to Dig Brew, Digbeth’s independent brewery and tap room for some cold refreshment.
Over at Millennium Point, visit Birmingham’s science museum Thinktank, and just a little further is the new state-of-the-art concert hall at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Pop into the vintage shops on Digbeth High Street and look out for STEAMhouse, the new creative space run by Birmingham City University.
Finally, make your way up to the Bullring markets and pop into BOM for exhibitions, art and technology.