Digbeth First Friday is back for 2017 providing the city of Birmingham with its monthly fix of culture. Expect a jam-packed evening of late night openings, performances, politics, disco dancing, spoken word, premiere punk and lots, lots more. Once again Brum Radio will be covering the event, speaking to artists and organisers involved in this month’s programme and hosting a new artwork transmitted over the radio at brumradio.com. This month artist Mike Harvey will be presenting ‘L for I’, a work that sits with flash photography, 3 minute bursts, bedroom dancing, clubland gurning & walks up home. Tune in at 5.30pm to listen to Mike’s work and hear him talk about the ideas that inform his practice.

Visible from the streets of Digbeth, this First Friday K4 Architects are presenting The Modern Gazetteer, a critical visual exploration of some of Birmingham’s lost spaces created by Birmingham City University. Minerva Works are kick starting the year with new exhibitions and one-off performances. Start off at Grand Union where they will be marking the opening of their new exhibition ‘Hand and Mind’ with an evening of performances that test the connection between the realms of speech and gesture. Vivid projects are hosting the opening night of GESTALT, a curatorial residency based at THE WIG by Alex Billingham.

Stryx are beginning the year by reflecting on the events of 2016. #SorrynotSorry is an exhibition of work that attempts to make sense of a shocking and intensely problematic 2016, where ‘post truth’ became the norm, Brexit was established and Donald Trump became the future president of the USA. End your circuit of Minerva Works at Centrala to see their new exhibition ‘Seventeen’ featuring work by three Russian female artists, Olga Grotova, Nika Neelova and Yelena Popova. Artist Wayne Burrow will also be providing dancing opportunities with an Eastern Bloc Disco featuring soul, rock, psychedelia, pop, folk and more.

Warm up at Eastside Projects with warm Nicolas Deshayes sculptures and an exclusive hot chai recipe from ‘Production Show’ artist Jasleen Kaur. The main gallery will be open late for another chance to see their recently opened exhibition ‘Production Show: Building/Developing/Testing’. There will also be new sound works being broadcast from the gallery façade into the streets of Digbeth created by Syllabus II artists including Mira Calix, Faye Claridge, Mike Harvey, E. Jackson, Tyler Mallison and Tom Smith. End your evening with poetry and punk at The Edge. Birmingham’s Premier Skiffle Punk band are coming to The Edge at long last. Expect political commentary, tight rhythm and well needed chaos, The Prodigal Scum will be rubbing us up the wrong way in the best possible sense.

For full details about this months Digbeth First Friday visit www.digbethfirstfriday.com and catch the Digeth First Friday Radio Show with Blake Woodham tomorrow at 5pm on Brum Radio.

Emma McKinney

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