Fringe Culture!

Coleen Martin

Coleen Martin

By Pat Murphy Wright, Cultural Development Coordinator, Irish in Birmingham

Come and celebrate Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival with us – you will find a wealth of free cultural events taking place from Friday 7th March to the 17th March in venues around Digbeth that will warm your heart & soul.

Showcasing Art within our senior schools there will be an exhibition in the South & City College Fusion Centre from six local schools. You can view from 7th to 10th March 10am to 4pm.

Saturday 8th sees the market area in Edgbaston Street come alive with the sounds of traditional Irish music, a poem or two and Irish dancers. This will take place from 1pm to 3pm. You will also be able to pick up a copy of the 2104 brochure giving details of all of the events going on over the Festival period.

We all love photos from the past, so from Monday 10th March to 17th March there will be a photo exhibition covering the parade over the years – come along and see if you can spot yourself or someone you know! It’s taking place in the Dome area of the Custard Factory which is behind Yumm Café. Viewing times are 9am to 5pm.

If you like a story then you won’t to miss a one off performance from legendary storyteller Clare Murphy; with something as simple as a shawl Clare will take you on a journey through the myths & legends of Ireland changing from a banshee to a pooka. Clare will be performing on Tuesday 11th March in the Auditorium in the Custard Factory at 7.30pm.

Tionol na h-oige means ‘young gathering’ in the Irish language and that is what will be happening on Wednesday 12th March in the Auditorium in the Custard Factory from 6pm to 9pm. Talented young people from local senior schools come together to perform a music, dance & drama event.

Do you have a favourite Irish poem or story? Can you sing or play an instrument? Whether you want to take part of just sit and enjoy the evening there will be a big welcome awaiting you at The Old Crown in Digbeth on Thursday 13th March from 7.30pm for the Big Irish Night.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing our rich cultural heritage.

For information on any of the events listed above call Pat on 07966 580606 or email