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Birmingham city culture is

what we are trying to show you in our own styles and personalitys in this

edition of Open and close. Rub away the sleep and realise that your in a strange city, with just your mind to take you forward. Purpleblooz


The word on the street. Since i came to Birmingham, the area that i have to visit is Digbeth. I was intruiged and interested in exploring this art fuelled area. As i explored the area with mass amounts of character, i came across many things that had me constantly stopping.

I then ran into a local skateboarder that i questions and quizzed about the city of Birmingham...simply because i am new to the city and i want as much knowledge about the city as i can get. Different peoples views and opinions on the city

certainly gives me a greater feel for the different cultures to expect from the various interesting parts of Brum city.


Birmingham city culture is

what we are trying to show you in our own styles and personalitys in this

edition of Open and close. Rub away the sleep and realise that your in a strange city, with just your mind to take you forward. Purpleblooz


When I was in Digbeth, I met Ben...


Meet Ben. Hi Ben.

Ben kindly let me photography him and ask him a few questions after that. Personally, if I were him I woulda said no and rolled away on my four cool skateboard wheels...whilst standing on the board.

What’s cool about Digbeth? Digbeth is

cool because it’s a shitty area with a lot of small businesses investing in it. The rainbow clubs have slowly filled a street, clubs and bars keep opening and reinvesting, loads of music studios, galleries and Zen (in your photos) emanating awesome.

Are there any other cool places like Digbeth? Nah, Digbeth is pretty unique.

There are no other places in Birmingham I can think of from the top of my head where the art culture is so open and welcome to the public, but at the same time have its own community within which really appreciates and respects the area.

Is Birmingham a good city for art?

There are so many insular micro scenes scattered everywhere it’s hard to know what’s going on and what’s going to be good.

What do you like the most about Birmingham? Word doesn’t move so

fast here but when you do stumble on something it’s usually pretty different from everything else going on apart from the obligatory dubstep. Cheers man.


Getting to grip

Getting to grips with this all. The surroundings in Birmingham are not what I am familiar with, but the industrial history is interesting and intriguing to me. With what seems to an ever changing cityscape, living with the older buildings is certainly aesthetically challenging to look at.

But that is what is cool about it all, the current and the old, the contemporary mixed with the past.The culture within Birmingham is diverse, with many different areas crawling with different ethnicities, unique cultural goods (food, antiques and objects) and interesting art depending where you look.


ps with things “All I’m going to say is...Birmingham should be the first city. The capital should be here.” ...I don’t know how I feel about this comment, but it did make me think.



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