Past Events

 

Here is a summary of the past Echoes events
Echoes Exhibition
Thursday 22 August – Saturday 30 November 2013
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QHA
Performance without performers. A tour without a guide. An exhibition about place, pressed, stitched and spun out of the memories of the people who lived and worked in Digbeth and Highgate over the past sixty years. [more here]
uatwUp Against The Wall
Thursday 7 November 2013
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
Over a hundred people warmed themselves around the fire during an evening of digital projections, live music and discussion in celebration of Digbeth’s street art and buildings.
Untitled-1BRUM BRUM History and Memorabilia Fair
Sunday 20 October 2013
All Services Club, Moseley, Birmingham B13 9EA
The Echoes team joined over 20 heritage groups at the BRUM BRUM History and Memorabilia Fair. The afternoon was spent talking to people about Echoes, listening to people’s stories of Digbeth and Highgate and finding out about some of the other heritage projects in the area. Several people signed up for oral histories and one person donated a small archive of rent books spanning 30 years. As you would expect, cups of tea and home made cakes were plentiful.
1Yard Talk 13: The Echoes Exhibition
Saturday 19 October 2013
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
In addition to the usual cups of tea, tasty meal and discussion about local history, Yard Talk participants were taken on a VIP tour of the Echoes exhibition.
BMAGEchoes at BM&AG Exhibition
Monday 20 May – Tuesday 17 September 2013
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham B3 3DHFriction Arts’ ‘Echoes’ exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Community Gallery included augmented reality portraits of local people, that when scanned with a smart phone revealed their stories of living and working in Digbeth and Highagte over the past sixty years. It also included work by Darryl Georgiou, MSFAC, and dan Burwood. You can find out more here.
Echoes: Artist Talk 
Sunday 1 September 2013
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham B3 3DHAn opportunity to meet the artists who featured in the ‘Echoes’ exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The two-hour event included light refreshments and a tour of the show.
Yard Talk 12: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Sunday 25 August 2013
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QHYard-Talk-12-imageIn addition to our regular lunch and discussion about local history we took a short trip to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to see Friction Art’s latest exhibition ‘Echoes’. There was also an opportunity for participants to have a guided tour of the recently opened Birmingham History Gallery.
AREchoes: Augmented Reality Launch
Thursday 8 2013
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham B3 3DHFriction Arts invited people to visit The Echoes exhibition at BM&AG to try out the newly installed augmented reality portraits of local people.
Yard-Talk-11bYard Talk 11: Phrases and Sayings
Saturday 22 June 2013
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH

You’d make a better window than a door, this won’t get the baby washed, and up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire were just some of the old Brummie sayings people could remember from the past 50 years.
Blues: Is the party over?
Saturday 15 June 2013
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
BITPO-gig
Soul enthusiasts, musicians, promoters and revellers were invited to join Friction Arts for some bone-shaking Reggae beats and experience the hot and heavy atmosphere that made Blues Parties legendary in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.B:ITPO was a short programme of events that looked at the historical importance of Blues parties in Birmingham during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Specially the role they played in the African-Caribbean community.B:ITPO DiscussionA group of 30 people talked about the influence of Blues on the wider music scene and UK/Caribbean culture.B:ITPO PartyOver 60 people attended an evening of Reggae music from some local DJ legends. It was an opportunity to experience an authentic Blues Party and carry on the conversations from the afternoon’s discussion.
Yard-Talk-10-bYard Talk 10: Dens and Hideways
Saturday 18 May 2013
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
1pm-4pmDens and hideaways was the theme for Yard Talk 10. The Arts Club kids presented a short film about their dens, which helped to spark discussion within the group. The kids also built a den in the corner of the room, which was camouflaged with large paintings of trees and included its very own entrance tunnel and sofa. The kids helped to document the event by taking photographs and recording video. The regular Yard Talk participants talked about their dens and hideaways and their motivations for constructing them.
Yard Talk 9: homeYard Talk 9: Home
Saturday 20 April 2013
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH
1pm-4pmThe focus of Yard Talk 9 was ‘home’. We talked about the different types of décor and furnishings available to the working class during the 1950s, 60s and 70s and how many people’s front rooms doubled as workshops so that families could earn an extra wage via piecework. The content from the discussion, as with all Yard Talk events, will go on to inform the construction of several rooms as part of the upcoming Echoes exhibitions.

BBBFlatpack Festival: Brummies, Bruisers and Boozers
Saturday 30 March 2013
2pm-3.30pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QHOver 70 people joined Friction Arts and local resident Ray O’Donnel for a kebab and a scuffle, which included a short screening of archive footage and a discussion about gangs and underground Birmingham in the 1960s, 70s and 80s
oldhighgateonians-flyer-1_webOld Highgateonian’s Exhibition
Saturday 9 – Friday 15 March 2013
11am – 4pm

The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QHAn exhibition of old photographs, newspaper article and video footage of Highgate and from the past 100 years.The Old Highgateonians is a group of local people passionate about preserving, sharing and celebrating the history of Highgate, especially people who lived in St Martins Flats.
You can find out more on our websitewww.oldhighgateonians.co.uk 
Yard Talk 8Yard Talk 8: Highgate
Saturday 9 March 2013
1pm-4pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QHAnother opportunity for people interested in the history of Digbeth and Highgate to come together and share stories and memories. Cups of tea and Brummie stew was provided to help maintain energy levels.
old-highgateoniansYard Talk 7: Highgate
Saturday 26 January 2013
1pm-4pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QHDelivered in partnership with the Old Highagteonians, January’s Yard Talk event took a closer look at some of Highgate’s recent history. Lisa Karim brought along a huge collection of old photographs, videos and newspaper articles and talked about why the Old Highateonians are passionate about preserving their history. We were pleased to welcome representatives from St Anne’s Community Centre, Stanhope Community Centre, Birmingham Lives History Fair, and several artists and volunteers.You can find out more about the Old Highgateonians by visiting http://www.oldhighgateonians.co.uk.
Oral History Training
Thursday 10 January 2012
7pm – 9pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QH
The two-hour session provided participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their own oral history interviews. The session included a number of practical exercises and a group discussion.Interested in attending an Oral History workshop? Email info@frictionarts.com.
yard-talk-6-e-flyerYard Talk 6: Music and Anarchists and Archivists
Saturday 24 November 2012
2pm – 6pm and 7pm – Late
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QHThe theme of Yard Talk 6 was music, so we were delighted that St Anne’s choir could open the event with a medley of traditional folk songs. The session included a group discussion about the music, dances and fashion of the 60s, 70s and 80s. A warm Irish stew was on the menu and the session was closed by a guest performance from Honeyfeet, who sang traditionally Irish folks songs with the support of St Anne’s community choir. The Anarchists and Activists event, delivered in partnership with Birmingham Music Archive, followed in the evening. The session focused on Digbeth’s rich and diverse music scene in the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Richard Short presented some of his photographs from the era; MSFAC talked about the influence of West Midland’s bands on the punk scene, and Jez Collins of Birmingham Archive shared his extensive knowledge on the topic. Barry Bling and the Orchestra of Love and Chaos closed the event with an unforgettable performance, and Manchester’s finest, Honeyfeet, sang several songs from their new album.Watch Yard Talk 6 video
BingoYard Talk 5: Cinemas, Bingo and Parks
Saturday 27 October 2012
2pm – 6pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QH
Following a request from Yard Talk 4 participants, Yard Talk 5’s focused on cinemas, bingo halls and parks. Cups of tea, cakes and biscuits helped to keep everyone’s strength up for the highly competitive game of bingo that followed.
tv-and-mapYard Talk 4: Pubs
Saturday 1
2pm – 6pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QH
Bar fights, pints of ale and pub grub were just some of the things discussed during the four-hour event. Lee provided one of his famous curries and Johnny Nash delivered an impromptu performance of one of his favourite songs that he used to perform on the local club circuit.
young-ladiesYard Talk 3
Saturday 1 September 2012
2pm – 6pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QH
The session included a two hour facilitated discussion around several photographs of the area from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, kindly provided by the Birmingham History Forum. There were also plenty of cups of tea and biscuits to keep people going.
Yard TalkYard Talk 2
Saturday 21 July 2012
2pm – 6pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QH
Over 25 people attended the second Yard Talk event on Saturday 21 July. Many brought with them old photographs to be scanned and had their photographs taken with members of the group.“It’s great that we can come here and talk to each other. We didn’t know this place existed, we will be back again”.
The official launch of EchoesYard Talk 1
Saturday 7 July 2012
2pm – 6pm
The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmingham, B12 0QH
The first Yard Talk event was the official launch of the Echoes project. The session included live music from a local choir, Reggae bingo and some tasty food.