On Sunday 24 March, Rachael and I braved the snow to head to the exciting Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza at the stunning Fazeley Studios in Digbeth. We were really excited about going to this wedding fayre, especially as it is the kind of pop-up event that characterises Digbeth’s creative community. Fazeley Studios is a beautiful venue. It was built in the nineteenth century as a Unitarian Chapel and now it hosts all kinds of events, including weddings, so it was the perfect place to showcase the wonderful designs and creative stalls that were being exhibited. We could have easily spent much more time looking at the stalls to design our perfect weddings but luckily we met lots of friendly people who kindly gave us their time to talk about Digbeth. We met a range of people, some that love Digbeth for its creative community, as well as some who felt that it hasn’t yet reached its full potential. There were quite a few visitors for whom it was their first time in Digbeth, so it was interesting to hear their impressions of the area.
Liliia’s bespoke dress designs, inspired by Pre-Raphaelite art – the designer of these dresses and event co-organiser, Vikki, told us that this venue was perfect for displaying her designs.
One of the lovely vintage dresses being modelled during the fashion show and some of the brilliant cakes and hats on display.
Chris Barber photography – Chris and his girlfriend gave us their thoughts about Digbeth, knowing the area well and working there.
The event was a great opportunity to meet people that live, work and socialise in Digbeth. We captured some great stories and anecdotes about the area and were able to spread the word about Digbeth Speaks.
Lauren Dudley, Project Volunteer