On Saturday night I finally managed to get to Ort in Balsall Heath. Having only opened in November, the space has already caused quite a stir with its scrummy food and varied programme of events. I went to the space for a jazz night and was delighted to find the space cozy, cool and packed to the gunwales. If there had been a few more turtle necks I may have thought I’d stepped back into the early 60s.
Run by Ridhi Kalaria, Josephine Reichert and Noemi, three artists and philosophers, the space runs as a cafe in the day and bar at night as well as being a community centre where people can gain access to information about the area and events, meet new people, gain knowledge and skills. Ort provides free space for meetings and there is also a gallery space within the cafe that allows people to exhibit their work free of charge. All the profits from drinks and cakes go towards organising more events and maintaining the space. I have particularly been impressed that language lessons are taking place in the space. Take a look at the website for their full programme. I think I may have found my new favourite place.