BASS FESTIVAL – Throughout June 2011

BASS Festival 2011
Various venues

The BASS festival hits its sixth year running in the city, housing a line-up that is sure to educate and blow the minds of the Birmingham masses. The UK’s only month-long celebration of black music and art, the BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds) runs throughout June offering a feast of urban culture. Following the theme of Revolution, the festival brings together a multitude of mediums all under one banner; from grime and dubstep performances to street dance, spoken word poetry and fashion events, all celebrating the revolution of urban culture. Continue reading

Diesel Island: Land of the Stupid, Home of the Brave

Get yourself down to your local Diesel store or click here because forthcoming Diesel Island looks like it’s gonna be big big news. Launched at the beginning of May, the Diesel School of Island Life will offer lucky ‘passport’ holders the chance to get involved with some amazing things, including events, parties, workshops and trips, and the best part is that they’re all completely free. Actually that’s not even the best part; there’s much more to come. Continue reading

3 Minute Heroes

If you’re in Birmingham this Saturday, drop by to The Edge (studio and headquarters of Friction Arts on Cheapside, Digbeth) and be prepared for some inspirational stuff. Projections, performances, sculpture and technology will immerse you in the world of ‘local heroes’ as you experience three-minute-long stories created by Birmingham groups, designed to commemorate the hard work of their very own hero.
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Ra!Ra!Ra! Flatpack 25.3.11

Ross Cotton hangs out at Flatpack’s Ra!Ra!Ra! event …. I couldn’t think of anything better than lounging the end of the week away on sofas, complete with cushions and homely rugs, as Grandmaster Gareth came armed with an array of Ra records and one intention, to take us all on a journey to the depths of Sun Ra’s homeland, Saturn.

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Inside Out Festival

Inside out festival
Main weekend 24-26th September, Running until 1st October.

For a weekend full of performances, fun and games, interventions and ‘art trails’ all around Digbeth, you must be part of the “Inside out festival” which takes some of the wonderful and admittedly weird happenings around the area  taking a strong focus on the theme of inside/outside and the idea of taking a day off to engage with art.

This fantastic new festival brings great art and music to ‘The Edge’ – Digbeth’s underground arts venue. A eclectic combination of international, national and local artists will produce together produce a series of artworks and performances Continue reading