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Soweto Kinch talks about taking The Flyover Show to South Africa on 31st March 2012

Soweto Kinch talks about taking The Flyover Show to South Africa on 31st March 2012

UK hip-hop artist Soweto Kinch will host a groundbreaking show featuring a diverse and brilliant line-up in Freedom Square on 31st March 2012. Among the artists that have confirmed their appearance at the Flyover Show are Tumi from Tumi and the Volume, Soweto Kinch and band, Feya Faku, ESKA, Jonzi D, Bokani Dyer, DJ Raiko, Yugen Blakrok, Gin-I Grindith, Robo The Technician, Hymphatic Thabs, and the Kliptown Youth Program Gumboot Dancers.

Kinch, one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip-hop scenes, will bring his iconic festival from the streets of Birmingham to the streets of the township he shares his name with – Soweto. The Flyover Show is Kinch’s project and has been a day-long, music and arts festival that has taken place for five years in its unusual setting beneath a flyover in Birmingham, UK.

The Birmingham festival has featured artists as diverse as Goldie, Akala and Omar and continues to build on its reputation, bringing world class entertainment to an often forgotten corner of Birmingham.

This year the show will not only take place in Birmingham, but in the historic Freedom Square – also known as the Walter Sisulu Square of dedication in Kliptown, Soweto.

“Freedom Square is in many ways the most natural place to extend the concept of The Flyover Show. I have both a deep artistic and personal connection to Johannesburg and I’m really excited about expanding this concept there,” said Kinch, who is also an award winning alto-saxophonist.

“As an area with rich historic and often unappreciated traditions it has much similarity with the areas in Birmingham where the show originated,” he added. More

The Flyover Show Freedom Square, Soweto, South Africa 31st March 2012 FREE 10am to 6pm

The Flyover Show Freedom Square, Soweto, South Africa 31st March 2012 FREE 10am to 6pm

The Flyover Show FLYER FRONT 31st March 2012: Freedom Square, South Africa

In the days of early apartheid rule half a century ago, on 26 June 1955, over 3 000 representatives of resistance organisations made their way through police cordons to gather on a dusty square in Kliptown, Soweto, 40km south of Johannesburg.

This was the Congress of the People, who met to draw up the Freedom Charter, an alternative vision to the repressive policies of the apartheid state.

At the time, Nelson Mandela had to stay concealed to avoid the police. On the second day, the authorities broke up the gathering, but not before the charter was adopted as a guide document. It remains the cornerstone of African National Congress (ANC) policy to this day, and is seen by many as the foundation of South Africa’s 1996 Constitution.

That dusty field has now been declared a national heritage site, and on 26 June 2005 President Thabo Mbeki lit a flame of freedom in Kliptown to mark the opening of the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication – and 50 years of the Freedom Charter.

The Flyover Show 31st March 2012:

Hip-Hop artist and award winning alto-saxophonist, Soweto Kinch, will host a groundbreaking show featuring a diverse and brilliant line-up in the historic Freedom Square on 31st March 2012. Among the artists that have confirmed their appearance at the Flyover Show are Tumi from Tumi and the Volume, Soweto Kinch and band, Feya Faku, ESKA, Jonzi D, Bokani Dyer, DJ Raiko and the Kliptown Youth Program Gumboot Dancers. More

Line Up for The Flyover Show, South Africa, 31st March 2012

Line Up for The Flyover Show, South Africa, 31st March 2012

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The full line up for The Flyover Show Freedom Square in South Africa on 31st March will be announced shortly.

For those of you who can’t wait, we can confirm some of the line up so far. The following Artists have confirmed they will be appearing on 31st March 2012

Tumi
Soweto Kinch and band
Feya Faku
Eska
Jonzi D
Bokani Dyer
DJ Raiko
Kliptown Youth Program Gumboot Dancers

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Artsfest request Applications from Performing and Digital Artists – Closing date Friday May 28th 2010

ArtsFest, Birmingham will run from 10th -12th September 2010

We are very pleased to announce that applications for ArtsFest 2010 for performing and digital artists are now open. Applications for visual artists will open next week, week beginning 10th May and close 28th May 2010.

To apply please log onto the website: www.artsfest.org.uk

Mid way down the homepage there is a link to the performing and digital arts applications forms.  Please click on the link for the form you wish to complete.

You will then be directed to guidelines to help you complete your application, and by entering your email address where requested, you will then be directed to your application form.

Once you have entered your email address, you will receive an email containing a unique link to your application form. Using the save buttons at the bottom of each page in the application, you can save your application part way through completion of it.  Then by clicking on the link in the email, you can return to your application at another time. This means that you do not have to complete your application in one sitting, but can complete it in several sittings if you wish, provided you do so by the closing date of 6pm, Friday 28th May.

If you are having difficulty completing your application, please remember to look at the information, hints and tips given when you click on the blue

Information symbols that appear throughout the application form.  If you have a query not answered by this information then please contact us on 0121 464 5678 or by emailing artsfest at birmingham.gov.uk.

ArtsFest receives large numbers of applications from artists each year and to assist the efficiency of our administration processes we ask that wherever possible you complete your application on-line.  If for any reason however you are unable to do this and would like to request an email, hard copy, or large print version of the application form then please do so by telephone or email at the details above.

We look forward to receiving applications from all involved with The Music Network

ArtsFest
Birmingham City Council
Events Section
C/O Manor House
40 Moat Lane
Digbeth
Birmingham
B5 5BD
0121 464 5678
artsfest at birmingham.gov.uk
www.artsfest.org.uk
ArtsFest 10th -12th September 2010