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The Flyover Show 18th August 2012 – MAXI PRIEST + Janet Kay, Wordsworth MC, Basil Gabbidon & more

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Saturday August 18th 2012 / Hockley Flyover (underneath), Birmingham / 12noon – 9pm
Free admission / Family friendly

The Flyover Show 2012 headliners are:

MAXI PRIEST will be headlining The Flyover Show 2012. One of the most successful solo reggae artists of all time, ‘second only to Bob Marley’, MAXI PRIEST has released 10 albums since his debut, ‘Intentions’, in 1986.

MAXI PRIEST’s globally selling singles, such as ‘Wild World’, ‘Some Guys Have All the Luck’, ‘Close to You’ and ‘That Girl’ helped disseminate reggae roots around the world.

MAXI PRIEST, alongside Paul ‘Barry Boom’ Robinson, also produced the first UK reggae track to reach No1 in Jamaica – Philip Levi’s ‘Mi God Mi King’ (1984)

Janet Kay
Returning to The Flyover Show for its 2012 event, is reggae legend and ‘queen of lovers rock’, Janet Kay. Renowned for her seminal reggae track, ‘Silly Games’, Janet Kay is the first British Black Female reggae artist to top the UK British pop charts.

Wordsworth MC
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wordsworth MC travels from the US to appear at The Flyover Show 2012. Part of ‘rap supergroup’ Emc – with Punchline, Stricklin & Masta Ace; Wordsworth has also featured on albums with Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Tribe Called Quest.

Wordsworth’s debut album, ‘Mirror Mirror’ was released in 2004; his latest, ‘The Photo Album’, was released in June 2012. Wordsworth was also involved in the critically acclaimed MTV comedy sketch series ‘Lyricist Lounge’.

Basil Gabbidon
Founding member of Birmingham born reggae group, Steel Pulse, Basil Gabbidon performs at The Flyover Show 2012. Currently touring his latest album, ‘Reggae Rockz’, the 3 time Grammy nominated Gabbidon is joined by Burning Spear bassist, Paul Beckford.

Also performing will be the MOBO Award winning Soweto Kinch, DJ Winchester, plus local rising stars Lady Leshurr and Deci4life. There will also be a specially commissioned performance from Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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THE FLYOVER SHOW 2012 / Full line up

Walking distance from Birmingham City Centre, The Flyover Show 2012 can be accessed via four subway tunnels, feeding into the location from; Soho Rd, New John St, Great Hampton St and Heaton St.

Live music, graffiti art, break dancing, food and a host of activities for all ages will be taking place from 12noon until 9pm.

The Flyover Show remains, as it has always been, a free admission and family friendly event.

For any press enquiries regarding The Flyover Show 2012, including interviews and accreditation – please contact Ed King at edking2210@gmail.com

FLYOVER SHOW 2012 – Celebrating Jamaica

The Flyover Show 2012, “celebrates the cultural contributions of Jamaica to Britain throughout its programme”, says founder Soweto Kinch.

Artists performing at the event; alongside a preceding series of workshops held in schools across the city, will explore and represent Jamaica’s influence in the UK, “both historically and as a dynamic force in contemporary culture.”

The West Midlands has the second highest concentration of British Jamaicans in the UK, particularly in the areas that join at the Hockley Flyover, such as; Handsworth, Lozells and Aston.

Birmingham is also host to the Jamaican track and field 2012 Olympic team, who will be staying and training in the city before the games.

“Jamaica, much like its athletics team, has imparted a cultural phenomena and impact far beyond its relative size as an island,” says Kinch.

“The Flyover Show 2012 will explore, through a variety of platforms, how it (Jamaica) has provided a badge of identity in the face of racial marginalization.”

Previous shows have explored other pertinent issues of race and culture; including the portrayal of women in the music industry, and positive Black male role models.

“The Flyover Show 2012 intends to continue and extend its pattern of connecting different generations through its rostra,” concludes Kinch.

The Flyover Show was created and founded by Soweto Kinch.

Soweto Kinch is an award winning musician and creative. For more information visit www.soweto-kinch.com

The Flyover Show was first held underneath the Hockley Flyover, Birmingham, in May 2008.

The Flyover Show has returned each year since 2008 at the same location.

On March 31st 2012, The Flyover Show held its first international event; a 2500 capacity sell out show in Freedom Square, Johannesburg, South Africa – http://www.theflyovershow.co.za

The Flyover Show 2012 receives funding from; Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and Marketing Birmingham.

Previous artists performing at The Flyover Show have included; Ms Dynamite, Bashy, Goldie, Omar, Janet Kaye, Akala, Andy Hamilton, Julian Joseph, Jay Phelps, Eska, Speech Debelle, Jonzi D and Why G?

The Flyover Show 2012 takes place underneath the Hockley Flyover, from 12noon to 9pm, on Saturday August 18th.


Julian Joseph will be at The Flyover Show, Hockley Circus, Birmingham 18th August 2012

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Julian Joseph is one of the leading luminaries of contemporary Jazz – and will be playing at The Flyover Show 2012 on Saturday Aug 18th.

‘One of the finest pianists to emerge this side of the Atlantic’

Julian Jospeh is a celebrated composer, band leader and broadcaster. For more on the man and the show, plus a great online interview, visit our website:


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Ed King
PR / The Flyover Show 2012

M.A.C Arts Centre Reopens it’s doors Saturday May 1st 2010

MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

At 10 o’clock on Saturday May 1st, MAC finally reopens its doors after a two-year, £15m refurbishment giving everyone the chance to join in the fun and get to know the new MAC. With three days of activities, workshops events and performances, there will be something for everyone.

Saturday will see the first members of the public entering the new purpose-built gallery to see the opening exhibition plug in. Examining Birmingham’s changing role as a global city encountering change, exhibits include pictures and artefacts from Birmingham’s manufacturing heritage, including the sign from the now demolished HP Sauce factory in Aston, a Morris Minor and photos from Stuart Whipps’s series Ming Jue documenting Rover production moving from Longbridge to Nanjing.

Members of the public have also contributed to the show, with a newly commissioned sound piece from Peter Cusack examining people’s favourite sounds of Birmingham, and the Birmingham word cloud – a visual representation of words people associate with Birmingham submitted through social media site Twitter.

In the evening the refitted theatre is hosting its first ever standing gig with Misty’s Big Adventure, Vijay Kishore and Joe Broughton and Kevin Dempsey. Retractable seating means that the theatre is

Out on the relandscaped Terrace on Sunday, critically acclaimed dance troupe Motionhouse will be conducting open rehearsals for their spectacular new piece Cascade, commissioned by mac. One of mac’s associate artists, Motionhouse will be showing off their extraordinary dance and aerial skills as they adventure into a world of water, giving visitors the chance to get a sneak preview of the show developing and put questions to the dancers and choreographer Kevin Finnan.

Monday sees the grand finale of The City Sings, an anthem for mac composed by Helen Ottaway of Artmusic, which will ring out across the city throughout the day with trumpeters, a bus load of singing school children, the Bournville Carillon and many more all joining in. At 4pm the event will culminate in a mass performance as the various groups gather from across the park to celebrate mac’s reopening.

Throughout the weekend there will also be a host of free taster sessions covering the whole range of the Learning & Participation programme, trailers and short films in the refurbished cinema and performances and workshops hosted by South Asian arts organisation Sampad.

Dorothy Wilson, Chief Executive at mac said: “Over ten years in the making, the Building Project has created a dynamic and exciting arts centre that offers vastly improved spaces for audiences and artists alike, I can’t wait to show people around this May Bank Holiday Weekend.”

Highlights of the weekend include:

Amplifying the Map – Guided Tours
Enjoy a range of distinct trails; follow a fantastic audio trail adventure or stroll from bridge to bridge on a journey made for those who care for Cannon Hill Park.

Misty’s Big Adventure, Vijay Kishore, Joe Broughton & Kevin Dempsey
Sat 1 May, 8pm £14
Misty’s Big Adventure, bring their hip hop beats, screwy jazz, pop, scratching and electric toys. They share the event with rising start Vijay Kishore alongside virtuosi of guitar and fiddle, Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton.

Creating Cascade Open Rehearsals
Sunday 2 May
Take a sneak preview of Motionhouse’s next outdoor spectacle that promises to be a display of extraordinary dance and aerial skills. Watch how the show develops and put your questions to the choreographer Kevin Finnan.

plug in
Saturday 1 May – Monday 30 August
Plug in, guest curated by artist Simon Poulter, celebrates the opening of mac’s enviable new gallery space by exploring the changing role of our home city.

The Sampad Story
Saturday 1 May – Monday 30 August
A retrospective exhibition that takes you on a journey of South Asian arts in the region since 1990, told through the eyes of the artists, audiences and communities from the past twenty years.

The City Sings, a new work written by Helen Ottaway to celebrate the re-opening of mac
Monday 3 May
Join in as musicians and singers from all over Birmingham appear together to perform in the extraordinary event.

In addition, as part of the opening weekend you will be able to find out more about our Learning and Participation programme. With a wide range of free workshops, artists workshops and artist demonstrations you can take a sneaky peek and sample what’s to come!

What’s more, throughout the weekend there will be an opportunity to re-introduce yourself to our Cinema, see some trailers and shorts and catch up on some of the films that have been released while the mac has been closed. Highlights include A Single Man, It’s Complicated and I am Love.


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Call all Artists who want to kick start a career in the creative sector

Creative Leap is a new development programme for emerging artists which will enable you to turn your creative ideas into reality…..

It is open to artists working in any artform including film and digital media, visual and performing arts, written and spoken word.

The scheme is aimed at individuals who have had limited opportunities to produce and showcase work.

Artists from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Creative Leap will offer artists the chance to:

·         Apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to develop and showcase innovative new work/projects
·         Participate in a professional development training programme working within a pool of artists
·         Work with an artform mentor to support the development of creative ideas and new work
·         Work with a career start-up mentor and receive industry information, advice and support

Creative Leap is about new work, new collaborations and new ideas to create work in both traditional and unusual spaces.  We want ideas for new work to be artist generated and led, and we’re here to discuss your ideas with you and to support you from the initial development stage through to showcasing.   We’re also here to help newer artists access or progress in the industry and to support your career development needs.

A Creative Leap introductory meeting will take place in early May and the programme will then run in part time stages with showcasing taking place between September 2010 and March 2011.

Taking part in the programme is free of charge.

To apply for a place on Creative Leap, you will need to be:

·         Over 18
·         Living or working in any of wards making up the following Birmingham constituencies :

Erdington     –  Erdington, Kingstanding, Stockland Green, Tyburn wards
Hodge Hill   –   Bordesley Green, Hodge Hill, Shard End, Washwood Heath wards
Ladywood   –  Aston, Ladywood, Nechells , Soho wards
Perry Barr   –   Handsworth Wood, Lozells & East Handsworth, Oscott, Perry Barr wards

·              The deadline to apply for a place is  Wednesday 14th April 2010

If you want  further information on Creative Leap, and to apply for a place, please contact:

Pat Dawson on 0121 446 3267 or email pat@sampad.org.uk and mention you got the details from Birmingham Music Network.

Creative Leap is a collaborative project run in partnership by sampad, Ulfah Arts and the Drum.