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MAD Festival : Kidderminster’s first Music + Arts+ Dance Festival 28th – 29th September 2012

Kidderminster’s first ever :

Music + Arts+ Dance Festival

28th – 29th September 2012

2 Days on a beautiful site, 15 minutes from Kidderminster town centre, free camping.
5 stages, live bands, dance tent, cabaret tent, dub tent, stalls, kids area and much more.




Sir Real ( HOG )
Paul Damage (HOG )
Dedbeat ( HOG )
Madjack ( HOG )
Sherwen ( HOG )
Aries, Gold & Jinx ( Stourbridge Jungle legends )
Gershwin ( Flashback )
Glenn Aston ( Raindance ) Continue reading

Fuse 2012 to get even more family friendly

This year’s Fuse festival is set to get even more family friendly with organisers, Lichfield Arts, introducing a range of new measures to increase the safety and enjoyment of everyone. The free community music and arts festival will run from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July with all events finishing at the earlier time of 10pm on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Lichfield Arts have been working closely with Staffordshire Police who will be present in Beacon Park at peak times throughout the event. The most significant change, in line with many other festivals in the UK, is that no alcohol is to be allowed into or out of the event arena. The full revised 2012 conditions of entry are on the Fuse website (www.fuselichfield.org.uk) and will be reproduced in publicity and displayed around the site throughout the weekend. As in previous years the Challenge 25 policy will be operating and a DPPO (Drinking in a Public Place Order) permanently exists in the whole of Beacon Park.

Now in it’s 12th year, Fuse will have something for all ages with childrens’ shows and activities, music, dance, comedy, theatre, visual art and a craft market. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

Jared White, Lichfield Area Policing Commander, Staffs Police, said “Fuse is a fantastic event for the people of Lichfield. We are giving our full support to the event, with a police team in Beacon Park during the weekend to ensure the event is safe and secure for all.”

Tim Perks, spokesman for Fuse, said “As Fuse gets bigger each year it is vital that we have the right measures in place to ensure public safety and security. We are working more closely than ever with Staffordshire Police to make Fuse a safe and enjoyable event for all. Our new policy of no alcohol to be allowed into the event is in line with most other festivals and there will still be a licensed bar within the festival arena for those who do want to drink sensibly. There will of course be a range of other food and non alcoholic drink stalls. It is extremely important to Lichfield Arts that Fuse 2012 is an event that is enjoyed by the whole community and that Lichfield can be proud of”.

If anyone has particular concerns they wish to raise about the event or want more details they can telephone Lichfield Arts on 01543 262223 visit www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or the dedicated Fuse website at www.fuselichfield.org.uk.

The three day festival of music, entertainment, and arts runs from July 6th to 8th in Lichfield’s Beacon Park. With the Olympics in mind, the theme for this year is Rhythm, Rings, Sticks and Strings. The Fuse Festival is a popular free event, attracting thousands of people each year, and providing arts workshops, free music, and family activities from many local people and international bands.

As always, the Festival will include fine music from across many genres, a local outreach programme, allowing local schools and community groups to be involved, workshops and arts events, and a family friendly atmosphere. The Festival runs with the help of volunteers across the board, from the planning committee to anyone willing to give up a few hours over the weekend. The Festival is looking out for help from the following groups.

Creative/artistic people

Any creative/artistic people who want to contribute or participate in Fuse by creating site art & tent decoration, art installations, run workshops, etc. would be very welcome.

Young people

We are always keen to involve young people in Fuse in as many ways as possible.

Operational help

We also need volunteers to help run the festival over the weekend; help with site set-up, general stewards, bar staff, people to man the information desk, stage crew and help with festival break-down.

As well as needing volunteers, the festival also needs financial support to provide the quality of acts and events that it has had in the past. With this in mind, a new scheme has been launched.

Become a Friend of Fuse…

For a minimum donation of £50 you will receive:

– A VIP parking pass enabling you to park adjacent to the Fuse site during the festival

– An invitation for you and a guest to a special reception to be held at Fuse

– A quality photograph taken of you and your guests at Fuse

To become a Friend of Fuse please contact Lichfield Arts on 01543 262223 or e-mail info@lichfieldarts.org.uk

Fuse Festival Spokesman Tim Perks said: ‘Following last year’s success, we want to build on the impact and the work that Fuse does, both in the local community, and in the actual festival itself. It is a lot of work, but the end result is hugely rewarding. It offers opportunities to the local community to be involved in a life changing event, it offers opportunities to local bands and musicians to perform on a professional stage, whilst also giving entertainment to the thousands of people who visit the festival”

For more information, and updated details, please check the local press, the website, www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or keep up to date with events at www.facebook.com/pages/Lichfield-Fuse-Festival and www.twitter.com/lichfieldfuse

Fuse 2012 Outreach Project community workshops in Lichfield and Burntwood

If you have ever fancied being in a circus you are invited to take part in workshops being run by Lichfield Arts.

Local people in Lichfield and Burntwood will be able to learn circus skills such as Juggling, Poi and Stilt walking at a series of workshops happening locally. The workshops will lead to public performances as part of the Fuse Festival in July.

The workshops, which are being organised by Lichfield Arts, are free and for all ages, but places are limited, and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

The Burntwood workshops will take place on Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm at Burntwood Youth Centre, Cherry Tree Close, on May 23rd and 30th, June 13th, 20th, and 27th and July 4th. All under 10s must be accompanied by an over 18.

Workshops in Lichfield will take place on Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm at Chadsmead School on May 24th and 31st, June 14th, 21st , and 28th and July 5th. All under 16s must be accompanied by an over 18.

Tim Perks, Fuse Festival Spokesman, said: ‘Fuse is all about giving people of all ages from Lichfield District the opportunity to experience and take part in new activities. Come along and join in. You might even discover a new talent’.

Anyone wanting to know more about the workshops can email Info@lichfieldarts.org,

visit the Lichfield Arts website, phone the offices on 01543 262223, or call into the offices in Donegal House, Bore Street.

The Flyover Show Saturday 29th May 2010, Underneath Hockley Flyover, Birmingham

Flyover Show III

Soweto Kinch’s music & arts festival returns to Birmingham’s Hockley flyover
May 29th 2010 / Hockley Flyover (underneath), Birmingham / 12noon – 9pm / Free admission

Soweto Kinch Productions is proud to announce the return of Birmingham’s Flyover Show on May 29th 2010.

Now in its third year, this innovative event will once again transform the underbelly of North Birmingham’s Hockley flyover into a vibrant community inspired festival of music and arts.

Running from 12noon to 9pm on May 29th, the Flyover Show is a unique event of cultural expression, celebrating generations of black British music and art.

Daytime performances will come from; Hanifa, CRC, Kashmir, Rochelle Robertson, Leeanne Stoddart and Notebenders.

Whilst evening on the main stage presents; Speech Debelle (Mercury Music Award 2009), Soweto Kinch (MOBO Best Jazz Act 2003 & 2007), Zena Edwards, Eska, Tan, Roxanne and Bridgette Amafoh.

The Flyover Show III combines the best of international black music with established and homegrown UK talent, providing an important platform for burgeoning artists.

The show will also feature vignettes, poetry, dance and graffiti from new and emerging voices that aim both to entertain and challenge perceptions.

A family friendly festival, The Flyover Show III continues the organiser’s philosophy to make high-art readily accessible to inner city communities.

The Flyover Show III will explore the specific theme of black female identity.

The Flyover Show III will bring together generations of black female artists who have made significant cultural contributions, and whose work has helped to reshape black identity.

Discussing the artists booked to perform at the Flyover Show III, founder and organiser Soweto Kinch explains, “they’ve validated a way of being, beyond the glut of R+B/Soul Divas, booty shaking backing dancers or any other stereotype which the commercial mainstream often finds more palatable.”

The Flyover Show III is also responding to the growing number of young black women becoming swept up in destructive gang culture.

The recent Female Voices in Violence report from ROTA (Race On The Agenda), one of the UK’s leading social policy think tanks, consolidated concerns about young women involved in violence, pacing it firmly on the government’s continuing agenda.

The Flyover Show III will showcase inspiring black female artists, encouraging young black women to express themselves with creativity and pride.

For more information and press enquires please contact Ed King – edkingfreelance at yahoo.co.uk

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 first Flyover Show was held underneath Hockley Flyover in North Birmingham in May 2008. The second event was held in the same location in June the following year.

The Flyover show III receives funding from Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England.

The Flyover Show is a flagship project of Soweto Kinch’s recently formed charity Uprizing,

Speech Debelle won the 2009 Mercury Music Award for her debut album ‘Speech Therapy’.

Speech Debelle is the first female artist to win the Mercury Music Award in seven years, the last being Miss Dynamite in 2002.

For more information on Speech Debelle visit www.speechdebelle.com

Flyover Show III – Volunteers wanted
Soweto Kinch’s music & arts festival on the hunt for enthusiastic helpers – limited places available
May 29th 2010 / Hockley Flyover (underneath), Birmingham / 12noon – 9pm / Free admission

Soweto Kinch’s community inspired music & arts festival returns to Hockley Flyover on May 29th 2010.

Now in it’s third year, this unique urban event is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out on the day. Anyone wanting to apply as a volunteer should email Clare Edwards at clareedwards at mac.com

Responsibilities will include stage management support, managing stalls/art activity, liaising with the general public and assisting the artists performing.

Previous experience is not necessary as full training will be provided. Applicants must be over 16 and passionate about being involved in Birmingham’s most innovative urban party.

Headlining the event is 2009 Mercury Music Award winner Speech Debelle, alongside Soweto Kinch (MOBO Best Jazz Act 2003 & 2007), Zena Edwards, Eska, Tan, Roxanne and Bridgette Amafoh.

Daytime performances will come from; Hanifa, CRC, Kashmir, Rochelle Robertson, Leeanne Stoddart and Notebenders.

Running from 12noon to 9pm on May 29th, the Flyover Show will once again transform the underbelly of North Birmingham’s Hockley flyover.

Combining the best of international black music with established and homegrown UK talent, the Flyover Show is a family friendly festival inspired by the organiser’s philosophy to make ?high-art? readily accessible to inner city communities.

The show will also feature vignettes, poetry, dance and graffiti from new and emerging voices that aim both to entertain and challenge perceptions.

For further information on the event visit www.soweto-kinch.com and click on The Flyover Show III link.

Limited places are available and those interested should apply ASAP.

The Flyover Show 2010

Scarlet Fever Presents…An Evening of Music and Burlesque, Moseley Festival Sunday 5th July

Moseley Festival grande finale on Sunday 5th July
Patrick Kavanagh, Trafalgar Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8BX

A fabulous evening of music and burlesque to mark the grande finale of the Moseley Festival. Be prepared to discover the art of tease from Scarlet Fever (star of Channel 4’s Faking It) and her burlesque babes including Candee Handful and Cherry Fox.

The evening will begin and conclude with live music from very special guests Lil Ms Vix Buzzfox and Her Private Gents. ViX, the former Fuzzbox fox takes a little time out from her all grrrl band ViX n The Kix to indulge her darker musical desires with a deliciously edible selection of quirky covers and original songs…

The evening will be compered by the splendid Dr When Agamemnon.

Doors 7.00pm Show starts 7.30pm start. Limited seating.
Advance booking recommended.
Tickets £10 available from www.scarletfeverburlesque.co.uk

Go on, do yerself a favour… Get a ViX fix!