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PREVIEW: Christian Scott @ Hare & Hounds

Another Atlantic import lands at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, this time in the shape of 27 year old Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott. Heralded as ‘the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion’ and ‘Jazz’s young style God’, Scott is the nephew of alto saxophanist Donald Harrison and a prominent face in today’s […]

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Signing Off Anniversary Tour, courtesy of UB40

OPINION: UB40 30th Anniversary of Signing Off – by Brian Travers

We’re currently on a thirtieth anniversary tour of the UK and Europe, thirty years that have flown by in a flash since we started out as eight young inexperienced guys from Moseley and Balsall Heath. As unrealistic as it is now, back in 1980 it seemed more realistic to start a band, get a hit […]

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FEATURE: In The Further Soil, report from Mumbai

SAMPAD, the Birmingham based proliferators of South Asian music, arts and dance, have teamed up with the British Council India in an internationally reaching agenda of cross collaboration. In The Further Soil is an original piece of musical theatre, directed by Harmage Singh Kalirai and devised by Indian and UK artists, that celebrates the rich […]

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NEWS: New Year revamp for NIA

Last month the NEC Group sanctioned a feasibility study to ‘envisage and create a new look and feel’ for the National Indoor Arena (NIA). Spearheaded by international architects Broadway Malyan, a team of development/venue professionals will look at all aspects of the site from structure to catering, attempting to ascertain ways of improvement. Consumer experience […]

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NEWS: Festival funding submerged

As public sector spending cuts disseminate from Whitehall, the Birmingham Cultural Partnership (BCP) has announced the withdrawal of it’s recently instigated Emerging Festival Fund. In an email to the city’s arts communities and strategic partners, BCP manager Simon Bennett stated that in light of the government’s ongoing spending review, ‘projects that had not formally committed their […]

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