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What is Afrofuturism? / Held at Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 24th September

OPINION: What is Afrofuturism?

Words by Juice Aleem *Juice Aleem will be organising & hosting the AfroFlux – what is Afrofuturism? event as part of the B-Side Hip Hop Festival, free to attend at the Hippodrome on Saturday 24th September.  For more info, click here.* You may have heard the term ‘Afrofuturism’ being thrown about a lot in recent […]

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Disgruntled Garden Owner - Sam James / By Reuben Penny

OPINION: Contemporary music is bigger, broader and weirder than you thought

Words by Sam James / Pics courtesy of Reuben Penny Last week, Ed wrote about his journey to overcoming what he called the ‘Michael Nyman Syndrome’. The piece was a call to arms – composers are still writing music and you should listen. He’s right, you should. But there’s more to the story than the […]

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OPINION: Michael Nyman Syndrome

Words by Ed King I call it the ‘Michael Nyman Syndrome’. A few months ago (long enough to now comment without reprisal) Hans Zimmer came to the Barclay Card Arena – performing scores from ‘a career spanning over 150 films including The Lion King, Gladiator and the recently released Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ […]

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BE Festival @ REP 21-25.06

BREVIEW: BE Festival @ REP 21-25.06

Words by Heather Kincaid / Pics courtesy of BE Festival As events got underway on Friday 24 June at this year’s Birmingham European Festival, the atmosphere in the buzzing Festival Hub was noticeably different from the three preceding days. Where a mood of apprehensive optimism had prevailed before, now anxious faces engaged in animated discussions, […]

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Mars in retrograde 2016

OPINION: New Moon in Cancer – making amends

Words by Joëlle O’Toole This New Moon occurs at 12:01pm here in the UK; almost exactly at midday and on the actual entitled ‘moon day’ – now referred to as ‘Monday’. Although this New Moon is not an eclipse, and doesn’t have any additional astronomical significance it is an important one this year. It marks […]

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