Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Balsall Heath Carnival

Only four days to go before Carnival, hits the streets and parks of Balsall Heath! Arts Champions for Hall Green, The Drum Arts Centre is pleased to be part of this years festivities and has programmed performances on the day. We are also delivering carnival arts workshops at Calthorpe Park Play Centre, for 25 children, who have been busily making bugs, bees, butterflies and blooms, with the support of Sophie Handy (Facilitator), Foster Darby (Community & Play), Jeannette, Carol and lately parents of the children. I am excited as the children are and looking forward to seeing them in their costumes on the day. 

The stage show at Pickwick Park kicks off from 12 noon, compared by legendary comedian John Simmit who will also be our DJ. We are pleased to present an array of artists and styles, we guarantee there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Kicking off the performances is Brooklynne - A rising star performing RnB tracks like Beyonce’s “Dangerously in Love” along with her own original songs. Meddy Ranks a previous performer at Balsall Heath Carnival brings his own brand of reggae music to nice up the area. Whilst Birmingham born rapper and lyricist Sic’ Nis is sure to have you wanting more.

Gospel Central is one of Birmingham's most unique bands giving gospel music an urban and contemporary edge. Kokumo has been described as not just an artist but also a cultural anthropologist and dub-griot.  He uses his skills as a singer/songwriter and dub-poet to capture his audience, taking them on a cultural, spiritual and political journey. Formed in 1984, Birmingham based Azad Kashmir Folk Group have a dedicated following both in the UK and in Pakistan. They are recognised as one of the leading exponents of ‘Sher Khawani’ (folk poetry).

Guitarist, singer/songwriter Esther Turner from Halesowen  will wow the audience with her acoustic set. Bringing things to a close on the day are Azaad Dhol Group who have performed all over the Midlands and London promoting Birmingham's unique scene, showing the colours and sounds of Bhangra.

We hope you will come and join us on Saturday 6 July at Pickwick Park and join the procession from Balsall Heath Park. There will be plenty of stalls selling food, arts and crafts and fun for all the family!

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