At The Drum we are always looking for new ways to get our audiences involved in the arts and express themselves. We are therefore proud to present for-Wards, a hyper-local music project funded as part of Sound and Music’s touring programme, giving communities the opportunity to contribute to the creation of new music.
The project is produced and led by composer Bobbie-Jane Gardner who, with a team of composers and professional musicians, will lead a series of workshops focussed on discovering sounds that represent local neighbourhoods. These sounds and other input from the workshops will be used to write original music, which will then be performed in the communities where they were inspired.
Composers will collaborate with those who take part in the workshops to create ‘sonic maps’ of their neighbourhoods that will form the basis of these new compositions, to be performed in each community in March next year.
During each workshop participants will:
– Use maps to locate places and sounds of interest in their neighbourhood
– Go on a walking tour to record the places and sounds of interest using audio recorders and mobile phones
– Work with a professional sound artist, composer and film maker
This pilot project will work with residents living in Balsall Heath, Newtown and Small Heath. Each workshop will last for two hours – starting at 12 noon and finishing at 2pm, and are free. Places are limited to 15 participants for each workshop.
Newtown residents: Sun 26 Oct, 12 -2pm, The Drum Arts Centre
Small Heath residents: Sat 1 Nov, 12-2pm, Small Heath Library
Balsall Heath residents: Sat 8 Nov, 12-2pm, mac arts centre
After months of preparation and practice, Afrovibes 2014 has finally arrive in Birmingham! It opened last night at mac Birmingham to and will be on from Mon 20 to Sat 25 Oct.
The Drum will come alive with a sensational selection of South African Theatre, Dance, Music,Spoken Word and Visual Arts from internationally acclaimed actors, directors, performers and musicians. We hope you’ll join us in making this year’s festival even greater than the last, including our fantastic Afrovibes Closing Party on Sat 25 Oct at 10pm following Rhetorical.
Afrovibes Closing Party
Sat 25 Oct, 10pm
The Drum, Frontiers Café Bar
£3 OTD – Free admission with ticket stubs from any Afrovibes events
Join us at the Afrovibes Closing Party as we bid farewell to our South African guests and celebrate the end of the Festival. The Drum’s Frontiers Township Café will become the ultimate African music hot spot as DJ Fenta Zulu and MC Appollon from the legendary Club Afrique are joined by Newstyle Radio’s DJ Wali and DJ Fresh. Expect an amazing night of dance and music as we rock the Township Café with great classics and the latest hits from Soukous, Makosa, Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip-Hop and many more.
Also taking the stage for live performances will be a cappella trio The Soil presenting their stunning mix of township Jazz, Hip-Hop, Afro-Pop and Afro-Soul plus special musical vibes from the cast of Mamela, all hosted by Lit Fuse poets Amerah Saleh, Sipho Eric Dube and Nafeesa Hamid. Tickets for the Closing Party are £3, but take any ticket stub from The Drum’s Afrovibes shows, or any show at mac or Birmingham REP, and you’ll to get free admission! Even better, the same ticket will also get you £1 off any Afrovibes shows at mac or Birmingham REP – and vice versa!
Here’s what you can look forward to across the week, so make sure you keep these dates in your diary!
Freedom or Death: Photographic Exhibition – Dr Vanley Burke
On until Fri 7 Nov
An unprecedented photographic exhibition charting the final days of South Africa’s apartheid era, captured by documentary photographer Dr Vanley Burke.
Until Sat 25 Oct
The Drum Café
Step into a recreation of Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell and learn the history of his and South Africa’s fight for freedom.
Punk in Africa
Tue 21 Oct, 7pm
Three chords, three countries, one revolution… the story of South Africa’s multiracial punk movement.
An Evening with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Tracie Morris
Wed 22 Oct, 7:30pm
An evening of conversation and performance from Jamaican poet and dub artist Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and the acclaimed US poet and voice artist Tracie Morris.
Thu 23 Oct, 7:30pm
The legacy of inspirational anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko, brought to life through amazing contemporary dance.
Fri 24 Oct, 7:30pm
Hear the voices, hopes and dreams of the remarkable young women of South Africa’s ‘born-free’ generation in a fusion of European and African theatre. Book your tickets, and get a special concessionary price on tickets for Township Comets.
Fri 24 Oct, 9pm
Enjoy a joyful mix of South African Township Jazz inspired by South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana. Concession prices apply for anyone who has been to see Mamela
Sat 25 Oct, 7:30pm
Thabo Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1999, and the highs, and lows, of his political struggles are explored through the eyes of those he influenced.
Every day during the festival
Relax in our specially created Township Café and enjoy unique art, drama, music and spoken word events happening throughout the day during the festival.
Mon 20 Oct, 8pm
Soweto’s award-winning, platinum-selling beatbox a cappella group combine an eclectic mix of township jazz, Hip-Hop and Afro-pop.
Tue 21 Oct, 8pm
In January 2008, in Skierlik, west of Pretoria, seventeen year-old Johan Nel went on a racially motivated shooting spree killing four people and wounding eight. Skierlik explores tragic effects on those left behind.
Wed 22 & Thu 23 Oct, 8pm
Written by Mike Van Graan, Rainbow Scars follows Lindiwe, a black teenager adopted by white parents, confronting her racial identity in the new Rainbow Nation.
In Mana, South African choreographer Vincent Mantsoe evokes the spirit of African dance and Shaman traditions. The award-winning Dark Cell draws inspiration from prisoners of Robben Island, using a prison cell as metaphor for mental imprisonment. Uncles & Angels uses breath-taking interactive dance and video to explore South Africa’s traditional Reed Dance.
Fri 24 Oct, 7pm
Tickets: £5 (£3)
Making its UK premiere, this compelling short film reworks Noyes’ Fludde by Benjamin Britten, relocating the story of Noah’s Ark to present-day South Africa, and re-imagining Noah as a woman who must hold her family together.
We regret to inform you that the Sanchez concert scheduled for tonight at The New Bingley Hall has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We sincerely apologize for this cancellation and the inconvenience it may have caused you.
All ticket holders will be entitled to a full refund of the ticket price paid, with proof of purchase, from the outlet that the ticket was purchased. Refunds for card payments will be available from The Drum straight away. However cash refunds will not be available until after 3pm on Tuesday 21st of October 2014.
Ticket purchased at one of the ticket outlets must be returned to the outlet for refund. Please contact the ticket outlet of purchase and they will direct you how to claim your refund. Refund of booking fees will be at the discretion of the individual ticket outlets.
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