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The Flyover Show in pictures
By Patricia Hoskins
On Saturday 31st May 2008 the entire derelict space underneath the Hockley flyover came alive with an explosion of comtemporary urban art and music, in a free outdoor event. See pictures from the day.
Live @ The Flyover Show
Led by multi-award winning jazz musician Soweto Kinch, the Hockley flyover roundabout was transformed into an arena of live music and arts. Take a look at picture galleries reflecting the day.
Enjoying the Flyover Show
An eclectic mix of people of all ages and backgrounds filled the urban derelict space and enjoyed a day of world class jazz, hip hop, poetry, street art, theatre and dance.
World class performances
Live performances included world renowned local jazz musician Andy Hamilton jamming with Soweto, the amazing acappella melodies of Birmingham's Black Voices gospel choir and reggae legend Basil Gabbidon of Steel Pulse plus UK contemporary artists Bashy, Pentalk, Jonzi D, Zena Edwards and many more....
Black Voices live @ The Flyover Show
The project is the first of its kind to be organised and delivered by Soweto Kinch, he worked alongside Nu Century Arts and a newly formed consortium of black arts groups called CISC.
Reclaiming the soul of the city
Hockley was once a thriving centre of cultural activity with local music legends such as Steel Pulse, UB40, Andy Hamilton and 80’s band Musical Youth putting the inner city areas of Birmingham on the global music map.
The area is now known for its rundown buildings and empty boarded up retail units and small warehouses.
Soweto live @ The Flyover Show
As local resident still living in the area that regularly receives negative press, Soweto Kinch felt he wanted to reclaim the derelict space in a bold artistic statement.
An interview with Soweto
In a pre-show interview with the BBC Birmingham website Soweto shares his experiences of life in Hockley and the inspiration behind this groundbreaking venture.
Soweto explains: “Hockley was once an area where all kinds of iconic events used to happen; now the area is known for drugs, gun crime and unemployment.
“With Handsworth Carnival we had a sense of belonging you were recognised as being part of the community. Now Handsworth’s got beef with Aston, Newtown’s got beef with Hockley, Ladywood with Lozells etc… what was already a small turf has being dissected even further.
"I live really close to the flyover and living in the same block as me is another jazz musician, poets, play writers, actors, dancers and all sorts of creative types. We really need to celebrate their work in the community.
“For me it’s about showing the breadth and excitement of the arts that people aren’t normally exposed to.”
Listen to the full pre-show interview with Soweto Kinch - he talks more about life in Hockley and his passion for showcasing unconventional arts and music.
last updated: 11/08/2008 at 15:18