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Latest News What a Weekend! Thanks for making A34 Festival a Success!


What a Weekend! Thanks for making A34 Festival a Success!

June 23rd, 2014 2:55 pm

We’ like to say a big Thank You to everyone who came out to celebrate Community Spirit at this weekend’s A34 Festival!

Spirits were as bright as the weather on Saturday, as hundreds of people from Aston, Perry Barr, Newton and Lozells were joined by crowds from across the city for a day of music, dance, arts and fantastic food from every corner of Birmingham’s diverse cultural community.

After kicking things off with an introduction from our hosts Rem Conway and Smash, along with our Local Dignitaries nominated from the community, audiences were treated to a non-stop showcase of local talent.Acts included music from the Aston Mannor Academy Steel Band, the Faraz Khan & Bollywood Academy Bhangra and Dhol drummers, the African Roots Fusion Band, the Saif-ul-Malook Orchestra, Somali artist Aida’rus, and a selection of local poets and lyricists presented by Andrew Soul. There was also spectacular Spoken Word from the Beatfreeks Creative Superheros, seriously smooth moves from Tru Streetdance, and raw roots reggae from Vybroc and Gabbidon.

Outside and inside The Drum was a festival of arts and crafts stalls and delicious foods, plus all manner of creative workshops for the crowds to enjoy.Strawberry Words offered drama workshops alongside Faraz Khan’s Bollywood Workshop, while Birmingham Royal Ballet shared some of their secrets in dance workshops, the perfect accompaniment to Aston Manor Academy’s dance performance. DC14 taught aspiring poets how to unleash the power of Spoken Word, and the Tewahedo Drumming Group showed audiences the intricate rhythms of Palm Drumming, while young screenwriters got the chance to create their very own online drama or comedy show with the BBC Writers’ Room Future Talent Workshop. Plus there was the chance to brush up on your IT skills with the Digital Inclusion workshops from Midlands Heart Investment.

The Kid’s Zone was busy all day too, with Face Painting, Games, Arts & Crafts, Sports, and even Piñatas! Forget the football, the real knockout excitement was right here at the A34 Dominoes Tournament!

It was a fantastic day, and we couldn’t have done it without you! A huge thanks to everyone who came out to share the day with us, all the performers and artists who kept us entertained, and all the staff and volunteers who made the day happen. We’re already looking forward to next year, and we hope you’ll join us.

Did you take some great photos of your own on the day? Then why not share them? Our friends at Some Cities are creating an archive of images of the places, people, music, arts, food, and parts of everyday life of Birmingham to share with the world, and your A34 Festival photos can be part of it! You can submit images via Twitter simply by using the hashtags #somecities and #brumfotos, submit directly to the Some Cities website at www.some-cities.org.uk, or email your photos to birmingham@some-cities.com