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The Flyover Show


Lead by award winning saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch and featuring a stellar rostra, The Flyover Show returns to Birmingham with dynamic and challenging performances on the 29th May. Now in its third year the unconventional inner city festival transforms the grey space beneath the Hockley Flyover into an oasis of cultural expression, celebrating generations of black British music and art.

For the first time this show explores the specific theme of black female identity. The headline artists, include current Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle, Eska Mtungwazi and Bridgette Amafoh, all successful and highly original creatives, achieving widespread recognition without compromising their art or femininity.

The show also features vignettes, poetry, dance and graffiti from new and emerging voices that aim both to entertain and challenge perceptions. 

The Flyover Show is perhaps the only festival of its kind, which is a highly credible outlet, for emerging talents from within the city such as rappers Tan, and Roxanne as well as a number of pioneers in the region who are often overlooked, such as Hanifa McQueen-Hudson, Britainʼs first B-Girl.

The Flyover Show is also building on its track record of delivering a highly entertaining family friendly festival, and is gaining in ambition and confidence. Last year the show was instrumental in drawing attention the Mohammed Ali Centre and saving it from demolition. Having attracted artists from as far afield as New York and Johannesburg, as well as Urban music stars such as Bashy and Ty it has become a regular fixture in the local community and across the city.

Pictures taken on the day:

All photographs taken by Karl R Dixon

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