GALLERY 37 | MILLENNIUM POINT
Further developing our education and development based youth outreach, this year Punch produced Gallery 37, a multi-platform artists residency based at the iconic Millennium Point building in the south-side of the city centre. 16-25 year old creatives applied in their hundreds for one of the 60 residency places, split between 6 art camps with focuses on Spoken Word, Visual Arts, Music Production, Song Writing & Performance, Dance and Film. In the run-up to the residency’s we brought a number of arts professionals to the city to deliver low down sessions to deliver guidance to the young people in topics ranging from making money from your art to using social media to promote your brand. After the young people were fully equipped with these skills the G37 team took over Millennium Point and the intensive week long residency began, culminating in a showcase in which the participants were able to share their work with over 2000 visitors.
HOMELANDS | BIRMINGHAM & LONDON
Documenting and celebrating the influence of the parental homelands of four contemporary UK based Black music artists, Homelands followed journeys to the motherlands of acclaimed Grime MC Saskilla (Senegal), R&B Mercury Prize nominee Terri Walker (Jamaica), award winning producer Diztorition (Suriname) and R&B double MOBO winner Shakka (Dominica). The documentary sees the artists discovering new things about their homelands culture; reconnecting with family, performing and truly discovering how much their music has been shaped by their heritage. With scenes that range from humorous to moving, we have been able to take the audience on the journey with them.
This project culminated in two events at The Old Rep Theatre (Birmingham) and the BFI (London), featuring the premier of the documentary and live performances by the artists including material written and recorded during their time in their motherlands.
LOVER’S ROCK MONOLOGUES | UK TOUR
Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero Evans came together to celebrate the golden years of Lovers Rock icons. Punch hit the road with them to tour their latest Lover’s Rock Monologues.
Born in London, Lovers Rock defined a generation in the late ’70s and ’80s and is a huge influential sub-genre of Reggae. It gave women a voice in the traditionally male dominated realm of Reggae and was also an integral part of Black British identity during a politically and socially unstable time.
In 6 exciting venues around the country, the Lover’s Rock Monologue fused timeless music and theatrical storytelling that transported the sold-out crowds back to the glory days and gave them a humorous and realistic account of the Lovers Rock lifestyle.
BASS 2016 | BIRMINGHAM
BASS festival returned to Birmingham this year, celebrating its 11th year as the UK’s only Black Arts commissioning festival!
Having previously featured artists such as Ghetts, Professor Green, George the Poet and brought Music stalwarts such as Goldie, Jah Shaka, Giles Peterson and Channel One Sound system (amongst many others) to the city. This year we decided on a Hip Hop 360 theme, allowing us to celebrate the full spectrum of Hip Hop Culture – from music to Graffiti.
By combining major names in Hip Hop from both Britain and overseas, including events with; DJ Jazzy Jeff, Diamond D & Large Professor, Robert Glasper, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia, Rodney P, DJ Semtex and Slick Rick – we were able to experience and debate the global impact of the genre.
As always we also involved some of Birmingham’s most exciting up and coming young artists in the festival too, by holding a traditional Hip Hop Street Cypher at The Custard Factory, gaining the attention of local BBC news reporters and enabling us to celebrate the next generation of Hip Hop.
2016 was a MASSIVE year for Punch – have a great Christmas break and see you all in 2017!
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