August 2011

Goldie's Band

At a time when there’s a groundswell of community spirit to combat the negativity engendered by the recent riots and looting it seems fitting that the fourth Flyover Show is being staged in Birmingham this Saturday.

The advertising for the family-friendly community event in Hockley, produced long before any hint of the trouble to come, states: “The day is about championing the belief that the very highest artistic expression can emerge and be staged in communities only associated with negative headlines.”

Curated by Birmingham-based saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, this year’s show is dedicated to men who have made ground-breaking contributions to black British and urban culture.

The Flyover Show, beneath Hockley Flyover and close to Soho Road where some of the riots took place, has become an established free festival in the city.

The festival, which runs from 12.30pm till 9pm, will also feature graffiti, comedy, theatre and dance.


Start Date: 07 August 2011 01:00 PM
End Date: 07 August 2011 08:30 PM

© Image by Brigitte Winsor

Sunday 7 August will see this exciting biennial event return to the city.

It last took place in 2009 and was previously held in Perry Park. Due to popular demand it is returning to its original home in Handsworth Park where it first began in 1984.

The event will begin with a spectacular procession, led by the newly crowned Carnival Queen, which will be leaving Holyhead School at 1pm before making its way to Handsworth Park at around 3.30pm.

Birmingham Carnival is an opportunity to experience the food, music, sounds and colours of the Caribbean. This year’s extravaganza promises to be a treat for the entire family. It will consist of a variety of decorated floats, steel bands and carnival troupes with live and off stage entertainment of soca, calypso and reggae music.

Caribbean refreshments will be on sale throughout the day where you can try traditional dishes such as Jerk Chicken and rice and peas as well as a wide range of fruit and rum punches.

There will also be a host of activities for children including inflatable toys and a children’s zone.

Birmingham Carnival is well reowned for its beautiful and extravagant costumes and has grown in popularity over recent years with many revellers travelling from as far away as London, Leicester and Leeds to attend.

Artists appearing at this year’s Birmingham Carnival:

R-Swift (US artist), Eshon Burgundy (US artist), Jahaziel, Nu Soul, Sammy G, Monique, Otis Irie, Maria Mour, Mothers of Creation, Leon Vox, Skibu, IQ Micheal, Bianca Simone, Jaynee, Juliet Leon, Coco Brown, NIA, Alliance Dance Troupe, Identity Dance Collective, Malika QB. Plus Stage Host and Compere The Gman from Raio Sandwell 106.9fm.

The event ends at 8.30pm.

Watch out for further updates on parking arrangements for the day on this webpage. In the mean time further information can be obtained by calling 0121 303 3008.

Lexi Kimberley Maye is Birmingham’s Carnival Queen. She was crowned on Sunday 24 July 2011 after wowing judges with her confident personality and energetic dance routines. View photos of the Carnival Queen

Birmingham Carnival Parade route map

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