Throughout the month of June, venues across Birmingham, Leicester, Derby and Nottingham will play host to over 50 events that form the basis of the BASS (British Art and Street Sounds) Festival.
Under the banner of ‘The Elements of Hip Hop’, this year’s event brings together over 100 artists from across the UK, Europe, the US and South Africa to celebrate Hip Hop culture through a series of interactive master-classes, workshops, performances, exhibitions and installations that will open the doors to the general public and break down the misconceptions and myths that surround Hip Hop.
The driving force behind BASS, Ammo Talwar says of the event: “The past three years have seen such a phenomenal growth in support and interest for BASS. This year is the most exciting to date, with artists from the UK, the US and even South Africa coming to celebrate The Elements. I love the fact that BASS breaks down preconceptions and allows us to demystify Hip Hop Culture for the masses. It’s not just the music, it’s a way of life that includes art, dance, drama and language.”
The range of work and artists that are featured across the month long festival is truly indicative of the global impact and influence that Hip Hop has and shows the variety of disciplines that are included within the framework of Hip Hop. Talwar continues: “We’ve been exceptionally lucky with the artists that are taking part this year. We wanted to show the impact and reach of Hip Hop – from the streets of Harlem to the theatres of Birmingham, from the shanty towns of South Africa to the galleries of Nottingham – this festival is going to break new ground, showcase British Art and Street Sounds for what it really is – a unique and exciting mode of expression.”
The festival, which takes place over 30 days across 40 venues, features 100 artists including such Hip Hop stalwarts as Black Thought and Lord Finesse, luminaries as leading turntablist and producer DJ Spooky, performance poets Charlie Dark and Ursula Rucker , rapper Ty, South African playwright and actress Napo Masheane, leading UK graffiti artist Temper and the innovative and inspiring female graffiti artist from South Africa, Faith 47.
The full line-up is available on www.bassfestival.co.uk.