Protesters are heard loud and clear in Birmingham

Protesters are heard loud and clear in Birmingham

A startling collection of propaganda material will be exhibited in the UK public for the first time during the month of June in Birmingham’s Custard Factory as a part of BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds).

Over two decades of social unrest and street fighting has bred a shocking body of protest publicity and posters. ‘Protest: Fight the Power: Twenty Years of the Political Poster’ is a controversial exhibition of visuals by graphic designers from around the world. Having toured Africa and Asia as part of a British Council-sponsored show is finally heading to the UK having been banned previously.

Political poster art mobilised the masses, images like that calling for a Trafalgar Square demonstration against Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax in 1990 led people to rally behind the cause.
The featured propaganda span issues as diverse as the countries of origin. Publicity for the Anti-Nazi League from 1994 will be displayed alongside campaigns to free Nelson Mandela from unfair imprisonment in South Africa as well as satirical images aiming to undermine race and gender stereotypes.

Ammo Talwar, Director of Punch Records said:
“The history of struggle encompasses every society – past, present and future – so these images are just as relevant today as they were when they were first pasted up on walls and bill boards. As this year’s BASS is focusing on our cultural DNA this exhibition is a fitting backbone to the proceedings.”

Taking place for the fifth consecutive year, BASS Festival is the UK’s only month-long celebration of Black music and art. Organised by Punch Records. This year’s programme will see a range of music and arts events in venues across Birmingham. The 2010 theme is DNA, looking at both personal DNA and the heritage of music.

‘Protest: Fight the Power: Twenty Years of the Political Poster’ will be open to the public from 3 – 30 June 2010 from 10am – 5pm at Devonshire House, Custard Factory. Entrance is free.

For more information on BASS Festival and line-up announcements, visit www.bassfestival.co.uk.

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