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The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty Six

February 29th, 2020

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In this festive show we take an extended look at Peter Pan re-imagined at The Rep Birmingham. As well as conversation with the cast we have exclusive music from the show's composer Asaf Zohar. We aslo conclude our series of interviews from Grand Union with a throught provoking exploration of the work of sonic artist Sahjan Kooner.

'Pirate Song', Song for Peter' and 'Wendy House Rap' composed by Asaf Zohar for Peter Pan Reimagined, copyright 2019 and reproduced with exlcusive license.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on 30th December 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in this podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty Five

February 29th, 2020

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In this show we quiz Birmingham born actor James Steventon about his role and whereabouts in the Lichfield Garrick yuletide offering- 'A Christmas Carol Casebook: Away in a Danger', we throw clay and pots at Grand Union's Modern Clay and catch up for coffee with French Comedian Ceyla AB.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on 26th November 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in this podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

 

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty Four

February 29th, 2020

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In this show we have the first in our series of interviews with the creative talents of Digbeth's Grand Union, we explore musical fusion by way of Nifeco Costa & Surge Orchestra (part of Celebrating Sanctuary 2019) and there's some funny business ahead of Birmingham Comedy Festival 2019 with local duo Good Kids.

Nfeco Costa & The Surge Orchestra excerpts from live concert and rehersal sessions appear courtesy of Nifeco Costa, Surge Orchestra & Sid Peacock, all rights reserved.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on 24th September 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in this podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty Three

February 29th, 2020

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In this show we have the first in our series of interviews with the creative talents of Digbeth's Grand Union, we explore musical fusion by way of Nifeco Costa & Surge Orchestra (part of Celebrating Sanctuary 2019) and there's some funny business ahead of Birmingham Comedy Festival 2019 with local duo Good Kids.

Nfeco Costa & The Surge Orchestra excerpts from live concert and rehersal sessions appear courtesy of Nifeco Costa, Surge Orchestra & Sid Peacock, all rights reserved.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on 24th September 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in this podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival 2019

October 6th, 2019

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In this podcast Switch Radio's James Sandy speaks to Bedlam Festival 2019 producer Sabra Khan about this year's vibrant programme of spoken word, dance, participation, theatre, film & visual art and Hip Hop.

For more information go to: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/news/2019/07/22/bedlam-2019-birminghams-4th-arts-and-mental-health-festival-returns

'BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival 2019' is a King  of the Buttons Production 2019 for Switch Radio 107.5 FM, DAB & Online- with thanks to M Seven Public Relations.

Image courtesy of Sampad Arts.

Music (excerpt): 'In the clouds' by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/59123 Ft: Javolenus

The New Curiosities Box: BE Festival 2019 Special

August 6th, 2019

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In this special show coming from BE Festival 2019 at The Rep Birmingham we get a very human snapshot of the realities of migration by way of Mokhallad Rasem's 'Soul Seekers' (part of the Beyond Border project), we dabble in the art of stunts, lies and deception with Tom Cassani through 'Someone loves you drive with care' and we quiz Director Paula Rosolen and cast on PUNK‽, a performance dance deconstruction of a fading genre.

With thanks to:
The artists, performers and crew at BE Festival 2019
and
The Team at The Birimingham Rep

BE Festival 2019 is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and is supported by Baron Davenport Charity and The Norton Foundation. For more information and full set of credits go to www.befestival.org

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on 30th July 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in this podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty- A State of the Arts Special

July 30th, 2019

NCB_30_edited.jpegIn this special 30th edition of the New Curioisities Box we take a snapshot of the state of the arts in Birmingham and beyond.

Joined by three leading lights from the city's cultral scene we explore the issues, potential and challenges on the horizon for the sector.

The show's guests are:
Deborah Kermode, Chief Executive & Artistic Director at MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham.
Steve Ball, Associate Director at The Rep Birmingham & Director of Culture Central.
Anita Bhalla, Chair of Performances Birmingham and Founder of BBC Asian Network.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on 25th June 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

Our thanks to the guests, their teams & staff for supporting this programme throughout the last three years.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Nine

July 30th, 2019

NCB_JS.jpegIn this show we talk to members of the city's own mass world, fusion music phenomena that is Birmingham Royal Conservatoire's Folk Ensemble as they embark on a national tour. We get the low down on a musical heritage project crowd sourcing a capture of memories that might help reawaken the dance & trance venue that was Corporation Streets Que Club and we consider the life and work of composer and music collector George Butterworth through a compelling new documentary.

Excerpts from 'Sleepy Maggie' and 'William Taylor' performed by the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble are copyright Birmingham Conservatoire and appear with kind permission. All rights are reserved. For more information visit: http://www.folkensemble.co.uk/

'All my life's buried here- The Story of George Butterworth' - A flm by Stewart Morgan Hajdukiewicz was produced by Stewart Morgan Hajdukiewicz, Patrick Kingwell and Malcolm Taylor for British independent HajduKino Productions (c) 2018. For more details check out: www.georgebutterworth.co.uk

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on 28th May 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Eight

May 26th, 2019

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In this show we catch up with the electronic landscapes of musical trailblazer Rosie Tee as she launches her new EP 'Chambers, we unpack the delights and variety of Birmingham's Flatpack Festival with Director Ian Francis and figured it all out through a new single and chat with singer songwritier Sean Duggan.

'Wax & wane' and 'Chambers' by Rosie Tee appear courtesy of the artist, copyright 2019. All rights are observed with inclusion by kind permission.

'She's got it all figured out' by Sean Duggan is copyright 2019 Wobbly Music and appears with kind permission.

With thanks to:
Mac Birmingham
448 Creative
The Soundlab

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on 30th April 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

Flatpack Festival 2019

April 28th, 2019

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Birmingham’s Flatpack Festival returns this May Day Bank Holiday for its thirteenth edition. Flatpack 2019 boasts a wonderfully eclectic line-up over the 6-day festival with 100 events taking place at 14 different venues across Birmingham. With everything from car park theatre and cat-shaped bento to Moomins and post-punk legends, this year’s Flatpack will treat audiences to a week of inspiring screenings, exhibitions, live performances, installations and some very special guests.

Full details of the Flatpack Festival programme and ticket information can be found at www.flatpackfestival.org.uk

In this Podcast Switch Radio's James Sandy talks to Flatpack Festival Director, Ian Francis about the programme of special events, drop-in activities, live cinema, international features, optical sound and documentaries.

This podcast is taken from the Switch Radio programme 'The New Curiosities Box: Show 28' (Broadcast 30th April 2019) and was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

'The New Curiosities Box' is a monthly arts & culture show broadcast on Birmingham's Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online. Check out our schedule at: www.switchradio.co.uk

All rights are reserved and copyrights observed.