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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.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Seven

April 12th, 2019

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In this show we talk to Derek Bishton about 'Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On' an exhibition presenting original photos taken from a studio on Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham in 1979.

We also catch up with Aziz Zerai, Programme Manager of the freshly formed Salaam Pakistan Film Festival 2019 as it runs at MAC Birmingham taking in some of the classics and new work from British Pakistani film makers.

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 26th March 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.

Derek Bishton- ‘Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On’

March 22nd, 2019

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In this podcast James Sandy talks to Derek Bishton about 'Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On' an exhibition presenting original photos taken from a studio on Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham in 1979.

Passers by were invited to take their own photograph, passing them the shutter release so they could control the decisive moment of how to present themselves and when they were ready for the picture to be taken.

More than 500 people stopped by to take part in this ground-breaking ‘Selfie’ project - some alone, some with friends or family, some striking formal poses, others being more playful.

Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon : Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On runs at the Arena Gallery, MAC Birmigham from Saturday 23rd March until Sunday 2nd June 2019. Admission is Free.

There is an Opening Event of the exhibition on Saturday 30th March 2019 and A Talk with Derek Bishton on Sunday 2nd June 2019. For more details visit:
https://macbirmingham.co.uk/exhibition/handsworth-self-portrait-40-years-on

Instagram: handsworthselfportrait

This podcast was written and presented by James Sandy and is A King of the Buttons Production 2019. The interview forms part of the March edition of 'The New Curiosities Box' on Switch Radio (scheduled to broadcast Tuesday 26th March @7pm) 107.5 FM, DAB & Online.

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

Image: Stephen aka ‘Steppers’ from Handsworth Self Portrait (1979) © Bishton, Homer & Reardon appears with kind permission and is copyright of the artists. All rights reserved.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Six

March 8th, 2019

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In this show we take on a refreshing new production of Joe Penhall's modern classic 'Blue/Orange' by way of a conversation with director Daniel Bailey and cast member Ivan Oyik as they bring its themes of instituional racism, power play and mental health to Birmingham's Rep.

We speak to Birmingham-born experimental actress and spoken word poet Kate Joyner about performance piece 'The Blood Tales' and its part in re-wiring narratives of women’s moon blood prior to it's London & UK premiere on International Women's Day Friday 8 March 2019.

And we consider a celebration of contemporary plays by African women through a new collection of work from leading female playwrights with Dr Yvette Hutchison from the University of Warwick as our guide.

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

With thanks to:
Daniel Bailey & Ivan Oyik and the team at The Birmingham Rep
MAC Birmingham
M Seven Public Relations
Kate Joyner at Silver Moon Theatre Co.
Yvette Hutchison
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
University of Warwick

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

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

https://www.switchradio.co.uk/jamessandy

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.

The Blood Tales: Kate Joyner

March 6th, 2019

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The Blood Tales transports audiences into the mystical landscape of a woman’s blood through the lens of its narrator, a witty, funny and sensual witch who is not afraid to ‘tell it how it is’. The show seeks to dispel the outdated views across the globe of shame, taboo and disgust towards women and their menstrual cycle.

The Blood Tales is presented by Silver Moon Theatre Co. and receives it's London & UK premiere on International Women's Day Friday 8 March 2019.

In this podcast, James Sandy speaks to Birmingham-born experimental actress and spoken word poet Kate Joyner about how The Blood Tales re-wires the shamed based narrative of women’s moon blood into a tale of beauty and empowerment that is both deeply provocative and political in its delivery.

This interview was first broadcast on 26th February 2019 as part of 'The New Curiosities Box' 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 for Switch Radio.

https://www.switchradio.co.uk/jamessandy

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

Image appears with kind permission.

With thanks to Mandy Rose at M Seven Public Relations.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Five

February 18th, 2019

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In this programme we catch up with longtime friend of the show Birmingham singer songwriter Dan Whitehouse, consider the dream like art of Matthew Krishanu through his exhibition 'The Sun Never Sets' and talk to folk legend Martyn Joseph as he fires out thoughtful tunes once again through his new album 'Here come the young'.

"State of the English" and "Frozen" taken from "Diversions Vol.1" by Dan Whitehouse are copyright Dan Whitehouse 2018 and released in association with Reveal Records and appear with kind permision. All rights are reserved.

"Matthew Krishanu: The Sun Never Set" runs at First Floor Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham until Sunday 10th March 2019.
For more information on the artist visit: http://www.matthewkrishanu.com/

"Here come the young" and "Loves majority" from the new album "Here come the young" by Martyn Joseph are copyright 2019 Pipe Records and appear with kind permision. All rights are reserved.

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

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

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

All rights are reserved and any artwork/photography reproduced with kind permission.