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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: 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.

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.

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 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.

‘Matthew Krishanu: The Sun Never Sets’

February 5th, 2019

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In this podcast we consider the art of Matthew Krishanu through his new exhibition 'The Sun Never Sets', which takes inspiration from his childhood spent in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to produce dream-like, reflective paintings.

Matthew Krishanu: The Sun Never Sets runs at First Floor Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham until Sunday 10th March 2019. Admission is Free.

For more venue information contact Box Office & Enquiries on 0121 446 3232 or visit: www.macbirmingham.co.uk/exhibition/the-sun-never-sets

For more information on the artist visit: http://www.matthewkrishanu.com/

'Matthew Krishanu: The Sun Never Sets- A podcast' was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.This podcast was compiled from a section of 'The New Curiosities Box' programme which 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 artwork/photograph reproduced with kind permission.

Birmingham Improv Festival 2018

October 23rd, 2018

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The Festival is celebrating its 3rd birthday in the city and has grown year on year from a weekend event in 2016 to 9 days of performances this year! A great endorsement reflecting the growing popularity of the Improvisation.

Troupes and performers from New York, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Bristol and more will be descending on the city for 9 days of comedy, fun and a bit of madness!

In this podcast I speak to JP, Kate and Jon about the forthcoming festival shows, workshops and activities.

For full listings and to book tickets go to www.birminghamimprovfestival.com/

Twitter: @bhamimprovfest
Facebook: fb.me/Brumprov
Instagram: Birmingham Improv Festival
Hashtag: #Brumprov2018

This podcast is taken from the forthcoming episode of The New Curiosities Box (31.10.18) and was produced by James Sandy for Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online. A King of the Buttons Production 2018 with thanks to M7 Public Relations.

MAC Makes Music: Switch 2

August 14th, 2018

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We return for a catch up with MAC's resident band Switch as they prepare for their 'Switch Sunset' Gig at in the MAC Arena. There's interviews with the band, back stage recordings and exclusive live performances.

With thanks to:
Switch, The Warriors, Dan Whitehouse, Holly Radford, Youth Music and all at MAC Birmingham.

Switch and the 'MAC Makes Music' project are supported by Youth Music and are part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. The work has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. For more information go to youthmusic.org.uk

'Switch 2' was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2018 for Midlands Arts Centre.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Seventeen

July 17th, 2018

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In this show we speak to up and coming singer songwriter Eileen Quigley as she lauches her new EP 'Jumpers for Goalposts', we gaze into the past through the For-wards project's 'Iris' as it adds mood to Erdington and we say goodbye to one of Birmingham's oldest markets through the immersive arts experience 'Everyting Must Go'.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 27th June 2018 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.

With thanks to Friction Arts, For-wards, Eileen Quiqley, M7 PR and 448 Creative.

'Jumpers for Goalposts', Artificial Flowers' and 'Soundtrack of Life' by Eileen Quigley appear with kind permission. All rights are reserved.

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

Sally Payen: The Fence And The Shadow at MAC Birmingham

November 1st, 2017

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In this podcast we get insight and perspective on a study of women's activism, protest and peace campsthrough a conversation with artist Sally Payen exploring The Fence And The Shadow exhibition at MAC Birmingham.

Thanks to Sally Payen & Mandy Fowler and MAC Birmingham for thier support in the making this podcast.

For more information and links check out our blog: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

This podcast is taken from a show that was first broadcast on 25th October 2017.