BASS Festival (East Midlands)
BASS Festival is a month-long celebration of urban and B.M.E arts across the Midlands, pioneered by Punch Records. Taking place throughout June annually, it features dance, visual art, poetry, theatre and live music. For two consecutive years, 2Funky Arts led activity across the East Midlands, overseeing the work of Hella Music (Nottingham) and Baby People (Derby), as well as programming a range of innovative events in Leicester. The 2007 festival saw Leicester events such as Tha’ Lo’Down and ILUVLIVE draw large audiences. The 2008 festival explored the main elements of Hip-Hop culture, with events in 24 venues and over 4000 people participating in the East Midlands alone. Leicester’s first BASS Slam featured twenty artists competing at The Peepul Centre for the champion’s title, with more traditional poets performing alongside rap artists. In 2009, 2Funky Arts’ Urban Legacy exhibition was a key feature of the festival, with its ‘African Influences’ theme. The festival has always attracted a significant amount of media attention.
BASS Festival (East Midlands) was funded by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and Leicester City Council.
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