Birmingham’s leading arts development agency, Punch, have announced the theme for this year’s BASS2018.
REGGAE 50 will celebrate the Golden anniversary of the genre, with a focus on the impact it has had on music, popular culture and the world at large. It takes place throughout October
The spotlight includes contributions from some of Reggae’s biggest names, from Jamaica and the UK.
Punch CEO Ammo Talwar MBE said “As the festival approaches it’s twelfth presentation we are proud to herald the incredible achievements that Reggae has accomplished. As a music form it fights above it’s weight, and as a cultural entity you cannot imagine a world without it. BASS2018 allows us to give due acclaim to those in the Reggae world who have made it the potent force that it is.”
Confirmed participation from Reggae luminaries including Freddie McGregor, Toots & The Maytals, an exclusive masterclass from Grammy winning producer Winta James, Lovers Rock queen Carroll Thompson and the UK’s Christopher Ellis. BASS2018 also commemorates the 40th anniversary of the release of the iconic Steel Pulse album “Handsworth Revolution” as well a special four-week film series which includes some of reggae’s classic movies. There will also be a unique art exhibition which gives a platform for 100 reggae inspired posters, designed by artist and illustrators from around the globe.