Sunday, 6 May 2012

Brazil Welcomes Birmingham!

A collection of Birmingham's well known artists and musicians have been invited to showcase their talent at Brazil’s world famous Espirito Mundo Festival - a manifestation of art, music and cultural celebration, running throughout May.
Espirito Mundo (Spirit World) based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a festival that celebrates
culture, art, and music. The festival is celebrating it’s fourth birthday this year and will
see over 25,000 festival goers travel to the site to celebrate Brazilian culture.

The Birmingham performers, who include a roster of Birmingham’s most celebrated names, have been handpicked and will be heading out to Brazil to fly the flag for the UK’s counterpart version of Espirito Mundo, Espirito Brum, which takes place September 11th-16th 2012 in the heart of Birmingham's creative quarter, Digbeth.

Espirito Brum is currently in its second year and is a recognition of cultural exchange between Birmingham and Brazil. It provides artists and musicians a meeting point to create, share and explore talent alongside artists from a far removed cultural context.

To kick-start this years Brazilian Festival the organisers of Espirito Mundo have invited 18 of this years Espirito Brum performers over to Brazil to perform at the main festival.

Performers include three-time winner of the DMC DJ Championships, DJ Switch, who receives regular airplay on BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1, and Asian Network. Having worked with the likes of Professor Green, Public Enemy and Magnetic Man,

DJ Switch is now looking forward to representing Birmingham in the Brazilian scene.

Alongside DJ Switch are friends and collaborators Munchbreak, a musically talented ensemble made up by Mr Muz, DJ Feva, Bongo Damo, and Spike Barker from the Alternative Dubstep Orchestra. They will also be joined by Glenn Anderson, a fine artist
from Birmingham who boast an impressive catalogue, having worked with the likes of:

Orange, Virgin, Birmingham Opera Company, Xbox360, and Cirque Du Soleil. His work has also recently been commissioned around Birmingham as he was selected for the JCDecaux 48 sheet commission, and is now looking forward to placing his art around Brazil.

Also joining the trip are:

Chromatouch AKA Leon Trimble, a VJ and AV (Video Jockey and Audio Visual) performer who regularly DJ’s at International festival Global Gathering

Mendi Singh
a classically trained tabla player who has performed for the Chilean president and collaborated with Paul McCartney, Tessa Burwood and Soesmix Edam of Professional Incredible (organisers of Espirito Brum), the inspiring cheapside (Birmingham)
Friction Arts, Manchester folk-hop combo Honeyfeet, and Birmingham photographer Dan Burwood.

Organisers of the Birmingham festival are currently on the look out for artist and musicians who wish to perform at this years Espirito Brum festival alongside a roster of Brazilian artists- hopefuls can head to to apply now.

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