Zara McFarlane and Ayanna Witter Johnson for Kinch’s Flyover Show


Soweto Kinch's free one-day arts festival, The Flyover Show, returns on Saturday 18 August, 12.30pm- 9pm, at Hockley Flyover Underpass, Birmingham.

Founded by the acclaimed saxophonist, MC and BBC presenter, the event is set in the Hockley underpass in the heart of inner city Birmingham. The event has regularly featured many emerging and established artists with previous events featuring performances by Goldie, Maxi Priest, Ms Dynamite and Jamaican jazz guitar legend Ernest Ranglin.

Two fast rising female stars will appear this year in the form of award-winning singer songwriters Zara McFarlane and Ayanna Witter Johnson, as well as Kinch himself, all performing for the 6,000-strong crowd expected to attend the show. Multiple arts activities will also take place throughout the day with graffiti artists, performance poets and street dance crews scattered throughout the performance space. As Kinch states about the event: "Flyover Show breaks down [the] constraints of race, culture and class, bringing world-renowned acts right into the heart of our community."

Hockley is a deliberate choice of location, as an area often branded as rife with gun crime and racial tension. Kinch's response is to reframe these preconceptions to transform it into a place known for promoting creative opportunity and expression.

Mike Flynn

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