Brum Spirit takes over The Moseley School of Art for a weekend of music, arts, film and food. Founded in 2011 to foster cooperation between artists in the city and arrange one off world music and art events. They manage to cram an insane amount of challenging and thought provoking art from around the world into just one weekend. Here’s our picks.

Unless stated all events take place at the School of Art and are free. 

Mustang (dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015, cert 15) Kicking off the weekend before the School of Art opens its doors is this acclaimed Turkish drama. Oscar nominated amongst a whole glut of awards the film is a powerful social realist drama exploring familial pressures that explode with tragic results. Gruelling in parts, the clash of wide eyed innocence and grinding conformity is expertly rendered.
Fri 22 Jul 7.30pm at Ort Cafe, 500 – 504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH £5.

Panorama do Choro – Upbeat traditional instrumental rhythms from the seven piece Brazilian jazz collective. Bring your bossa nova boots.
Sat Jul 23, 4pm.

KateGoes – ‘Brums most eccentric gawk pop trio’ are learning a Brazilian carnival march from 1939 and inviting the audience to join in. Here are the chords: INSTRUMENTAL Gm Dm E A Am… Gm Dm E Dm CHORUS Dm-A-Dm Gm Dm A Dm A Dm Gm Dm A Dm VERSE C7 F C7 F A Dm Gm A7. Here’s the video to practice to Now go make some Brazilian marching noise.
Sat Jul 23, 5pm.

A Syrian Love Story – (dir: Sean McAllister, 2015, cert 12A) Filmed over five years and charting the travails of a family struggling under the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Never could a film about Syrian refugees be more pertinent than in the intolerant and bruising social climate of today’s world. An important and vital piece of documentary film making.
Sun Jul 24. 3pm.

I Am Nasrine – (dir: Tina Gharavi, 2012, cert 15) The BAFTA nominated film took five years to complete and had to be smuggled out of Iran. The titular Nasri and her brother flee persecution in Iran and end up living on a council estate in the north of England. A stunning debut which is poignantly acted throughout and features a surprisingly cool soundtrack. In the words of Sir Ben Kingsley ‘an important and much needed film’.
Sun Jul 24, 5pm.

Check out the full line up here

Fri 22 Jul - Sun 24 Jul
Giles Logan
Published on:
Tue 12 Jul 2016