Very exciting to see the full programme for this year’s Flatpack Festival has been released, which takes place across Birmingham from the 23 – 28 March. Featuring a plethora of screenings, talks, workshops and performances in some of the city’s shining cultural venues including VIVID, Ikon Eastside, The Electric Cinema and Central Library, it seems organisers 7Inch Cinema have crammed even more delights in than for last year’s epic.
The full programme is available here. The festival opens on the 23 March with a rare screening of 1927 romance Sunrise, accompanied by a newly commissioned live score by jazz pianist Alcyona. The screening will be at St. Martin’s Church, which will provide a stunning backdrop to the film.
Not to wish the rest of the line-up away, but I’m most excited by the festival finale Belbury Youth Club (Sunday, 5pm, Vivid), a night of haunted soundscapes and creepy ’70s film. The evening is curated by Ghost Box Records, who release music by electronica artists inspired on library music, folklore, vintage electronics and haunted TV soundtracks. The evening will feature a live performance by Moon Wiring Club, visuals and a DJ set by The Focus Group. If you’re aware of our events, you’ll know we take a great interest in artists who explore nostalgia and the resonance of the past in their music, so this is right up our street/ dark alley.
Other music events of note at Flatpack are a performance by one of British electronic music’s most inventive artists, Clark (part of Synth Eastwood’s Fast Forward, Friday, 8pm, Rainbow Warehouse) and an audio-visual extravaganza by Birmingham’s own Modulate (Sunday, 2pm, Vivid).