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Flux-Con & AfroFlux Zone
May 11 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pmFree
Afroflux will be taking over a whole section of The Birmingham Hippodrome on the 11th May for the B-Side Hip Hop Festival
Flux-Con – Comics Panels Films etc from 12 midday
11am – FluxCon starts (soft set up for those presenting and selling)
12 midday – Panel
Run time 45 mins appx
Topic – “This year’s AfroFlux is dealing in particular with The Reality Of Entertainment – Beyond ‘making it’.
Our focus will be not only to show the arts and creative skills, to hone them, but to also make sure they can be kept. It’s one thing to support a Hip Hop star or superhero film but how do we make and sustain our own? Who do we speak to to make this a reality?”
The FluxCon will be a more considered affair this year and will be giving salutations to not only the many successes of projects such as Marvel’s Black Panther film but also to one of the Wakandan character’s creators, the Marvel Comics genius Stan Lee (RIP).
As well as it’s usual fare of comics, zines, cosplay and their respective creators, we will be having a panel that discusses the great achievements marked in recent years by creators of colour. Though maybe the most important thing will be speaking to those who are and have made strides to show others how to get there too.
Juice Aleem will be presenting this alongside Florence Okoye of Afrofutures UK.
Danny F The Art Sloth (Skank Magazine)
Legendary artist and writer from the classic controversial Black British comic, Skank Magazine. Find out about his newest Hip Hop and Windrush influenced projects.
Director, documentary maker and writer for the hit Image comic Surgeon X. This comic tale broke boundaries with it’s take on a near-future world short on medical aid and high in political intrigue.
Phil Tommy (film maker)
Actor and stunt-man for major motion pictures as well as indie Director and Producer. His last film made it to the Amazon streaming service and it’s follow-up Vajra, looks to do even more business.
Sun Rei (Cosplayer)
Oraine Johnson (Themis / Lucid)
(of Themis media) Who are one the win trail as they promote the release of their new comic and short film Lucid (which we were happy to have helped promote at the first Fluxcon). Lucid is a Birmingham based story of a young man introduced to a world of strange new powers through his dreams.
1pm – Short film Bang Bang by NFX FIlms
1.30pm Short film Vajra (appx 12 mins) written and directed by Phil Tommy
2pm – FluxCon Quiz – prize give away
2.30pm – FluxCon Cosplay Display (includes those who took part in Sun’s workshop) Prize give away
FluxCon market contributors so far:
Themis Creative – Oraine Johnson
Danny F The Art Sloth
Ginger Dan Illustration
Also – Face Painting by Karmen Cheung
Finish 5pm appx
AfroFlux area – Epod 3000 and Loma Pekoe painting from 11am
Loma is a Graffiti and Street Artist who will be exploring the syncretic themes between Dominican Voodu and the Catholic pantheon. Her work manages to bring the personal into public spaces through a distinctly vivid skill set.
Epod 3000 manages to bring an unknown future to existence right in front of our very eyes: blending classic Sci-Fi imagery with a Panzerist mind eye view.
Djs and artists from around 1pm including Latifah Stone, Afroqueen with band, T33K1D, Dj Nucleo, Bunny Bread and TIE.
Latifah Stone and DJ Nucleo 1-3pm
Latifah is a purveyor of all styles of Black music and plays in such a way that even the most un-funky is able to get down.
Nucleo is an award Turntablist extraordinaire. For him a scratch is
like a key on a piano. It’s concerto time.
T33K1D – 2pm.
Making more and more of a name for himself since leaving South Africa and creating a home in The West Midlands, T33k1D is more than ready to show the world his global consciousness.
Afroqueen – 3pm
This young artist has really begun to make waves over the last couple of years. With her band in tow, it’s time to prepare for the tsunami.
TIE – 4pm
A force of performance nature from her songwriting and singing, to production and straight up Rap songs. Switching from Wolof to English then to French or Serer it can be hard to keep your sights on Tie but you’ll never lose focus of this Senegalese sensation.