FLUXCON | June 2023

AFROFLUX is back at B-Side Hip Hop Festival this year with another FLUXCON on Saturday 10th June from 12noon Until 5.30pm At Birmingham Hippodrome. This year B-Side is celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop, and Afroflux will be bringing performance art, street art, martial arts, life drawing, comics and more.

Hip Hop is Afro Futuristic travel. The legendary MC and DJ Grandmaster Caz, told us that “Hip Hop didn’t invent anything. But it reinvented everything.”

Hip Hop didn’t invent rapping, or using decks, or, graffiti but it brought it all together, and reinvigorated street culture. You’re not supposed to use record decks like that, or beat box like that, or rap over someone else’s music, changing their composition, or spin on your head but Hip Hop has been home to remix culture. It was totally revolutionary, as far as music goes and people are still innovating, changing the world over.

Afroflux is about reinvigorating ourselves. It’s about revisiting, inventing, and re-imagining future ways of doing things.

It’s still different, and uniquely distinct, and evolving, and that’s perfect for Afroflux.

As always, we warmly welcome everyone of all ages to come along!

Expo

Explore the work of makers from across Birmingham and around the UK as they present DIY creations, prints, zines, crafts, t-shirts, comics and more, for you to discover, buy and trade.

Live Performance

This FLUXCON is in collaboration with B-Side Hip Hop festival, so as well as spoken word from the UK’s best poetic voices, expect live graffiti, breakin and beats from live DJs.

Workshops

Drop in to a workshop to get live drawing, moving, making, and creating connections. Expect an open space to learn new skills throughout the day, where you can spend as little or as long as you like, with sessions also being added and popping up on the day.

Cosplay

As always, you’re welcome to come as you are or in your latest cosplay!

Regenerative Book Shop

We’ll have a box of books from our own book shelves on-site that we’re offering on a pay as you feel basis. If you want to add yours to the stack, please feel free to!

After Party

Channel 7, Gibb St, Deritend, Birmingham, B9 4AT

From 6pm we’ll will head over to the bar Channel 7, a fifteen-minute walk away from the FLUXCON venue. Channel 7 play mostly Dancehall, Rap, R&B, Grime and Hip Hop, and have booths and a bar where we can carry on the conversations and energy into the evening.

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What’s On

For this FLUXCON we have a line up largely made up of local gems; movers, makers, seekers and creators. If you’ve got something(s) you want to share, we’d love to hear from you –  get in touch.

Get Involved

Check out what’s happening and when below. Keep in mind that because we’re working with people, we might needs to change things up a bit, but we’ll keep you as informed and up to date as we can on this page, and on the AFROFLUX Facebook + Instagram.

Portable Paradise Poetry

with Poet Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson is a Dub poet, spoken word poet and winner of the TS Eliot and Ondaatje Prize in 2019.   Roger is a renaissance man and educator who will be giving a performance and Q+A about his work and it’s relationship to Hip Hop in it’s 50th year.

“The voice in our communal consciousness” – Afua Hirsch

“One of the most important poetic voices in the UK right now” – Raymond Antrobus.

Connect with Roger Robinson on Instagram @rogerrobinsononline

Mama Moon Interactive Performance

with Zinha

“In a galaxy seeking new futures, Moon Mama wants you to Dance!” Moon Mama is an intergalactic meta human journeying to earth soon to meet you. You’ll also get to meet Zinha to ask her about the Black-led Afrofuturist immersive film project in development.

Connect with Zinha / Mama Moon on Instagram @moonmamamove

Rizmi DJ SET

We couldn’t get enough of DJ Rizmi’s sonic Black and brown sounds at the last Fluxcon, so we’ve invited her back to bring high energy vibes to the space. Rizmi (Selextorhood, Sable and Narr Radio)  is interested in how the dimensions of music bring about collective movement – dissolving perceived boundaries between people and time – into the present and Oneness.

Connect with Rizmi on Instagram @rizmi_____

Soundcloud rizm-i

Seamless Tehn DJ Set

with Tehn

DJ Tehn is on one of the finest purveyors of soulful hip hop, broken beats and rare grooves. We’ve seen him play as a resident DJ at neighbourhd, a monthly night of Jazz/Future-Soul/Hip-Hop/Fusion and vibes at Night Owl, and with organix, an events collective bringing the raw and progressive sounds of Birmingham and beyond.  It’s been a while but we’re more than happy to see him play for Afroflux again.

Connect with Tehn on Instagram @seamlesstehn

WAVEY LINES | LIFE DRAWING SESSION

with Sun Rei

A special life-drawing session for people of all abilities. Practise the art of drawing with Sun Rei, a talented, enthusiastic bubble of Manga and K-Pop knowledge who, as well as being an engineer,  makes her own cosplay outfits. She will be doing short 2, 5 and 10 minute poses for us to practise our form and proportions. Drawing materials will be available but feel free to bring your own tools.

Over the years, Wavey Lines has been a space for Afroflux to connect and catch up with each other while practising our drawing skills in a non-pressured environment. It’s a fun, relaxing activity to do, whether you’re a seasoned visual artist or picking up a pencil for the first time in a while. Hope to see you there!

Connect with Sun Rei on Instagram @sun.rei77

INTRODUCTORY CAPOEIRA SESSION

with Denise Pantera

A gentle intro into the world of Capoeira with Denise Pantera, a dancer and Capoeirista with over 20 years of experience in this Afro-Brazilian art and culture.

Many people know of Capoeira as a very flashy and acrobatic martial art style that takes a lot of energy to study, but in this session Denise will be showing a more relaxed and easy going version of this fascinating artform. Please bring loose fitting clothes and a flexible mind.

Connect with Denise on Instagram @deniseamory.r

Where It’s Warm DJ Set

One half of this high vibes selector duo will be playing warm, soulful grooves for the Fluxcon community and B-Side at large.  Energy is the one thing to follow that lets you go Where It’s Warm

Connect with them on Instagram @whereitswarm_

Gaming & Occulus VR

with King Otaku Gaming

The King Otaku Gaming family organises online gaming sessions and tournaments in venues around Birmingham. Drop by for classic fighting games such as Street Fighter and Tekken, or try Occulus VR gaming with other players, both seasoned and new. There will also be family friendly games to play.

Connect with King Otaku Gaming on Instagram @kingotakugaming

Live Graffiti Wall Art

Pekoe

Pekoe is a Bristol-based illustrator and muralist with a passion for painting walls and found objects in a unique style influenced by Dominican heritage, social justice, classical paintings and graffiti.

Connect with Pekoe on Instagram @sneakpekoe

Lo

Designer and Entrepreneur, Lo has a bold, quirky animated style of artwork that can be seen in wall art, book illustrations, album covers, logo designs and portraiture.

Connect with Glowidlo on Instagram @glowidlo

Bunny Bread

Bunny is a multi-disciplinary artist returning to the Afroflux wall with his usual High Flare. You can find his community art based projects and murals across Birmingham and the UK.

Connect with Bunny on Instagram @icreatenotdestroy

EXPO

The expo will be open to the public for the duration of the FLUXCON from 12noon until 5pm. We’ve listed the makers and creators who will be selling their work below. If you’d like to sell your work or goodies at this event we’d love to here from you, reach out via this form.

Get Involved

Waheeda Art

Waheeda is an incredibly talented multidisciplinary artist based in Birmingham, UK, whose work is inspired by her British-Bangladeshi heritage, cartoons and video games.

Connect with Waheeda on Instagram @waheeda_art

Website waheeda.co.uk

BlastFest UK

Anita Shervington will be hosting a BlastFest UK space, exploring science and technology through Black Arts and Culture.

Connect with Anita on Instagram @blastfestuk

Twitter @blastfestuk

Solar Punk Stories

Solar Punk Stories is a collective of creatives bringing thrilling tales from better futures to inspire radical change.

Connect with Solar Punk Stories on Instagram @solarpunkstories

And on their website solarpunkstories.com

Aliyah Art

Multidisciplinary Artist specialising in illustration, graphic design and creating work that embraces self love, diversity and mental health, influenced by cartoons, video games and anime.

Connect with Aliyah on Instagram @aliyahart

Marcus Unchained

London-based, Nigerian-born Comic Nerd and Writer for New Africa Comics, the home of great stories inspired by African mythology, culture and people.

Connect with Marcus on Instagram @marcusunchained

FuturePast Zine

FuturePast Zines make music zines, release music, produce music & play tunes at parties and on their monthly show on Sub FM.

Connect with FuturePast Zine on Instagram @futurepastzine

Website futurepastzine.com

RICHIE THE CATERPILLAR

Richie is a multi-talented artist with a slant towards genre film and horror. Richie’s illustrations have graced zines and film screenings where supporters have noted his skill level and attention to detail.

Connect with Richie on Instagram @richie_the_caterpillar

BEN | THE 21 PIRATES

Ben is a graphic designer and illustrator who works a lot with gaming brands such as Bandai and Namco. He is also a member of The 21 Pirates, a yearly exhibition based on the themes of film, comics and video game crossover artwork.

Connect with Ben on Instagram @22spacehead

Sara Kenney

Researcher, Journalist, Writer, Producer and Creative Director of Film, TV, Comics and Wowbagger Productions, telling stories inspired by science and health.  Sara is a wealth of information in all of her fields and is responsible for several of the most unique comics of recent years including DIVOC 91 and Surgeon X.

Connect with Sara on her website wowbaggerproductions.co.uk

Twitter @saramkenney

Bee the Illustrator

Birmingham/London based Illustrator and Artist with a bold, energetic, vibrant style that embraces themes of psychedelics, life after death and beauty.

Connect with Bee on Instagram @beetheillustrator.917

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