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Un-Convention Salford 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 11:00 PM (BST)
Salford, United Kingdom
Un-Convention – 1st – 3rd
October, 2010 - full programme on www.unconventionhub.org
From Brass Bands to Colombian Hip Hop.
This year’s national Un-Convention event promises to be the biggest and best yet. Taking influence from Un-Convention events around the world and inviting some of the most inspirational and influential figures from the global grassroots music scene – this year will use Un-Conventional spaces – including a barge, Salford Lads Club, Sacred Trinity Church, Islington Mill, Central Salford Station; and explore new and cutting edge issues around music, technology and creativity.
We have so far confirmed that Bill Drummond, Roisin Murphy, Jarvis Cocker, Martin Atkins, Jon McClure, Brian Travers, Billy Bragg, Kevin Cummins and Don Letts will be doing unusual and interesting things in the most unexplored places in the City. We will also host a travelling circus; music photography on buildings; very special interactive performances in unusual spaces around Salford and a brass band opening the event.
The panel programme features: Andrew Dubber (New Music Strategies), Aki Nawaz (Fundamental), Steve Lawson, Scott Cohen (The Orchard), Jason Singh, Cilla Baynes (Community Arts NW), Vijay Nair (OML India), Martin Giraldo (La Capsula, Colombia), Lykle de Vries (New Music Labs, Netherlands), John Robb, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly.
Panel content includes; ‘the politicisation of music’; ‘a digital day on a barge’; ‘music as a tool for social change’; ‘do it together’, ‘bands and brands’, ‘building a sustainable career in music’ and ‘we fought the law’.
Music from Roisin Murphy, Billy Bragg, Juno Reactor, Ghetto Priest, Reverend Soundsystem, Gabby Young and Other Animals performing with Eccles Borough Brass Band, Kid British, Silverclub, Jah Wobble, The Beating Wing Orchestra, The Unabombers, The Whip DJs, Young Fathers, Paul Green, King Capisce, Joe Kriss, The Janice Graham Band, Phillious Williams, Caro Snatch, Naomi Kashiwagi and Matthew Krysko, Mendiamler, Debt Records Stage and Coupe De Ville… plus many more.
Plus a very special one off performance with Jon McClure, Martin Atkins, Jah Wobble, Jarvis Cocker, The BBC Philharmonic and performers from DR Congo, Poland, Colombia, Brazil, Africa and more places around the world.
Music nights curated by BBC Introducing, Helmets for Men, Debt Records and Now Then Magazine.
Salford based music industry event, Un-Convention is a global grassroots music event and community – that meets physically and virtually to share ideas; discuss and debate cutting edge issues around music, technology and creativity; and facilitates members engagement with their peers. Un-Convention is not about the business of music. The community is driven by a not for profit initiative that sees opportunity for the grassroots in the changes to the way music is being produced, consumed and sustained.
Starting as an alternative to mainstream music events around the world – Un-Convention was first held in Salford in October 2008. Two years on and 11 events later, Un-Convention has grabbed the attention of the global grassroots music community and now has events taking place in India, Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Germany, USA, Iceland – each event carrying the overall Un-Convention ethos, but each driven by it’s local grassroots music scene and infrastructure. All being coordinated from Salford with instigators around the globe.
*** This is the early bird ticket giving you full access to main panel content and music events. You will also have the opportunity to be the first to sign up to additional weird and wonderful activities including barge trips and a music experiment with Bill Drummond. ***
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Un-Convention is a unique cultural organisation based in Manchester. Un-Convention is a grassroots, DIY and independent global music community and a series of events and initiatives crowd sourced from its community. It is un-conventional in its approach, locally driven and globally connected. It seeks to inform, empower and reach those with the least opportunity. The community is driven by a not-for-profit initiative that sees opportunity for the grassroots in changes to the way that music is being produced, consumed and sustained. Un-Convention understands that the most interesting stuff happens on the margins. Un-Convention doesn’t believe in ‘do it yourself’. We believe in ‘do it together’. We facilitate and support music as a tool for social change.
Over the past 3 years, Un-Convention has delivered 34 major events around the globe, spanning 6 continents and 16 countries and has another 20 events planned for 2012-13. Un-Convention happens over five continents and in cities from Swansea to Sao Paulo. Un-Convention annually involves 1,500 artists and bands, 16,400 participants, 36,000 gig goers and 140,000 people online. Of those attending Un-Convention, 40% of people are from disadvantaged backgrounds. It happens in some of the most amazing spaces including The Roundhouse, Auditorio Ibirapuera, and Rusholme’s Curry Mile; and as part of some incredible festivals like Primavera Sound, Eurosonic and MICA.
Un-Convention develops initiatives suggested by it’s global community of musicians, creatives and entrepreneurs, such as the development of a touring network; sharing models of best practice; development of music cooperatives in places like Uganda to bolster the music industry; international mentoring schemes and a music equipment recycling scheme.
Un-Convention has responded to a changing musical landscape and developed an innovative global infrastructure of the future music industry. It is an example of cutting edge cultural ideas and innovation on a truly global scale, founded in and led from Manchester. Un-Convention has an exceptional reach with the work it carries out and works with partners including The British Council, The University of Manchester, governments around the world and brands.