Eastern Electronic Festival has begun in Birmingham

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THE Eastern Electronic Festival has landed in Birmingham and will be bringing a series of ground-breaking events until its conclusion on Saturday, May 31.

The next generation of British-Asian artists will be presenting new music, commissions, art and digital projects at various venues across Birmingham including clubs, canal boats, arts centres, bars, libraries and galleries.

Internationally acclaimed and emerging musicians, producers, film-makers, photographers, DJs, spoken word artists and broadcasters will be showcasing their talents.

Sharnita K Athwal, festival artistic director, said: "“Shaanti’s Eastern Electronic Festival aims to connect generations and encourage communication - particularly around the theme of empowerment - through new music and commissions.

"Above all the festival is a means to celebrate British Asian culture as a whole."

"We want EEF2014 to help break British Asian stereotypes but at the same time highlight some of the best, undiscovered artists in the contemporary music scene. Birmingham’s place at the centre of the UK and as a major creative force makes it the perfect location to showcase new music and commissions, and we look forward to artists from within the city as well as across the globe taking part in the festival."

Highlights include Music By The Canal Tour at Brindleyplace on Saturday May 10, the photographic exhibition Twenty Years of Asian Dub Foundation from Monday, May 12 until Saturday, May 31 at The Drum, Shaanti New Music Live featuring electronic music pioneers Amit from Metalhedz, Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee, My Panda, Will Fly and The Clinic on Saturday, May, 17 at Oobleck Afie Birds.

Cult animation Sita Sings The Blues is being shown on Tuesday, May 27, at the MAC.

Free events include Best of British New Music Showcases on Thursday 8, 15 and 29 May, at Symphony Hall Café Bar, a Women’s Music Production Workshop led by producers Tigerstyle on Wednesday, May 14 at Library of Birmingham, Empowered Unity on Thursday, May 22, at the Library of Birmingham and the Eastern Pride Parade as part of Birmingham Gay Pride Weekend on Saturday, May 24.

Details of all projects can be found at www.easternelectronicfestival.co.uk.

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