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Apache Indian appearing at the Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park July 2014.

Music and arts festival, with reggae at its core and a message of peace

Excitement is bubbling over for the Simmer Down Festival, featuring the best of Birmingham reggae talent. Roz Laws meets the headliners

Diversity is the priceless key to the marvellous Jazz Festival

Becky Brine
The Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Graham Young meets founding director Jim Simpson to find out more

Youth comes to fore in summer concerts

CBSO Youth orchestra
Young musicians will be taking over Birmingham's most prestigious venues in the next few weeks. Christopher Morley reports

Movie star Pudsey is a natural... he knew exactly what to do

Michael Ford, co-producer of Pudsey: The Movie
Birmingham film producer Michael Ford reflects on his debut film Pudsey: The Movie. Graham Young reports

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