Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop, at BRASS Durham International Festival.
This international event is the festival equivalent of giving brass music a good rub-down and really bringing out its sheen. Local artists are commissioned to create street installations with a ‘brass’ theme, allowing audiences to focus with fresh eyes on this music tradition that’s so important in Durham.
The ears are also catered for by the likes of the Always Drinking Marching Band, who include surreal musical gags and a brass reworking of rock ’n’ roll amongst their repertoire – along with the Hackney Colliery Band, known for its mix of contemporary hip hop and Balkan beats. The highlight for many is the Durham Miners’ Gala, a parade through the streets of brass bands and banners, in celebration of the city’s coal mining heritage.
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