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Your Local Arena Film Screening and Panel Talk: Rudies Come Back or The Rise and Rise of 2-Tone – Free event!

Thursday 25 July 2024 at 19:00 at the British Library, London NW12DB.
With its home in Coventry, its roots in reggae and its multiracial bands, 2-Tone was a British musical phenomenon. As part of the British Library’s Beyond the Bassline season, Your Local Arena screens Rudies Come Back, the energetic 1980 BBC Arena film made right at the moment that 2-Tone was emerging, capturing its unique blend of 1960s blue beat and ska with 1970s reggae, soul and punk.
After the film, the accompanying panel discussion includes ska singer Rhoda Dakar, whose band The Bodysnatchers was around at the time, and the discussion will be chaired by Daniel Rachel, author of Too Much Too Young, The 2-Tone Records Story.
The event finishes with a new poem inspired by the film by the #YourLocalArena roaming-poet-in-residence, Helen Thomas. It promises to be an unforgettable evening highlighting Britain’s most multiracial music genre and it is completely free!
Get your free ticket now at the link in the bio. Booking early is recommended as this event will be very popular.
See also at: https://beyondthebasslineevents.seetickets.com/…/3083981
Your Local Arena is a Lucy Hannah & Speaking Volumes co-production featuring BBC Arena’s film archive. Funded by Arts Council England.
Your Local Arena is a unique project featuring iconic films from the archives of BBC TV’s Arena, the pioneering cultural documentary series. It includes new poems inspired by the Arena films and panel talks to explore the continuing relevance of the Arena archives today. The Your Local Arena concept was developed by Lucy Hannah and Speaking Volumes, with Arena’s award-winning director/editor Anthony Wall as creative consultant, and funded by Arts Council England.

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