Bass FestivalBASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds), the UK’s only month-long celebration of Black music and art, returns to Birmingham in June with a citywide feast of urban music and culture. The festival is now in its fifth year and this year’s line up of events, produced by Punch Records, new commissions, gigs, exhibitions, master classes, showcases, club nights, theatre, conferences and film is out now.

The theme for BASS 2010 is DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) forms the building blocks of life and controls the development and functioning of all known living organisms. But what does DNA mean to us individually in the 21st century? Identity, test tubes, control, heritage, science, ID cards, family, databases, samples, genomes, protest? The fifth BASS festival will explore how DNA varies and develops, whether caused by external forces, or by personal development, enabling us to rethink our evolving identities.

For more information please visit the BASS website.