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The sight and sounds of Asia take over the Midlands Arts Centre at Edgbaston.
Magazine and Review show 1980 5 mins
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At Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham the Midlands Arts Centre reverberates to the sounds of Asian music and dance. A group of young people are taking their first tentative steps in learning Bharathanatiyam dance whilst the renowned Tara Arts group has taken over the main stage to rehearse a play about the Raj. The Asian Arts Action Group is behind the event that showcases Asian culture in the Midlands.
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The Bradford Godfather
1976 49 mins Location: Bradford
Meet Mohamed Fazal Hussain, elder statesman and all-round Mr Fixit of Bradford's Muslim community, and a film mogul in the making...
Sri Lankan Kandyan Dance Troop at Sidmouth
News 1980 2 mins Location: Sidmouth
A Sri Lankan dance troop enthrals folk festival goers.
Lord Mayor at Asian "Do" at St. George's Hall
Non-Fiction 1972 0 mins Silent Location: Bradford
Quite possibly the first Indian concert to be put on in a theatre in Bradford, with striking classical Indian dancing and musical instruments.
Indian 11th Republic Day Celebrations at Leicester
News 1959 1 mins Silent Location: Leicester
Samosas sit alongside sandwiches as India's Republic Day is celebrated in fine style in Leicester.
News 1976 4 mins Location: Peterborough
Peterborough's Playbus offers a fun and welcoming space for ethnic minority families to improve their English language skills.
Asian Cultural Centre opens in Peterborough
News 1980 2 mins Location: Peterborough
Isolation can be a problem for South Asians, especially for women. A new cultural centre in Peterborough is hoping to change that.
Public Information Filler 1969 14 mins Location: Edgbaston
The original MAC Daddy; profile of Midland Arts Centre founder-director John English
Easter Holiday Activities
Non-Fiction 1957 6 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
Out and about across the Midlands to see what people do with their Easter Monday holiday. Spring is in the air with time for swimming, funfairs and a good honest pint.
Non-Fiction 1974 3 mins Location: Edgbaston
The historic landmark of Edgbaston Waterworks, a memorial to Victorian innovation in Birmingham, is under threat. Redundant industrial eyesore or work of art?
Documentary 1960 26 mins Location: Edgbaston
Edgbaston in Birmingham is an area of decaying Victoriana but can its 'charm and dignity' survive a redevelopment that will bring in 20,000 more residents?
Protest Outside Edgbaston
Non-Fiction 1971 3 mins Location: Edgbaston
Do politics and cricket mix? Tense scenes in Edgbaston as the Pakistani flag is burnt by protestors incensed by the on-going civil war in their country.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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