ME Dance - Festival of dance in celebration of Spaghetti Junction

ME Dance – Festival of dance in celebration of Spaghetti Junction

A festival of live dance and music will take place on 27-28 July in celebration of Spaghetti Junction. Presented by ME Dance, this free two-day event will also include exhibitions, workshops, food and stalls.

Taking place underneath Spaghetti Junction itself, The Junction is a great way to take a new look at the familiar interchange, whilst enjoying an afternoon of free, locally-grown entertainment.

Visitors can enjoy performance of a brand-new dance work, called The Junction, that has been created by ME Dance especially for this event. The company have researched stories into the people who lived in Erdington, Gravelly Hill and Aston before Spaghetti Junction was built in the 1960s. The area became a centre for migration as people from across the Commonwealth made Birmingham their home, including members of the Windrush Generation.

Skilled dancers from ME Dance and ME Youth Graduate Company, plus Leicester-based break-dance company Company Apidae will all perform. 

Marcia Edwards, Artistic Director of ME Dance, explains, “Spaghetti Junction is a national icon, and we want to remember the people who made it and celebrate the communities that live amongst it now. In the last seventy years of so, this area of Birmingham has become home to people from across the Commonwealth, including of course the Windrush Generation. It’s also a centre for travel, with the motorway, canals, cycle paths and railway lines all crossing through the area – but people rarely venture into the space around and under the junction itself. This event and our new dance work will let us look at this special part of the city in a new way. It should be a really special event for local people.”

ME Dance is a contemporary dance company based in West Bromwich. It is the only professional contemporary dance company in the Black Country, and is led by Marcia Edwards, a Black-British Caribbean woman. The company has grown significantly in the past 6 years, and now consists of a team of 7 professional dancers. As well as professional performances, the company is committed to raising the next generation of dancers; the ME Youth Graduate company is a training programme for women aged 13-25.

ME Dance has performed at various festivals and venues across the Midlands, including the Arena Theatre (Wolverhampton), The Courtyard (Hereford) and BDN’s Introducing programme. In 2021, Canal and River Trust commissioned ME Dance to put on a series of pop-up shows called Chain Stories. These performances took place along the canals and nature reserves in the Black Country.

ME Dance presents The Junction on Saturday 27 July, 12 – 4pm and Sunday 28 July, 1 – 4.30pm.

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ME Dance present The Junction this July, Photo credit ME Dance