2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of reggae. This year, BASS2018 and Punch Record pay homage to the culture and heritage of a distinctive genre that has enriched the soundscape of the world over the last five decades. As part of the celebrations, the Art of Reggae Exhibition was mounted from October 2- 18. It featured  101 reggae-inspired posters from the 6th International Reggae Poster Contest, designed by artists and illustrators from around the world. All posters were available for purchase via silent auction. Proceeds will go to The Alpha Boys’ School which played a foundational role in the development of Jamaican music.

There were 100 people in attendance at the launch, with speeches made by members of legendary Birmingham reggae band Steel Pulse and lovers rock singer/songwriter Carroll Thompson.  Emerging reggae artist Beeniice also performed.



What is BASS?

BASS is the UK’s biggest Black arts commissioning festival, actively bringing innovative themes, original events and internationally renowned artists to the UK for over a decade.

What is Punch?

Punch is the UK’s leading arts and music development agency, with a mission to transform lives through music. Punch commissions a range of culturally diverse artists to create exciting and innovative productions that appeal to a wide audience.  The agency regularly engages with underrepresented groups through outreach programmes and targeted events.