Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom
From: 15 April 2011
Until: 25 April 2011
Performance times vary
Alchemy, an 11-day festival at London's Southbank Centre which begins today, journeys into the richness and intoxicating vitality of Indian and South Asian cultures. Now in its second year, the festival will transform London’s South Bank into a spectacular frenzy of sounds, colours and smells with a diverse series of events, ranging from dance to debate, from film to food and from contemporary music and fashion to traditional craft and poetry.
Focusing on India’s relationship with the UK, the festival explores the fast-changing cultural landscape of India and its contrasts and confluences with British culture. The collaboration between East and West is celebrated in a rich masala that promotes emerging British Asian talent and builds relationships between leading cultural organisations in the UK and India.
'Alchemy – as the name suggest – is the result of an unprecedented coming together of individuals and organisations, all of whom champion different facets of Indian culture in the UK,' explains Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre.
Highlights of the festival include traditional Sufi music from the renowned devotional Pujabi vocal artist Hans Raj Hans, a South Asian production of Eve Ensler's award-winning play Vagina Monologues starring Meera Syal and Shappi Khorsandi, and Sufi script inspired contemporary fashion by artist-designer-filmmakers Meera and Muzaffar Ali.
Follow the link to Sampad for a fuller idea of what to expect from this year's Alchemy festival.