Alchemy is Southbank Centre’s 11-day journey into the richness, contrasts and confluences of the relationship between the UK, India and South Asian culture. The festival returns for a second year, taking over the site with contemporary and traditional music and dance, debate, literature, film, craft and fashion.
Building on relationships between Southbank Centre and leading artists and cultural organisations in the UK and the Indian subcontinent, the festival looks at the region’s fast-changing economic and cultural landscape, exploring its relationship with and influence on the UK, the juxtapositions between classical and folk traditions and notions of urban and rural progress. Festival-goers can discover classical masters alongside emerging British Asian talent, folk traditions alongside contemporary experimentation, traditional dance, top writers and popular entertainment, probing debate and the latest fashion.
I’m heading for a few events (quite a lot are free!)…
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