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Alchemy

19 May - 29 May

Alchemy returns to Southbank Centre, showcasing the dynamic creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK. Over eleven days, our spaces are enlivened with contemporary dance, performance, music and literature from international and British artists.

The festival is a space for the innovative and curious, where artists and audiences can exchange ideas. You're invited to explore a programme packed with artistic collaborations, workshops, talks, food and drink, along with a range of free events for those looking to try something new.

Now in its eighth year, Alchemy has grown to become the largest festival inspired by South Asian culture outside of the subcontinent.

This year we continue to work with national partners Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Black Country Touring, and Cast, Doncaster. Each partner curates their own bespoke Alchemy programme, featuring local and regional artists, running alongside the festival in London. This tour is generously supported by Arts Council England.

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Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:35
What are Southbank Centre's Youth Ambassadors looking forward to at Alchemy festival?
Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:35
Ahead of Alchemy festival, find out more about South Asian film with Bollywood expert Rahul Verma
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:24
Leicester comes to Alchemy for a special East Midlands Mela
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:19
Find out about the people behind the delicious food at KERB does Alchemy
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:58
Taste delicious dishes at Alchemy’s street food market, KERB, then recreate them at home
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:18
Journalist Arwa Haider introduces the hip-hop artists involved in our Beats Without Boundaries event
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:58
A quick introduction to the sights and sounds of Alchemy festival
Folk & World
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 17:30
Hamlet in Nepali, The Winter’s Tale in Urdu; Arwa Haider encounters the South Asian bard
Folk & World
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 16:45
Pakistan’s Laal and the UK’s Asian Dub Foundation perform together for the first time.
Folk & World
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:37
Amrita Riat offers an overview of the British Asian artists here at Alchemy

today

Dance
10:30 am, 24 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
Get your little ones moving and grooving to South Asian tunes
Tray of Food

Free

12:00 pm, 18 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Explore Alchemy with a belly full of spice as street food pioneers KERB return
Trapezium image

Free

Art
6:30 pm, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Play a narrative game that introduces the everyday lives of people living in Kashmir

Free

Art
6:30 pm, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Play the Walk of Life board game, based on the ancient Indian game Ganjifa
Performance
7:00 pm, 24 May 2017
The lives of Bangladeshi garment workers feature in this work in progress by Target Theatre Company
Dance
7:00 pm, 24 May 2017
Witness a cross-arts commission inspired by Dante and the astrology in Hindu mythology
Performance
Theatre
7:15 pm, 23 May 2017 - 24 May 2017
Don’t miss this funny, moving story of a British Muslim teenage girl, starring Nyla Levy
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
8:15 pm, 24 May 2017
How are art and activism inspiring social change in South Asia?

tomorrow

Tent with Installation

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Delve into a man’s search for meaning and identity within ever-changing India and Pakistan

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Explore notions of migration and heritage with a project between artists, Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
The future of migration meets the digital world of gaming in this interactive event
All India Backhod

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Get ready to laugh with this film from the hugely popular Indian satirical comedy group
Installation with Screens and Sculptures

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Admire this handmade textile installation created specifically for The Clore Ballroom

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Join in a global artistic movement of love, unity and activism

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Gain an insight into life in the UK and across the Indian subcontinent through screenings of short films

Free

10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Stop by to see a short film about this much-cooked and much-loved dish

Free

Art
10:00 am, 18 May 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Discover the performance world of sitar master Ravi Shankar and his long history with Southbank Centre at this free exhibition
Installation by Faiza Butt

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
See London-based artist Faiza Butt's large-scale light wall installations
Dance
10:30 am, 24 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
Get your little ones moving and grooving to South Asian tunes
Tray of Food

Free

12:00 pm, 18 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Explore Alchemy with a belly full of spice as street food pioneers KERB return
Talks & Topics
5:30 pm, 25 May 2017
Hear from an Alchemy artist at this event for young creatives
Trapezium image

Free

Art
6:30 pm, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Play a narrative game that introduces the everyday lives of people living in Kashmir

Free

Art
6:30 pm, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Play the Walk of Life board game, based on the ancient Indian game Ganjifa
Performance
7:45 pm, 25 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
Jyoti Dogra’s acclaimed performance piece comes to the UK

26 May 2017

Dance
Performance
10:00 am, 26 May 2017
A day for KS2 primary schools to discover and learn the dynamic dance styles of South Asia

don't miss

28 May
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear Abida Parveen, one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era, in this special performance
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Journalist Arwa Haider introduces the hip-hop artists involved in our Beats Without Boundaries event
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Find out about the people behind the delicious food at KERB does Alchemy

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