RICH MIX ARTS CENTRE joins with MAJOR BRITISH ASIAN ARTISTS AND UK-BASED CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS TO CELEBRATE NEW SEASON OF SOUTH ASIAN EVENTS PROGRAMME

RICH MIX ARTS CENTRE joins with MAJOR BRITISH ASIAN ARTISTS AND UK-BASED CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS TO CELEBRATE  NEW SEASON OF SOUTH ASIAN EVENTS PROGRAMME

From now till December 2010, Rich Mix Centre in Bethnal Green, London is celebrating a South Asian programme of Music, Dance, Theatre, Film, Documentaries, Educational and Family Activities. Events range from classical dance, musical theatre and performances by the very best UK British Music Talent including Former Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network DJ Bobby Friction, Hip Hop Star Sarah Sayeed, Musicians Arun Ghosh and Susheela Raman. Films and documentaries explore the history and issues facing countries such as Pakistan and Kashmir, Bangladeshi Victory Day is celebrated and Mayuri Booham performs Bharat Natyam dance. An array of Educational and Family Workshops with participatory activities also guarantees enjoyment for families and young children.

Jane Earl, Director of Rich Mix says:
“We are delighted to have such a stellar line up of artists as part of our programme. Our aim is to be a place where all the communities of the world who live in East London can come together to experience art, and to make art accessible to all. With this programme we hope to welcome back former visitors and introduce ourselves to some new audiences who will want to come and experience all Rich Mix has to offer.”

MUSIC

Bobby Friction Presents a night of eclectic South Asian vibes from Pakistani Punks and Punjabi Dubstep through to Bangladeshi Bass, the night is a celebration of a definitive UK sound with an emphasis on LIVE performance (Fri 17 Dec / 8pm / Bar / £7 adv / £10 door). Susheela Raman announces the trailblazing OuterIndia residency at Rich Mix on the last Tuesday of each month. OuterIndia celebrates intense connections between London, the Subcontinent and the world, showcasing visionary artists in the musical, visual and written arts, topped off by Keralan Cuisine (Tue 30 Nov / 6pm / Bar / £8 adv / £11 door). Arun Ghosh’s musical vision and vocabulary reflects his rich geographical heritage. His Indo-Jazz Sextet play original music of South Asian origin with a contemporary jazz attitude, rocking urban beats and the passion of punk (Sun 19 Dec / 6pm / Bar / Free). Acts include Sarah Sayeed, Sanchita Farruque and Moushumi Bhowmik with a visual performance from Poulomi Desai (Fri 3 Dec / 7pm / Bar / £5 adv / £7 door) in an all-star eclectic female line up of vocalists, soul divas, DJ’s and artists presented by South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. Bangladesh Victory Day is celebrated on Thu 16 Dec (Bar / £5 adv / £7 door).

DANCE

Mayuri Boonham pushes choreographic boundaries in this double bill with her visionary approach to developing innovative Bharata Natyam dance. (Wed 1 Dec / 7.30pm / Venue 1 / £12, £10 concs).

FILM

Mara Pictures presents Bhutto, a look at the assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was born into a wealthy landowning family, often referred to as the “Kennedy’s of Pakistan”, that rose up to become Pakistan’s dominant political dynasty. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Benazir’s life was transformed when her father, the iconic first democratically elected president of Pakistan, chose her over his eldest son to carry his political mantle. Benazir broke the Islamic glass ceiling as the world’s first woman to lead a Muslim nation. Her two terms in power saw acts of both courage and controversy as she eradicated polio, stood up for women while fighting the male-dominated political elite and facing accusations of corruption. With her assassination she transcended politics, but left behind an historic legacy that will be debated for years to come. (Sun 7 Nov / 2pm / Screen 3 / Standard price Dir: Duane Baughman, Johnny O’Hara 2010 / UK/USA / 115mins / Cert 15 / Documentary/Biography). Mara Pictures also presents Zero Bridges-the first dramatic narrative feature film about contemporary daily life in Kashmir, filmed entirely on location in Srinagar, with a strictly local cast of first-time, non-professional actors performing in their native Kashmiri language and with a technical crew of one: The Director! (Sun 14 Nov / 2pm / Screen 3 / Standard Dir: Tariq Tapa; Starring Mohammad Imran Tapa, Taniya Khan 2008 / India / USA / 96 mins / Cert 15).

DOCUMENTARIES

After The Apocalypse looks at the descendants of the victims of the Soviet’s secret nuclear test site in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan where Doctors and scientists blame inherited genetic effects on children through the generations, from the radiation. Now the state response is a proposed scheme to clean out those with bad genes, by preventing them from getting pregnant. (Followed by Q&A with director Antony Butts Tue 16 Nov / Screen 3 / 7.30pm / Standard Dir: Antony Butts 2010 / Kazakhstan / 72mins / Cert 15 / Documentary). Mara Pictures presents Cooking with Stella- As head housekeeper at a diplomatic residence in New Delhi, Stella serves up delectable dishes to a succession of Ottawa civil servants. But while she sets a divine table, some of her other activities are less above board. Through finely orchestrated duplicity, she skims inflated bills to pad her modest salary and raids her employers’ pantry for her own "duty free" business. (Sun 21 Nov / 2pm / Screen 3 / Standard Dir: Dilip Mehta Starring: Don McKellar, Seema Biswas 2010 / Canada /104 min).

EDUCATIONAL AND FAMILY EVENTS
When the Lights Went Out-The Story of Divali by TARA ARTS is a captivating show that brings all the spectacle and wonder of the story of the Indian Festival of lights to children and their families (Fri 5 Nov / 10.30am / 1.30pm / Venue 1 / £4 per pupil / £1 per accompanying adult AND Sat 6 Nov / 11am / 2pm / Venue 1 / £4 per person Running time: 50 minutes for children aged 6 to 11years). Secondary Schools and Colleges can enjoy SIVA & Ghatam Dance Workshops by ATMA Dance Company where students can learn short movement phrases to experience a different way of moving the body with rhythmic co-ordination (Thu 25 Nov / 10.30am / 1.30pm / Venue 2 / £5 per student / £1 per accompanying adult-Level: Key Stages 3 & 4, Post 16 Subject: Dance, Performing Arts, PE, Dance).
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR ALL EVENTS AT RICH MIX BOX OFFICE:
0207 6137498 or email for more information: boxoffice@richmix.org.uk

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