Celebrating and exploring the arts, culture and politics of the countries of the Indian subcontinent and their relationship with the UK, the festival has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. This year’s festival will also see Alchemy tour for the first time across England due to support from Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This has enabled Southbank Centre to work with Oldham Coliseum (Oldham), Cast (Doncaster) and Black Country Touring (across the Black Country) to build a tour of regionally instigated work inspired by Alchemy themes
Ethnicnow’s tip to watch out at the festival would be:
BALBIR SINGH DANCE COMPANY – SYNCHRONISED
Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 May 2015,
Synchronised draws ticket-holders off-site to a special show celebrating culture and sport with live music, synchronised swimming, kathak and contemporary dance. A vibrant journey around the world, encountering sea serpents and magnificent rivers, Synchronised pays homage to Busby Berkeley’s legendary ‘water musicals’ of the 1940s and 1950s. Directed and choreographed by Balbir Singh, music is composed by Jesse Bannister and chorus sung by Southbank Centre’s VoiceLab.
For further info for the Alchemy Festival then visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk