Alchemy is the Southbank Centre annual festival celebrating the best of music, debate, film, dance, literature, fashion and design from India and South Asia, or influenced by them exploring what these cultures are or can beand examining the wider debate about the social context in which art is made.
Discover classical masters alongside emerging British Asian talent; folk traditions alongside emergent youth culture; stimulating debate and the latest fashions. Come and enjoy the festival atmosphere and sample wonderful food from the market.
This year the Southbank Centre will be hosting a wide range of artists from across the globe. Welcoming Alchemy favourites as well as artists appearing for the first time out of India and Pakistan. These include Asian Dub Foundation, Pete Lockett Rajasthan Collaboration, Susheela Raman with the Mein Mir Qawals, Sachal Jazz Ensemble, Raghu Dixit Project with members of Bellowhead, Shankar Mahadevan & Purbayan Chatterjee, plus many more.
Highlights from previous years include composer AR Rahman, actor Meera Syal, pop star Kailash Kher, Kathak choreographer and performer Gauri Sharma Tripathi, singer Begum Parveen Sultana and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.
The latest part of the Wellcome Collection's States of Mind exhibition explores different states of consciousness, from somnambulism to sleep paralysis, and suggests that many neurological mysteries may remain unsolved for a while.
Happy Chinese New Year! Celebrate in style by heading to the annual parade. It’s also Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day this week, so if you needed any excuses for total indulgence, there are three pretty good ones. There are also lots of major exhibitions opening this week, as well as some exciting music at the Vault Festival.
Comedian Desiree Burch is known for her hilarious and provocative comedy style, which tackles racism and sexism. When we talk, she immediately apologises for her hoarseness - ‘I went out last night to celebrate my birthday, so sorry about the I-just-woke-up voice’ - and begins to enthusiastically describe her show Tar Baby, her audio work, and her penchant for good erotica.