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.
Jesse Hackett has a string of musical projects under his belt, from his solo electronic productions to a range of collaborations with local and international artists. Travelling brought him and his brother Louis in contact with a pair of Kenyan musicians which led to the formation of Owiny Sigoma Band, who are now signed to Gilles Peterson’s esteemed Brownswood label. We caught up with Jesse while he was rehearsing for a new Owiny Sigoma tour following their third album Nyanza.
Writer and director Whit Stillman's new film Love & Friendship is an adaption of Jane Austen's little-known posthumous novella Lady Susan, about the “the biggest flirt in all England”. We catch up to talk about being pigeonholed, working in Dunkin' Donuts, and why he prefers comedies.
Want to make the most of your precious long weekend? Not sure which of London’s many activities and events to pick? Fear not, London Calling are on hand to help curate your perfect mini-holiday. We’ve got ideas ranging from parties and hiking to swotting up on your science.