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 2015 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer went to Sofie Hagen. It is the third year in a row she has a won a major comedy award for best newcomer. London Calling catches up with her as she prepares for the Soho Theatre run of her show, Bubble Wrap.
The success story of male harmony group The Overtones is as sweetly old fashioned as their vocal and sartorial styling. London Calling talked to Darren from the group about their forthcoming Christmas show and their seasonal album, Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas.