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.
In David Hockney the radical and the traditional come together. A star painter for six decades, he’s been the Sixties’ wonder boy from Yorkshire whose training at the Royal College of Art was the first step along the road to dreamy yet sun-scorched Californian pre-AIDS gay urbanity. But, between the streets of Kensington and the freeways of LA, he was also a Pop Art painter at the court of Swinging London. And now he’s back with an exhibition which brings us back to that genre – portraiture – in which he first made his name.
The longest day may have passed but don’t worry, it’s not all downhill from here. London lights up in the summer with a series of festivals and unique events. Here’s our pick of the week’s best, from Leonardo Da Vinci and French film to pianists and the future of the London Underground.
Ellie Kendrick first came to our attention for her theatre roles and her portrayal as Anne Frank in BBC’s 2009 adaptation of her diary. But it’s her genre roles which have thrust her into the spotlight – a season of Misfits and her role as Meera Reed, Bran’s protector beyond the wall in Game of Thrones. Now she returns to a different sort of fantasy with Native, a psychological sci-fi drama about two telepathic aliens on a search for a new planet to colonise. We chatted to her about hive minds, empathy and imaginary hell demons.
Japan’s most famous artist returns to London for an exhibition across the three spaces of the Victoria Miro gallery in Islington and Mayfair. Her central themes – dots, pumpkins, infinity – all return in a selection of completely new work, testament to the artist’s ageless creative spirit.
Eunice Olumide’s list of accomplishments could put anyone to shame. After rising to fame as a supermodel she’s worked as an actor, journalist, musician and presenter alongside charity work. She’s just launched a new art gallery with a focus on contemporary pieces. Does she ever just feel too busy? We chat to her about equality, cake, and her first foray into the art world.