International multi-arts festival, Alchemy returns to London’s Southbank Centre from 19 – 29 May, showcasing contemporary artistic work from seven countries. The festival explores the cultural connections between South Asia and the UK and champions innovative British and international artists. Alchemy presents exciting collaborations and new works from emerging and legendary artists across dance, music, theatre, visual art, comedy and literature, as well as an array of workshops, talks, debates and food.

Now in its eighth year, Alchemy has grown to become the largest festival inspired by South Asian culture outside of the subcontinent. Alongside Southbank Centre, the festival will also tour the UK, with a return to Oldham, from 10 – 13 May, the Black Country, 20 – 27 May, and Doncaster, 3 June.

Working collaboratively with three key national partners, Black Country Touring, Cast, Doncaster and Oldham Coliseum Theatre, each partner will curate their own bespoke Alchemy programme for regional audiences, featuring local and regional artists, running alongside the festival in London.

Ahead of the full programme announcement in February 2017, the first five headline events for next year include:

  • Sukanya, the first ever opera by world famous sa00002musician Ravi Shankar,inspired by his wife and written just before his passing. The piece integrates classical Indian music with a western symphony orchestra, singers and dance, opening Alchemy 2017 – 19 May.
  • Abida Parveen, one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era, will perform for one night only in Royal Festival Hall presented by Rafi Peer Mystic Music Sufi Festival – 28 May.
  • The Eastern Eye Arts, Culture & Theatre Awards returns to Royal Festival Hall for its second year to celebrate and recognise British South Asian talent across all art forms, including literature, film, television, theatre, poetry, music, photography, dance and visual arts – 21 May.
  • Renowned popular musical duo Vishal & Shekhar take over Royal Festival Hall with their acclaimed modern Bollywood sound, across Hindi, Telugu and Marathi languages – 27 May.
  • Karachi Literature Festival comes to the UK for the very first time, celebrating contemporary Pakistan and its rich history and culture in the context of the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation. Oxford University Press and Founder and Director Ameena Saiyid OBE, in conjunction with Bloomsbury Pakistan, present a day festival of debates, talks, recitals and performances with writers and artists – 20 May.

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