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Alchemy

19 May - 29 May
Alchemy returns from 19 – 29 May, showcasing the dynamic creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK. Over ten days, Southbank Centre is enlivened with contemporary dance, performance, music and literature from international and British artists.

Alchemy is a space for the innovative and curious, where artists and audiences can exchange ideas. You're invited to explore a programme packed with artistic collaborations, workshops, talks, food and drink, along with a range of free events for those looking to try something new.

Now in its eighth year, Alchemy has grown to become the largest festival inspired by South Asian culture outside of the subcontinent. 2017 sees the festival continue its work with national partners Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Black Country Touring, and Cast, Doncaster. Each partner curates their own bespoke Alchemy programme, featuring local and regional artists, running alongside the festival in London. This tour is generously supported by Arts Council England.

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17 Apr 2017

Dance
7:00 pm, 17 Apr 2017
Pick up some slick Bollywood moves as part of our six-week Indian dance course

1 May 2017

Classical music
Opera
6:30 pm, 1 May 2017
Learn about Indian classical music and opera in this practical singing course for all abilities
Dance
7:00 pm, 1 May 2017
Learn the art of odissi dancing as part of our six-week Indian dance course

15 May 2017

Dance
7:00 pm, 15 May 2017
Discover the art of kathak dance as part of our six-week Indian dance course

18 May 2017

Free

Art
10:00 am, 18 May 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Discover the performance world of sitar master Ravi Shankar and his long history with Southbank Centre at this free exhibition
Tray of Food

Free

Global Culture & Ethnicity
Children & Young people
12:00 pm, 18 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Explore Alchemy with a belly full of spice as street food pioneers KERB return

19 May 2017

Installation by Faiza Butt

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
See London-based artist Faiza Butt's large-scale light wall installations
Tent with Installation

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Delve into a man’s search for meaning and identity within ever-changing India and Pakistan
All India Backhod

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Get ready to laugh with this film from the hugely popular Indian satirical comedy group

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Gain an insight into life in the UK and across the Indian subcontinent through screenings of short films

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Join in a global artistic movement of love, unity and activism

Free

Art
10:00 am, 18 May 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Discover the performance world of sitar master Ravi Shankar and his long history with Southbank Centre at this free exhibition

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Play the Walk of Life board game, based on the ancient Indian game Ganjifa
Trapezium image

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Play a narrative game that introduces the everyday lives of people living in Kashmir
Installation with Screens and Sculptures

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Admire this handmade textile installation created specifically for The Clore Ballroom

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Explore notions of migration and heritage with a project between artists, Sayed Hasan and Karl Ohiri

Free

Art
10:00 am, 19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
The future of migration meets the digital world of gaming in this interactive event
Tray of Food

Free

Global Culture & Ethnicity
Children & Young people
12:00 pm, 18 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Explore Alchemy with a belly full of spice as street food pioneers KERB return
Rita Morar

Free

Gigs
1:00 pm, 19 May 2017
Enjoy a special Alchemy edition of our Friday Lunch series

Free

Gigs
5:00 pm, 19 May 2017
Witness dreamy indie pop duo, Parekh & Singh from the east Indian city of Kolkata, in action

Free

Talks & Topics
6:00 pm, 19 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
Join us in the Archive Studio to get hands-on with our collection on sitar master Ravi Shankar

Free

Classical music
Choral
6:45 pm, 19 May 2017
Enjoy a musical performance inspired by Ravi Shankar's opera Sukanya
Performance
7:00 pm, 19 May 2017
See a moving dance work created in response to India’s laws on homosexuality
Classical music
Opera
7:30 pm, 19 May 2017
Myth, music and dance meet in this extravagant operatic show

Free

Classical music
Opera
8:30 pm, 19 May 2017
Enjoy a free short performance by participants in Southbank Centre’s Voicelab Into Opera

alchemy stories

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Celebrated Indian film composer A R Rahman talks about his work
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A past Alchemy highlight: Shye Ben-Tzur and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood perform 'Challa Wahi Desh'

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