Southbank Centre's Alchemy festival has returned for a third year, exploring the rich contrasts and connections between the UK, India and South Asian culture. Previous highlights have included composer AR Rahman, actor Meera Syal, writer Tahmima Anam, pop star Kailash Kher, Kathak choreographer and performer Gauri Sharma Tripathi, singer Begum Parveen Sultana, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, The Raghu Dixit Project and a day celebrating 40 years of Bangladesh and Jahan e Khusrau – Muzaffar Ali’s prestigious 9th World Sufi Music Festival.
This year, Southbank Centre are proud to welcome a wide range of artists from across the globe including Asian Dub Foundation, Pete Lockett, Susheela Raman, Sachal Jazz Ensemble, Raghu Dixit Project with members of Bellowhead, Shankar Mahadevan & Purbayan Chaterjee, plus many more.
First held in 2010 and now in its third year running, the festival has proved to be a phenomenal concoction of diverse musics. Be sure not to miss Shankar Mahadevan & Purbayan Chatterjee on 21 April, Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti on 18 April or the Raghu Dixit Project on 18 and 19 April.
Latest Announcement:Tickets to Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti on Wednesday 18 April in Purcell Room at Southbank Centre – only £5!
Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti will premiere major commissions by legendary American pioneer Terry Riley, British intercultural master Nigel Osborne, India's greatest composer Shirish Korde and Simon Thacker himself in the intimate atmosphere of the Purcell Room. Tickets normally £13/£10 – with this offer, simply quote SVARAKANTIwhen booking online, by phone or in person to get best available tickets for only £5!
For the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Shankar Mahadevan & Purbayan Chatterjee, Asian Dub Foundation or the Raghu Dixit Project at the Southbank Alchemy Festival, simply enter the following competition. There are three sets of tickets up for grabs, one pair for each concert! To win them, answer this simple question: When was the first Southbank Alchemy Festival? Winners will be announced on April 11.
The lucky winners have now been announced: Seth Richardson, Jim Hickson and Ed Foster!