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Alchemy Festival 2014

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The Magic of South Asia

Art is like alchemy - transforming base materials into something golden, rich, and beautiful.

The Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre is a celebration of South Asian culture that showcases the magical craft of talented individuals in the fields of music, dance, literature, comedy, fashion, food, art, and design.

From well established masters to upcoming talent, you can discover the traditional and the modern, and admire the skill and passion put into everything they do.

Performing Arts

16th May - Vikram Seth's Beastly Tales: A modern, rhyming version of Aesop's Fables.
17th May - Flight: a collaboration of three performers of music and dance.
17th May - The Island Nation: Theatre production about decades of conflict in Sri Lanka.
17th May - Shye Ben-Tzur and Jonny Greenwood: A world premiere from Qawwali singer and composer, Shye Ben-Tzur, and guitarist, Jonny Greenwood.


16th May - Immigrant Diaries: Four comedians share their stories about immigrating to the UK.
18th May - Romesh Ranganathan: The comedian stand-up show.


8th-26th May - Horn OK Please: Taste the street food of India at the outdoor market.
8th-26th May - Roti Chai Chaat Shack: The Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall will feature an Indian kitchen with delicious food and special cocktails.
16th May - The Cinnamon Club: The Indian restaurant holds a cooking demonstration.
16th-26th May Alchemy Food Market: Gastronomy from across the continent.

Fashion, Art & Design

15th-26th May - Kaal: Unfolding Layers of Time: A textile artwork installation by Delhi-based designer Siddhartha Das.
15th-26th May - Design Wallah: A showcase of ethically designed jewellery, interiors, artwork, stationery, and gifts for sale.

That's just a snippet of what's in store; you have a look at the whole line-up here.
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Why? Cultural enrichment
When: 15th - 26th May
Phone: 44 (0)20 7960 4200
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: Free-£30
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