Ok, not just an Indian Summer to be precise, but Alchemy festival is back on at the Southbank centre for its sixth year celebrating the cultural connection and relationship between the UK and South Asia. Expect a colourful fusion of dance, music, design, fashion, literature and food.

Our favourite, of course, will be the street food, by Kerb market. Get your hands (and mouths) on typical street food flavours including the Dosa, Bhel Puri and Chaat from Dosa Deli, Horn OK Please, Kothu Kothu and more, as well as drinks from a lassi station, chaiwallahs and a cocktail bar!

Prepare yourself for colour, pattern and thoughtful imagery with the art installations. There’s traditional Mandala art installations made by children from Nepal,  as well as the exhibition The Singh Project. Pother Golpo – Street Stories of Bangladesh, and Dil Phaink, take to the streets of Bangladesh and Pakistan, in an audiovisual exploration of culture and cinema.

 Pother Golpo - Street Stories of Bangladesh Credit-Karrie Fransman

Dance, Drama, Comedy

Here are just a few other highlights to look out for:

  • If you know your Bollywood music and films, singer Shreya Ghoshal will be playing at the Royal Festival Hall (23rd May).
  • Listen to a unique collaboration between tabla musician Zakir Hussain and traditional Irish and Scottish musicians in a concert (21st May).
  • Laugh out loud to comedy from Hardeep Singh Kohli and Shazia Mirza, the best in British Asian comedy (24th May).
  • There’s something for all ages, with children’s show Arabian Nights (23rd-24th May), telling the popular stories of Ali Baba and Aladdin.


11 days start now!

Read our highlights from last year’s Alchemy for a sneak peak!

Alchemy Festival | 15th May-25 May

Stay tuned for pics!

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