Monday, 8 December 2014

Alchemy @ Southbank Centre

The festival will present collaborations, new works, premieres and legendary artists across dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature, plus talks and debates providing a unique insight into the region.
Southbank Centre is pleased to announce three very special shows for next year’s programme plus more details about touring the festival to UK regional partner venues for Alchemy Oldham, Alchemy Doncaster and Alchemy Black Country.

Rock On Music will be joining hands with Alchemy and bringing the new nightingale of India, Shreya Ghoshal (23 May), to the UK for a one off performance at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. Shreya will give a magical performance at Alchemy following a series of sell out shows across the globe.

Nirbhaya, written and directed by Yaël Farber, comes to Southbank Centre (22 -24 May) for Alchemy. The internationally acclaimed playwright creates a searing work with an extraordinary cast and creative team from India that cracks open the silence around women whose lives have been shattered by gender-based violence. A BSL performance will take place on 24 May. 
Nirbhaya is presented by Southbank Centre, Oldham Coliseum, Cast and Black Country Touring and touring to all venues in 2015.
The world famous Jaipur Literature Festival returns to Southbank Centre for a second time (16-17 May). This two-day programme gives an insight into 'the world’s largest free literary festival'. The festival showcases South Asia's multilingual literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate, Bollywood and politics. In true Jaipur Literature Festival style, the residency will begin with music and finish with a huge, celebratory party.

Alchemy has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. 2015 will see Alchemy tour for the first time across England. Support from Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has enabled Southbank Centre to work with Oldham Coliseum (Oldham), Cast (Doncaster) and Black Country Touring (across the Black Country) to build a tour of regionally instigated work inspired by Alchemy themes. These venues will present Nirbhaya to regional audiences on 28 May at The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 1 and 2 June at The Grange Arts Centre, Oldham and 4, 5 and 6 June at Cast, Doncaster.

Rachel Harris, Creative Producer, Festival Development, Southbank Centre, said, "We are delighted to be able to announce these projects for our sixth Alchemy at Southbank Centre and we look forward to revealing the full programme in Spring 2015. Once again we are welcoming artists from increasingly diverse backgrounds and places from across the Indian Subcontinent as well as reflecting the talent and breadth of artists from across the UK. I am delighted that among them will be the world renowned songstress Shreya Ghoshal and the mould breaking theatre piece Nirbhaya, both new to Alchemy and who both have electrifying performances to share with our audiences. It is also great to be welcoming back the Jaipur Literature Festival for a second year running for a very special expanded residency, the only one of its kind outside the festival’s Indian home.”

The BBC Asian Network feature highlights, performances and exclusive content from Southbank Centre’s Alchemy. Broadcast details will be announced early Spring.

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. For further information please visit

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