Today, I paid a visit to the Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre, a two week celebration of music, dance, film and performance from India, the UK and South Asia. Starting inside, the contemporary, plain interior of the foyer was given an injection of colour with saris and multi-coloured blankets hanging from the ceilings and walls. Entering the main foyer, there was lots going on, with the main draw at the time of day I happened to be there being the vintage music and film being played at the Charity Shop DJ stand. While listening to the sounds of the various DJs spinning vintage tracks, you could peruse the old film posters or enjoy a Bollywood makeover. Meanwhile, in Southbank Centre Square was a veritable feast to be had from various stands showcasing traditional and experimental Indian cuisine. On the opposite side of the Centre were a collection of Iconic Rickshaws doted around the terrace and riverside walk. The fleet of rickshaws presented by the Qismat Trust have travelled all around the world to ‘awaken social responsibility’. One of the designs is by Black Eyed Peas rapper Apl.de.ap and comic book heroes ’99’. Here’s just a few photos of what I saw.
- The Alchemy Festival runs at the Southbank Centre from 12-25 April 2013. Prices range from free to £20. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information and tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website.