Our youth ambassadors have been looking ahead to Alchemy at Southbank Centre. Here, they share the five festival moments they're most anticipating.
Tuesday 23 May 7pm, Violet Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, Ages 16+, £5
Ronak Patani is an actor, spoken word artist and poet whose work revolves around immigrants, international politics and own life experiences. His latest piece #BritishIndian sheds light on an underlying and ever-growing identity problem shared by those who hold dual nationalities. Being unsure of exactly where you lie can cause an unwanted dissonance within yourself, but can be the beginning of a wondrous journey not many will experience. This is a journey that Ronak Patani’s #BritishIndian will address. #BritishIndian is a must-see for anyone with their own identity questions and fans of great spoken word performance.
Sunday 21 May, Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Royal Festival Hall, £10
Feel like trying something new? Maybe you don’t think you’re funny or maybe you want to be funnier? Then we highly recommend Tez Ilyas’ comedy workshop here at Southbank Centre. Tez is one of the brightest emerging comedic talents in the UK, having appeared on TV (BBC, Sky, E4, Channel 5, ITV), radio and now has his first UK tour, Made In Britain (Monday 29 May at 7pm, Level 5 Function Room, £15), currently underway. If there is a place to improve your comic skills, this is the place to do just that!
Monday 15 May, 7pm – 8.30pm, Violet Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, Ages 18+, £24
Bollywood is known globally not just for its over-the-top scenes, but also for its mesmerising choreography. Each lesson is led by world-class dance instructors to teach basic and intermediate moves, so everyone of all dancing abilities is welcome to join! Whether you come to learn something new, be the envy of your friends or you want to dance along to some of your favourite Bollywood choreography – come down! You’re guaranteed to have a good time.
Friday 19 May, 5pm, The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, Free
East-Indian indie-pop duo Parekh & Singh feature in Southbank Centre’s weekly Friday Tonic. With their soothing sounds and easy-listening grooves, Parekh & Singh will leave you feeling warm and reminiscing, bound to alleviate you of your troubles. If you ever wondered what a musical form of therapy is, then come down to this amazing Friday Tonic.
Thursday 18 May – 29 May ,12 noon – 8pm (Mon – Wed), 12 noon – 9pm (Thu – Fri), 11am – 9pm (Sat) and 1pm – 7pm (Sun)
With so much going on during Alchemy, some good food and drink is in order. KERB have teamed up with Southbank Centre for the third year to provide attendees with some of the best street food London has to offer. They’ll be offering food from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. If you want something refreshing to drink while eating, KERB will also have a beer and cocktail bar serving Afghani shakes and Punjabi Pimms, a perfect combination with the continental selection.