Dialled In Presents Unbound Archives

Sat 9 Mar, 2pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
Art & exhibitions
From £10
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DJ stands holding a vinyl record aloft in a busy club, with dancers behind him.

Spanning time and space, South Asian audio and visual storytelling shines in this day-long programme of vinyl displays, DJ sets, films and conversation.

In the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, get up close and personal with the UK’s largest South Asian record collection, as Dialled In and invited DJs, including Mera Bhaii, Rizmi, Social Records Society and The Mighty Zaf, explore the True Form Vinyl Archive on its first ever outing.

In the Purcell Room, Dialled In curates a film programme displaying animation, documentary, fiction and music visuals, showcasing a global range of South Asian storytelling.

Request Line is the first short film which describes the timeline of heritage work being done by True Form Projects. It documents how a record collection was rescued to create a new archive when Oriental Star Agencies, one of the oldest South Asian music stores and labels in the UK, had to close at its original address in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, 2017.

Other highlights include a self-reflection of the new Asian underground with Pranav Kirshnan’s Catchall, featuring DJ Samrai, DJ Gracie T, Chunz x Makh and Gaia Ahuja (G33), as well as the inaugural UK screening of Ascending, a deep-dive into the real-time lasting impact of South Asian representation at Coachella and the music industry, co-directed and co-produced by Zoe Malhotra and Meghna Chakraborty.

Presented in collaboration with Dialled In and True Form

True Form Projects acquired much of the incredible collection of South Asian vinyl amassed by Mohammed Ayub, whose Birmingham-based record store and label, Oriental Star Agencies, became one of the most influential hubs of South Asian history in the UK and worldwide. True Form Vinyl Projects aims to preserve the records for future generations.

Dialled In is an artist-led platform that connects diasporic and native music, art and culture. They have spearheaded four one-day festivals, curated at Glastonbury and the V&A, and produced an artistic residency in Nepal.

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This event takes place across two connected venues. You are free to move between the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer throughout the duration of the event. Seating is unreserved for this event. If you require seating for access, please speak to staff on arrival and they will be happy to help.

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Sat 9 Mar, 2pm


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