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Alchemy

Alchemy celebrates the exchange of ideas and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK with a programme of dance, comedy, music and literature.

Alchemy is a place for artists and audiences to come together. The 2018 festival focused on homegrown talent, bringing together emerging and legendary performers from across the UK, including Talvin Singh, Birmingham club night Shaanti and stars from the country's leading producer of South Asian dance, Akademi.

Check back next year for details of the next edition of Alchemy.

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The celebrated composer, producer and tabla player shares some of his favourite music
Enjoy this fantastic South Asian family recipe
Enjoy a classic Indian inspired dish from Alchemy
Cook and enjoy this fantastic Afghan recipe from Ladle & Skillet
Discover the people and the recipes behind the delicious South Asian street food
Discover a festival showcasing the creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK
Check out our pick of some of the best Instagram photos taken at this year’s Alchemy
Discover what the dish biryani means to local communities in London
What are Southbank Centre's Youth Ambassadors looking forward to at Alchemy festival?
Ahead of Alchemy festival, find out more about South Asian film with Bollywood expert Rahul Verma
Leicester comes to Alchemy for a special East Midlands Mela
Taste delicious dishes at Alchemy’s street food market, KERB, then recreate them at home
Journalist Arwa Haider introduces the hip-hop artists involved in our Beats Without Boundaries event
A quick introduction to the sights and sounds of Alchemy festival
Hamlet in Nepali, The Winter’s Tale in Urdu; Arwa Haider encounters the South Asian bard
Pakistan’s Laal and the UK’s Asian Dub Foundation perform together for the first time
Amrita Riat offers an overview of the British Asian artists here at Alchemy
The Manifesto of Our Future 2016 - 2066
Shye Ben-Tzur performs his UK debut at Alchemy, joined by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead
A past Alchemy highlight: Shye Ben-Tzur and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood perform 'Challa Wahi Desh'

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Discover the people and the recipes behind the delicious South Asian street food
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