19 May 2017 - 29 May 2017

Alchemy returned to Southbank Centre for an eighth year in May, to showcase the dynamic creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK. Over eleven days, our spaces were enlivened with contemporary dance, performance, music and literature from international and British artists in what has become the largest festival of South Asian culture outside of the subcontinent.

A space for the innovative and curious, the festival invited audiences to explore a programme packed with artistic collaborations, workshops, talks, food and drink, along with a range of free events for those looking to try something new.

This year, we have continued to work with national partners Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Black Country Touring, and Cast, Doncaster. Each partner has curated their own bespoke Alchemy programme, featuring local and regional artists, running alongside the festival in London. This tour is generously supported by Arts Council England.

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Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:23
Check out our pick of some of the best Instagram photos taken at this year’s Alchemy
Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:49
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Discover what the dish biryani means to local communities in London
Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:35
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Ahead of Alchemy festival, find out more about South Asian film with Bollywood expert Rahul Verma
Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:24
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Leicester comes to Alchemy for a special East Midlands Mela
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:19
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Find out about the people behind the delicious food at KERB does Alchemy
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:58
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Taste delicious dishes at Alchemy’s street food market, KERB, then recreate them at home
Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:18
Journalist Arwa Haider introduces the hip-hop artists involved in our Beats Without Boundaries event
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
A past Alchemy highlight: Shye Ben-Tzur and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood perform 'Challa Wahi Desh'
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Celebrated Indian film composer A R Rahman talks about his work
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Shye Ben-Tzur performs his UK debut at Alchemy, joined by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Hear from artists on the bill of Alchemy 2012
Sun, 05/01/2016 - 10:27
Folk & World
The most exciting artists from South Asia and the UK gather at Alchemy
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 18:29
Tue, 02/07/2012 - 11:57
Opening the festival are Mercury-nominated Asian Dub Foundation

previous highlights

28 May
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear Abida Parveen, one of the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era, in this special performance

Vishal & Shekhar Live in Concert.

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Credit Jitu Savlani photography/ Aniruddh Kothari
27 May
Folk & World
Witness the architects of modern Bollywood sound, Vishal & Shekhar, live in concert
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