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Alchemy

4 May 2018 - 7 May 2018

Celebrate the exchange of ideas and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK with a packed bank-holiday weekend of dance, comedy, music and literature.

Alchemy is a place for artists and audiences to come together. This year the festival turns nine and with a focus on homegrown talent, brings together emerging and legendary performers from across the UK.

Party to electronic bhangra beats with Birmingham club night Shaanti, discover new contemporary dance from the country's leading producer of South Asian dance, Akademi, and fill up at KERB’s street-food market.

Our full line-up is announced at the end of February – check back to find out more.

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7:45 pm
Fri 04 May 2018
7:45 pm | Fri 04 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Contemporary Dance
A powerful solo dance performance, combining traditional Kathak dance with theatre, comedy and spoken word
A powerful solo dance performance, combining traditional Kathak dance with theatre, comedy and...

Free

Free

12:30 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
12:30 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Find your voice in a vocal workshop celebrating the start of Alchemy
Find your voice in a vocal workshop celebrating the start of Alchemy

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
2:00 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Gigs
The best acts from the UK’s eclectic live music scene, all created and performed by British Asian women
The best acts from the UK’s eclectic live music scene, all created and performed by British Asian...

Free

Free

4:15 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
4:15 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Celebrate the power of the spoken word with leading British Asian writers and poets
Celebrate the power of the spoken word with leading British Asian writers and poets

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
5:00 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Gigs
Electronic
Join an alfresco party overlooking the river, with music from leading Asian DJs
Join an alfresco party overlooking the river, with music from leading Asian DJs
7:30 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Classical Dance
The Troth is a gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through contemporary dance, music and film
The Troth is a gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through contemporary dance, music and...
7:45 pm
Sat 05 May 2018
7:45 pm | Sat 05 May 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join today’s leading feminist South Asian authors as they explore age-old questions in a modern-day context
Join today’s leading feminist South Asian authors as they explore age-old questions in a...
Goa august 2017
7:45 pm
Sun 06 May 2018
7:45 pm | Sun 06 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Contemporary Dance
A new work by two rising stars of the dance world, exploring our sense of place and purpose within the world
A new work by two rising stars of the dance world, exploring our sense of place and purpose within...

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Mon 07 May 2018
2:00 pm | Mon 07 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Everyone is welcome at this Bollywood jazz dance workshop
Everyone is welcome at this Bollywood jazz dance workshop

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 07 May 2018
Various times | Mon 07 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Contemporary Dance
A classic Indian tale, retold through dance, storytelling and beatboxing for ages five and over
A classic Indian tale, retold through dance, storytelling and beatboxing for ages five and over
7:00 pm
Mon 07 May 2018
7:00 pm | Mon 07 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Celebrate India’s rich history, flamboyant dances, colourful costumes and best of Bollywood in this spectacular show
Celebrate India’s rich history, flamboyant dances, colourful costumes and best of Bollywood in...
7:30 pm
Mon 07 May 2018
7:30 pm | Mon 07 May 2018
Dance & Performance
Comedy
A slick, smart, subversive stand-up show from top Muslim comedian Tez Ilyas
A slick, smart, subversive stand-up show from top Muslim comedian Tez Ilyas

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Leicester comes to Alchemy for a special East Midlands Mela
Find out about the people behind the delicious food at KERB does Alchemy
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'
Celebrated Indian film composer A R Rahman talks about his work
Hear from artists on the bill of Alchemy 2012
The most exciting artists from South Asia and the UK gather at Alchemy

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7 May
Dance & Performance
Celebrate India’s rich history, flamboyant dances, colourful costumes and best of Bollywood in this spectacular show
7 May
Dance & Performance
Comedy
A slick, smart, subversive stand-up show from top Muslim comedian Tez Ilyas
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