24th May 2014
Royal Festival Hall, , London SE1 8XX
Alchemy Festival 2014
I don’t think many people would quibble with the argument that the Royal Festival Hall is an absolute gem of a building: great architecture, a whole variety of venues and spaces, plenty of food and drink options, its right next to the river, and oh – it has a fantastically eclectic programme of performance and art in all shapes and sizes – with a lot of that being free as well [so, yes, it will feature in this project on more than one occasion – in fact it already has] – including many elements of this event.
The Alchemy Festival has been held here since 2009: for ten days during May a vast cornucopia of all things Asian is on offer, celebrating a whole range of the regions diverse creative output.
Caught in the evening sun here are some beautiful rotating Sri Lankan Mandalas by Colomban artists collective Bang Bang. Elsewhere in the building a pop-up record parlour, hosted by Charity Shop DJ, is entertaining the crowds with some classic Bollywood tunes – that is until a host of Dhol drummers enter the building and take over the Clore Ballroom stage with their hypnotic cacophony. Later on Sukhwinder Singh performs in the main Hall – never heard of him? Well you may be familar with this.