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Alchemy returns to Southbank Centre, showcasing dynamic creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK.

Over eleven days, Southbank Centre will be taken over by contemporary dance, performance, music and literature from international and British artists.

You are hereby invited to explore Alchemy’s packed programme of artistic collaborations, workshops, talks, food and drink, along with a range of free events for those looking to try something new… It’s a space for the innovative and curious, where artists and audiences can exchange ideas, discover new ones and feel invigorated.

Alchemy is now in its eighth year and has grown to become the largest festival inspired by South Asian culture outside of the subcontinent. You can learn about Indian classical music and opera in Ravi Shankar's Sukanya – a practical singing course for all abilities, or learn the art of Odissi dancing - see London-based artist Faiza Butt's large-scale light wall installations and try lots of delicious food at Southbank Centre’s food market – with a special spin on South Asian food for the festival. Yes, KERB is back, with foods from 30 specialist street-food traders dishing out Pakistani, Afghani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Indian food, plus a KERB cocktail and beer bar bringing back those Afghani shakes and Punjabi Pimms. Macwari naans, masala fries, mango lassi ice cream sandwiches, all this and more awaits your taste buds.

For more information and to book, click here.

Discover Southbank Centre


There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX