Alchemy – Black Country (2015)
Alchemy is annual festival pioneered by the Southbank Centre in London. The festival focuses on South Asian arts and culture, and celebrates it’s influences here in the UK, aiming to showcase both well-known and emerging artists across the different art forms including theatre, music, comedy, dance, art installation and literature. It also features a food market where festival goers get to experience and taste another aspect of South Asian life.
Launched back in 2010 the festival continues to grow each year and offers a wide programme of events both ticketed and free entry. In 2015 for the first time the festival will tour to three other regions. Alongside Oldham Colosseum and Cast (Doncaster), Black Country Touring will be a partner in Alchemy. Each partner will host the festival in their region and lead on a new original piece of work for the festival.
Alchemy came to the Black Country in May 2015 and we worked alongside a range of local venues and promoters to make it a very memorable experience. The festival also featured a new show created by Black Country Touring and Sonia Sabri Company: ‘Occasionally We Skype’. There was also a Black Country exclusive performance of award winning play ‘Nirbaya’ commissioned by the Southbank Centre for Alchemy 2015, with an international cast and creative team the play tackles stories behind gender based violence.
Black Country Touring are committed to supporting our local partners and promoters to bring the best professional theatre, dance, music, storytelling, comedy and workshops inspired by the South Asian culture to their local communities as part of the festival.
Please see our Pinterest board below of the best images from this years festival. Professional Images by Dee Patel (Outroslide).