From the Director’s desk
We are launching our 40th anniversary year in April and the Akademi team is working full steam ahead to plan exciting events and other activities which celebrate the plurality of South Asian dance located in London. This is also a moment for me to thank as many artists as I can who have contributed into the making of this organisation. We kick-start our revelries with the re-launch of The Troth film during BBC’s #DancePassion on 5 April.
We are bringing together artists and guest curators for some of the work, a few of whom met on 8 March for a focus group. Another open consultancy will be held on 22 March where we are looking forward to hearing ideas of a larger group.
This month we launched ‘Akademi Associated’ programme for artists and organisations to get an opportunity to include their events on our website and social media channels. So if you have events coming up, please fill out the form linked in the newsletter below.
In July, we return to Southbank Centre with our popular youth dance competition, NAVADAL, presented as part of U.Dance. In addition, a celebratory showcase in the Purcell Room will feature the winners along side other rising stars of their generation. Applications will open on 25 March, I hope that teachers will encourage their students to participate.
Lastly, I am delighted to share the news of our success with the City Bridge Trust and The Linbury Trust funds for Dance Well. This will enable us to continue our established work with older adults and in London hospitals.
Mira Kaushik OBE
Artistic Director at Akademi