October 25, 2019 – October 26, 2019 all-day
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
Shoreditch, London E1 6LA

This October, young British Asian artists take over Rich Mix in a two-day British Asian cross-arts festival.

Co-Artistic Directors Shane Shambhu and Nina Head, along with guest curator Parbati Chaudhury, arrange this first-of-a-kind festival which sees young British Asian artists take over Rich Mix to explore fresh perspectives on South Asia’s artistic legacy.

The weekend includes artist workshops exploring process, collaboration and interdisciplinarity; a retrospective programme featuring screendance by Shobana Jeyasingh MBE and re-stagings from Nina Rajarani MBE and Pushkala Gopal.

Evening events include an eclectic cabaret, curated and compèred by Raheem Mir, and an open-stage night bringing together South Asian dance and spoken word, presented with Apples & Snakes.

Featuring: Azan, Beau Jangles, Ben Henry Edwards, Eva Recacha, Jaspreet Kaur Behind the Netra’, Jay Jay Revlon, Kaajel Patel’s Nimbooda Panto, Kali Chandrasegaram, Kamala Devam, Meera Patel, Nina Rajarani MBE’s Srishti Dance, Pushkala Gopal’s Sanskriti UK, Rhiannon Faith, Shivaangee Agrawal, Shree Savani, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Tara Rajkumar OAM and Tayce. Plus more artists to be announced.

Friday 25 October

UnTANGLE | Designing Dances Workshop

10.30am | £15/20
Unearth new movement aesthetics that bridge classical South Asian and contemporary dance through the exploration of devising methods. For early career and professional dance makers.

Led by: Eva Recacha & Shivaangee Agrawal

PlayOff | A dance and live music workshop

2pm | £15/20
Glimpse into the dynamics of dance and music collaboration, through improvisation techniques as well as studying melody and rhythm with Indian classical, Western and African instruments.

Led by: Kamala Devam & Ben Henry Edwards

RetroTANGLE | Shobana Jeyasingh Dance at 30

6pm | Free
In celebration of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s 30th anniversary, Akademi hosts a relaxed (autism and dementia-friendly) screening of their productions, Faultline and Duets with Automobiles.

RetroTANGLE: Back to the future

7pm | £10/8
A retrospective hosted by Tara Rajkumar OAM. Featuring a restaging of Nina Rajarani MBE’s QUICK! and excerpts of Return of Spring by Pushkala Gopal, along with a film on Nahid Siddiqui by Shakila Maan of The Southall Black Sisters.


8pm | Free
Energising new collaborations of spoken word and South Asian dance meet in an open-stage mash up event. With Apples & Snakes.

Featuring: Azan, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan ‘The Brown Hijabi’, Jaspreet Kaur ‘Behind the Netra’, Meera Patel, Shree Savani and more TBC

Saturday 26 October

IdentityTANGLE | Who the hell are you?

11.30am | £20/15
Get roped into a process of game playing and personal questioning to discover your individuality and how to make the most of it. For all levels of experience.

Led by: Rhiannon Faith


8pm | £10/8
An audacious and riotous festival finale to smash boundaries and stretch imaginations, with an exhilarating line-up curated and compèred by Raheem Mir.

Featuring: Beau Jangles, Jay Jay Revlon, Kaajel Patel’s Nimbooda Panto, Kali Chandrasegaram, Khavita Kaur and Tayce and more TBC.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

In 2019, Akademi celebrates 40 years of imagining, inspiring, connecting and creating with an exciting programme of events and opportunities.