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

An exciting two-day British Asian cross-arts festival with workshops, spoken word and a cabaret night.

Co-artitsic directors curators Shane Shambhu and Nina Head, with guest curator and Parbati Chaudhury arrange this first-of-a-kind festival which sees young British Asian arts practitioners take over Rich Mix with a fresh perspective on South Asia’s artistic legacy.

The weekend includes artist workshops exploring process, collaboration and interdisciplinarity, dance performances, an eclectic cabaret (curated by Raheem Mir) and a spoken word open mic night (presented with the support of Apples & Snakes).

Featuring: Eva Recacha, Shivangee Agrawal, Kamala Devam, Ben Henry Edwards, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Tara Rajkumar, Nina Rajarani MBE, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan ‘The Brown Hijabi’ and Jaspreet Kaur, Rhiannon Faith and Beau Jangles.

Booking link coming soon. 

Contact info@akademi.co.uk to register your interest and receive a booking link when available.

Friday 25 October

UnTANGLE | Designing Dances Workshop

Dance practitioners Eva Recacha and Shivaangee Agrawal will lead participants, drawing upon their different practices to bridge the abyss that can separate classical Indian dance from contemporary choreography.

PlayOff | A dance and live music workshop

Dancer and choreographer, Kamala Devam and composer and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Henry Edwards combine their practical experience, to give you a glimpse into the dynamics of dance and music collaboration. 

RetroTANGLE: Shobana Jeyasingh Dance at 30

In celebration of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s 30th Anniversary, Akademi hosts a free screening of their productions Faultline and Duets with Automobiles.

RetroTANGLE: Back to the future

This evening of film, performances and presentations looks back and re-captures moments from the past four decades. Join us in discovery and rediscovery, an exploration of time worn footage and the restaging of works with Tara Rajkumar OAM and Nina Rajarani MBE


Come and experience a first in bringing spoken word and South Asian dance together in a joint open-mic and stage event. In partnership with Apples & Snakes, with renowned spoken word artists Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan ‘The Brown Hijabi’ and Jaspreet Kaur ‘Behind the Netra’

Saturday 26 October

Who the Hell are you: The IdentityTANGLE

How do you promote yourself as a performer? How do you find and express the innermost you?  Through the guidance of Rhiannon Faith uncover and connect the layers of your personal identity through this fun and eye-opening experience. 


This audacious and riotous cabaret night will smash boundaries and tangle them all up, with an exhilarating line up of artists to titillate your senses and stimulate your mind, compared by Raheem Mir. It’s going to be high-energy, entertaining, interactive and unexpected.

Celebrating 40 inspiring years.

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