Alchemy starts today!

Alchemy is in full swing today, Southbank Centre is buzzing with sights and sounds.  So far today we’ve had a busy yoga class in the Clore Ballroom, spotted the film crew attempting to make a Bollywood film in a week, plus chatted to some Indian musicians and artisans in the Festival Hall who are here as part of the JIYO residency.
There’s plenty to come over the next ten days of the festival, but here’s a round up of what you can find if you pop down today…

*Don’t miss Asian Dub Foundation tonight in the Royal festival Hall. You’re no doubt in for an intense, adrenaline fuelled show from one of the world’s great live acts. Just check out the video for ‘A New London Eye’ to see for yourself. Tickets available

*Look out for the film crew who are producing a Bollywood Film in a Week, using Southbank Centre as the film set. We spotted them on Level 5 of the Festival Hall this morning, but they’ll be all around the site during the festival. Tweet us a picture if you see them!

* Meet skilled artisans and musicians from rural India at the JIYO residency in the Level 2 foyers of the festival Hall. It’s the first time JIYO have exhibited in the UK, so it’s a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in their exploration of the traditional knowledge, skills and practices of India.

*Visit the Spirit Level of the Festival Hall for a look at art works created by emerging British Pakistani artists, curated by the Mica Gallery.

Don’t forget you can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #alchemyfest. Let us know what you think of the festival and send us pictures of you on site. Have a great time at the festival!

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