Asian Spring 2020

Asian Spring 2020

This extremely popular dance showcase promises an evening of extraordinary talent across a variety of South Asian dance styles.

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Sona Lisa Dance Company: Breaking Ground

This brand new dance work, by Sona Lisa Dance Company commissioned by Sampad, is a classical and contemporary kathak story of migration and identity, set to a stunning score written by Shammi Pithia.

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An Evening with Nahid Siddiqui

Nahid’s deep, personal artistic sensibilities infuse through her performance as she utilises the fluid spins, intricate hand gestures and periods of calm found in Kathak dance.

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Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty in concert

In this exclusive Birmingham performance Ajoy Chakraborty shares his incredible skill and artistry.

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Chai and Chat: Lakshnie Hettihewa- Young

Join us at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, for  informal discussion session with emerging writer Lakshnie Hettihewa- Young.

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Paper Puppets Workshop

Do something different this half-term!

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Diwali on the Square 2019

Bring light to Birmingham this Diwali! The West Midlands Combined Authority are once again joining forces with the Consulate General of India and the Mayor of Birmingham to hold a spectacular event to celebrate the Festival of Light on Birmingham’s Victoria Square.

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Subhash Viman: Classic Encounters

Cutting-edge British choreographer and dancer Subhash Viman presents his brand new work Classical Encounters.

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In Conversation with Maya Sondhi

Birmingham born Maya Sondhi is probably best known for her roles as PC Maneet Bindra in award winning BBC drama Line of Duty and as Shazia Khan in BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan. At this exclusive Sampad event Maya will discuss her career to date, and how she got into writing and acting.

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Spirit of Diwali with India Institute

Celebrate Diwali with India Institute’s Spirit of Diwali Week 

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BEDLAM: Chai and Chat with Nafeesa Hamid

Chai and Chat is part of a series of informal, yet inspiring, discussion sessions where women come together to chat about a range of topics with artists. We invite you to an afternoon of open conversation with the hugely talented Nafeesa Hamid.

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BEDLAM: Bridge (12A)

An inspirational and multi award-winning film, Bridge is a heart-warming story of the chance meeting of two suicidal strangers on a Bridge over the river Ganges

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Birmingham Weekender: In Digbeth

The sound of vibrant contemporary South Asian and world music will fill Digbeth as Kefaya, alongside percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger, offer short pop-up solos and duets for visitors throughout the day in Digbeth venues.

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BEDLAM: No Bond So Strong

A life-affirming show about motherhood and holding family together when you find yourself unravelling. A mother, a relative, a doctor; three voices come together to paint an intimate portrait of the hopeful experiences and the hopeless feelings of being a new parent.

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Mid-day Mantra with Aziz Ibrahim

Aziz Ibrahim is known for his work as lead guitarist for several internationally acclaimed bands and artists including The Stone Roses, Simply Red, Ian Brown, Paul Weller, Steven Wilson, Asia & Rebel MC.

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Children Playing God

A documentary film by Ashok Vish, follows the lives of five boys (aged 8-14 years old) during their rehearsal period for the month-long Ramlila performance based on the epic poem, Ramayana.

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Full listing for Birmingham Indian Film Festival 2019

This year marks BIFF’s 5th anniversary and it promises to be a showcase of rich, entertaining and thought-provoking independent films.

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Sidelines to Centre Stage

A showcase of creative writing produced by women who have survived extreme life experiences.

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The Chef Show

Sun 16 June | 4pm | MAC
Part comic play/part live cooking demonstration/ part theatre, The Chef Show centres on father and son Abdul and Khalid on a particularly busy night in their restaurant.

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BBC Arts’ New Creatives Info Evening with Rural Media and Sampad

Join Rural Media and Sampad at MAC Birmingham to hear about an exciting new opportunity to be commissioned by the BBC and Arts Council England. We’re looking for Midlands based Artists and Creatives aged between 16-30 who have innovative ideas for short form audio, film and interactive work.

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Nirupama & Rajendra’s Abhinava Dance Company: ASEEMA

Tue 16 April | 7.30pm | MAC
Over the last 25 years Abhinava Dance Company has firmly established itself as one of India’s most popular and cutting-edge dance companies, bringing a fresh and thrilling approach to Classical dance.

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Soumik Datta: King of Ghosts & Around India with a Movie Camera

Wed 10 April | 7.30pm | Birmingham Town Hall
Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray’s cult film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, will be projected on a large screen with a reimagined live cinematic score (King of Ghosts) that features the haunting sounds of Soumik’s sarod (19 stringed fretless lute), Cormac Byrne’s Irish folk rhythms and City of London Sinfonia.

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Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali

Drawing on a rich vein of Islamic and Sufi poetry, Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music from the Indian subcontinent and Rizwan-Muazzam come from a direct family line of spiritual Qawwali singers that spans five centuries.

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival: Josh + Q&A (12A)

Arriving at the nanny’s feudal home village the teacher uncovers a dangerous truth that will quickly destabilise her world. Starring Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza, Josh is a compelling film about class and social struggle that takes no prisoners.

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Too Desi Too Queer

Birmingham Indian Film Festival, Sampad and Birmingham City University come together with Film Hub Midlands, Saathi Nights and Brum Asians LGBT to present an evening exploring and celebrating the South Asian LGBTQI+ experience and wellbeing with screenings of new and classic short films in a safe and friendly space.

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival: Saving Face + A Girl In The River (15)

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani film-maker, journalist and activist known for her work in highlighting inequality with women. Winner of numerous awards, Sharmeen was honoured with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour of the country, by the Government of Pakistan in 2012 and is the only woman to win two Oscars by the age of 37.

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival: Lakeer (12A)

Hailed as the first Pahari film, Lakeer is dedicated to those displaced during partition and dying to visit their birthplaces.

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Chai and Chat: Ikon Gallery

This event will be held at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham and will be hosted by Shaista Chisthy. Shaista is a London based Documentary Photographer & Visual Artist exploring identity, representation and notions of ‘otherness’, particularly of Muslims in Britain. Shai uses news and mainstream media along with humour to challenge narratives which often serve to de-humanise, over simplify and reinforce a ‘them and us’ in society.

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Asian Spring 2019 | 21st Edition

Sampad’s annual showcase returns with a thrilling celebration of South Asian dance. This year marks the incredible 21st edition of Asian Spring, and to commend this momentous occasion, the performance will be hosted at the prestigious Birmingham Town Hall.

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Chai and Chat: Wolverhampton Literature Festival

After the success of our first ever Chai and Chat in October 2018, we have the inspiring Abda Khan hosting our next event at Wolverhampton Literature Festival. Join us for an afternoon of celebrating women’s creativity and a cup of tea!

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About the Elephant UK Tour – Final Date

Rising stars from the world of dance and music shine in this topical new performance.

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Best of Bollywood – CBSO Friday Night Classics

Experience Bollywood‘s best-loved songs, performed in world-class style by Birmingham’s own symphony orchestra, with colourful dance sequences specially created by Sampad.

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Asian Spring 2018

Come and enjoy the special 20th edition of Sampad’s hugely popular dance showcase in the spectacular setting of the brand new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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One and Inner Voice – a double bill of newly-commissioned experimental Carnatic music.

A brand new double bill of newly commissioned experimental carnatic music presented by zerOclassikal.

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Townsend Productions: We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!

The remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike.

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Elephant

The REP presents the world première of Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s brand new play, Elephant.

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