7th September 2012

MANDALA in Birmingham

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A spectacular FREE arts event, part of the London 2012 Festival.

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7 September 2012
Chamberlain Square, Town Hall, Birmingham
(outdoor event)
Performances at 8:30pm and 9:30pm

9 September 2012
Old Market Square, Nottingham Council House
(outdoor event)
Performance at 8.30pm


MANDALA is a dazzling FREE outdoor performance fusing international and British Asian music and dance with spectacular 3D digital projections.
Town Hall, Birmingham and Nottingham Council House will be magically illuminated with colour and light to tell a story that connects the past with the present.
The buildings will be brought to life with stunning digital projections and visual effects triggered by the live dance, music and audience interaction.
MANDALA (Sanskrit for ‘circle’) will unite exciting British Asian dancers ”‹Aakash Odedra and Devika Rao with BB”‹OY’S ATTIC and a company of artists, merging the beautiful forms of classical Asian dance with edgy, urban attitude.

With a powerful soundtrack, featuring the music of world-class artists Anoushka Shankar and Zakir Hussain”‹”‹”‹, and a special live appearance by multi award-winning tabla artist, Talvin Singh”‹”‹”‹”‹”‹”‹”‹”‹, MANDALA will be the free outdoor multimedia spectacle not to miss!

MANDALA is a bold, new collaboration between sampad South Asian arts and leading arts & technology company, seeper.

The production is directed by Kully Thiarai, with choreography by Aakash Odedra and artistic direction by Piali Ray.

Special performance by Red Baraat at Mandala in Birmingham

7 September 2012
Town Hall, Birmingham, Chamberlain Square
Performance starts at 6.30pm


The seriously hot, larger-than-life, Brooklyn based dhol ‘n’ brass band Red Baraat will be flying in from New York City to start Mandala in Birmingham with a swing!

The nine piece band led by dhol drummer Sunny Jain consists of dhol, drums, percussion, a sousaphone and a five piece horn section. The band fuse the infectious North Indian rhythms of bhangra with funk, jazz, Latin and go-go and their sound is big, brassy and full of energy.

Dig out your dancing shoes and hotfoot it down to Chamberlain Square!
Red Baraat’s UK tour is produced by Asian Arts Agency.”‹

Mandala and the Red Baraat tour are part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Mandala also marks the beginning of ArtsFest in Birmingham and the opening weekend for the World Event for Young Artists in Nottingham, part of MelaFest 2012