2017 is the official year of Utsav: Birmingham’s Year of South Asian Culture.
Utsav means festival or celebration in old Sanskrit, and Birmingham Weekender (22nd-24th September) is proud to be part of the festivities. The Weekender programme includes a plethora of events with South Asian vibes - here are just a few to whet your appetite!
Start your weekend with the Knights of the Raj on Friday 22nd at 7pm. Birmingham is home to hundreds of Indian restaurants, yet many people are unaware that it is in fact the Bangladeshi community that pioneered Britain’s curry culture. Soul City Arts will transform the Edwardian Tea Room in Birmingham Musuem and Art Gallery into an ‘Indian’ restaurant for an evening, bringing a bustling curry-house vibe to the museum.
If dance is your cup of (masala chai) tea, then grab a ticket for Daksha Sheth Dance Company’s Sari. Bridging the gap between contemporary and traditional Indian dance, internationally-renowned choreographer Daksha Sheth incorporates dynamic aerial performance in a celebration of clothing intrinsically intertwined with Indian culture. See Sari at mac Birmingham, on the 23rd and 24th of September, tickets here.
Bring your family to Rangeeli – Colours of Birmingham Parade, where all the colours of Birmingham come to life in this spectacular city parade. Rangeeli (Saturday 23rd September, 11am), tells the story of Birmingham in keeping with the Rio Carnival’s tradition of storytelling. Co-designed with the citizens of birmingham, the parade explores, celebrates and shares the heritage of the city with a south Asian twist – Utsav style!
If you’re coming to our night time spectacular Clash of Drums, make sure you get there early to catch Lions of Punjab at 7.30pm on Saturday 23rd September, Eastside Green. This traditional Punjabi Bhangra dance group will warm you and the family up both mentally and physically with their high energy dancing, so you’ll be ready for an unforgettable evening.
Don’t miss our closing event – Hans Raj Hans live at Birmingham Town Hall! The hugely popular Punjabi singer closes Birmingham Weekender on Suday 24th at 7.30pm with an uplifting evening of live song and music. Hans Raj Hans is known for his charismatic performances, which have established him as a national treasure in his home country of India and endeared him to millions of fans throughout the world. Make sure you book a ticket from here soon, as tickets are selling fast.
For the full Birmingham Weekender programme, download our brochure from here.
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