London International Arts Festival, 10-12 August 2012
Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 10, 2012
About the London International Arts Festival
The London International Arts Festival (LIAF) is a new annual event celebrating the diverse cultures of East London and beyond. It is organised by Dhruv Arts, which was formed in London in 2004 with the aim of promoting the traditional arts of South Asian music, dance, storytelling and visuals. As Dhruv evolved, it saw the need to provide a platform for contemporary and complimentary cultures and art forms, from which LIAF was born.
The inaugural LIAF will take place between 10 and 12 August 2012. Its curator is composer and violin virtuoso Jyotsna Srikanth, a co-founder of Dhruv Arts. She has programmed a fantastic weekend of live performances that feature Classical, Folk, Jazz and Contemporary music and dance from around the world, including India, Mexico, Serbia, Turkey & the USA.
Jyotsna explained the inspiration behind LIAF, “I have performed numerous Indian classical and contemporary concerts, and collaborated with many international artists to create music that cuts across many musical genres and geographies. Yet here in East London where I live – one of the most multi-cultural places on Earth – we did not have a quality arts festival reflecting this diversity.
I feel very passionately about LIAF. What started as a desire to showcase the very best of South Indian Carnatic music has expanded into far richer tapestry of music and arts originating from different continents.
Our exciting LIAF 2012 programme is full of fantastic, award-winning artists and musical legends. I am also keen to help develop emerging talent. With this in mind, a key part of the festival is to offer workshops so young artists can gain insight and hands-on experience from maestros of different musical genres.”
LIAF 2012 takes place at Redbridge Town Hall, a Grade 2 listed building located in the town centre among the main shopping precinct. This impressive Victorian landmark contains two spacious rooms, the Main Hall and Lambourne Room, both of which will be used for LIAF.
With a capacity of 675, the Main Hall will stage LIAF’s afternoon and evening concerts. These are all ticketed events. Lambourne Room will be open to the public, who can visit the indoor stalls as well as sample delicious Asian cuisine and beverages from LIAF’s kitchen all day long.
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