About the LIAF – 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 liveperformances 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.”
Line up 2012…
10th August, Friday
Dhruv Ensemble, UK
Carnatica Brothers, India
Anja McCloskey, English Folk, UK
EYOT, Folk Jazz, Serbia
11th August, Saturday
Shyamala & Hariharan, US
Prakash Sontakke, Hindustani
Jyotsna Srikanth Project, UK
Dr. Balamuralikrishna, India
12th August, Sunday
“Rabindranjali” Dance Ballet, India
Dr. Suma Sudhindra, India
Robert Atchison & the Ormesby Ensemble, UK
Pushkala Gopal Dance Group, UK
La Internacional Sonora Balkanera, Mexico
Venue: 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 Matinee (afternoon) and Evening concerts. These are all ticketed events. Each session will feature at least two top class performances – do visit the Line Up section of our website to see the full LIAF 2012 programme and to read about the wonderful artists on the bill.
Seating at the venue is split into two sections: Front (rows A-K) and Rear (L-Z and Balcony). Seats are unreserved and will be available on a ‘first come first served’. Also, seats in the Front section are more expensive than those in the Rear.
We have created a range of ticket types to make the event affordable and accessible to all. There are individual concert tickets (£8-£20), Day (£20-25) and Weekend Passes (£60), with concession prices for students, pensioners and families. The Day and Weekend Passes give you access to both Matinee and Evening concerts, but do not include entrance to the Saturday workshops.
The Lambourne Room will be open to the public throughout the weekend. It will host indoor stalls and the LIAF Kitchen serving delicious Asian cuisine and beverages all day long. All four workshops will take place in nearby Vine Church Hall on Holstock Road, with entrance to each priced at £5. See the Workshops section for more details.
(Source: 08/2012 – Dhruv Arts | Events)
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