Alchemy: a celebration of South Asian culture

The South Bank Centre’s celebration of South Asian culture, turns five in 2014 – and there’s an extra-special line-up to mark the occasion with a programme off free and ticketed events exploring everything from politics to fashion across the subcontinent. 

An exhibition. ‘The Citizens Archive of Pakistan’ (daily), that explores the country’s history through testimonies and mementoes, while Design Wallah pop-up shop offers a chance to peruse the latest in contemporary Southeast Asian interiors, jewellery and artwork.

Food lovers won’t be disappointed, either – the Southbank Centre Square street- food market will focus on dishes from across the subcontinent, and restaurant Roti Chai Chaat Shack and Bar will be serving up its signature Indian eats in Festival Village.

That’s not all – there’ll be fashion shows, riverside DJing and much more.

Let's hope that this is so much less crowded than Streets Of Spain was - and if it isn't, we'll have the roof terrace at Auberge as our respite from the crowds! We'll gather at Auberge till around 1.30pm, and then meet back there when we're done.

Please pay in cash on the day, and my phone number, if you need it, is 07955 861414. 

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  • Bao T.

    Sorry, my bad didn't realise.

    May 29, 2014

    • Chantal G.

      I understand you spent a lot of the meetup pitching your project to group members; this is also not allowed.

      May 29, 2014

  • Chantal G.

    Bao, I've removed your comment; I don't allow the group or its message boards to be used for self-promotion. Sorry.

    May 29, 2014

  • Louise

    Hey Chantal, Thanks for organising the meet up, it was nice to meet everyone. Can I just ask, as well as photos of kids, what's the view in the group of taking photos of homeless people? Just that I've done some work with the homeless and I feel a bit funny about it - do people definitely give them some money/buy them a sandwich in exchange for a photo?

    2 · May 28, 2014

    • Farnz

      Louise, if it helps I approach it this way: homeless people I'll give a sandwich but not money in case it's 'accidentally'­ used to buy drink or drugs instead; beggars get nothing and if they hold out a hand or ask they get a resounding "No!". (There are too many professional beggars who are taking money that might be used to buy food or clothing for those who are homeless.) On principle I don't photograph those who are homeless unless I strike up a conversation with them first and they give me their assent. Pete.

      May 28, 2014

    • Louise

      Thanks Pete. I definitely don't photograph homeless people, I meant I felt funny about anyone photographing them (without permission). I'm not sure there's any right or wrong way to be asking for money/help if you're desperate. I know what you mean about not wanting the money to go to the wrong people, but I'd rather take the risk that it goes to the right person (although usually I buy food). Personally I think eye contact and a smile go a really long way, as the main thing some of the homeless people said at Crisis was that they feel invisible.

      1 · May 29, 2014

  • rens

    Guys, it was nice meeting you! Chantal - thanks for organising this event.

    2 · May 27, 2014

  • Chantal G.

    Many thanks to everyone who came - I'm so sorry it wasn't a more inspiring day. Next time! :)

    3 · May 26, 2014

  • Chantal G.

    Although the weather forecast will of course change tomorrow, light rain is scheduled around 2pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for shelter, so if there is any rain, it should not affect us.

    1 · May 26, 2014

    • Alasdair

      Hey - it means it won't be as crowded as streets of Spain.

      1 · May 26, 2014

    • Chantal G.


      May 26, 2014

  • Chantal G.

    Let's meet inside Auberge (ground floor), rather than in the roof terrace - I'll be there from about 12.45pm.

    May 26, 2014

  • Hannah

    Hm. I will come down for a bit as my plans just got cancelled on me which I think means I need to buy food from a van.

    May 26, 2014

  • Kris

    Hi Chantal, would like to come but unsure of transport on that day.

    May 20, 2014

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