Alchemy 2016 Festival- South Asian Culture at its Best!

By Farzana Whitfield|May 19, 2016|Art and Archaeology, Films and Sound Recordings, Music, Media and Film Studies, Photography, South Asia|0 comments

Courtesy of Alchemy Festival 2016 webpage I cannot praise this event enough, it is fun, colourful, vibrant and cultured! Each year, Alchemy fills Southbank Centre with a vibrant array of performances, workshops and exhibitions – and a delicious food market. The festival celebrates the rich cultural relationship between the UK and the Indian subcontinent, and explores the creative influences generated by our shared history. In 2016, the seventh Alchemy brings

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Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy In Pakistan

By Farzana Whitfield|April 5, 2016|Art and Archaeology, History, Photography, South Asia|0 comments

Image courtesy of Acclaimed photographer Amardeep Singh’s beautifully illustrated travelogue is a true labour of love. The author visited 36 cities in Pakistan to explore the region’s impact and influence on Sikh culture (and vice versa) – the resulting book’s photography and commentary offers a unique insight into West Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan Administered Kashmir. You can join Amardeep at the Bradford Literature Festival for an enlightening event

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Artist and Empire exhibition at the Tate

By Mary Fisk|January 19, 2016|Archival collections, Art and Archaeology, History, Photography|0 comments

Follow the links to an illustrated article by Inigo Thomas on the London Review of Books website discussing the portraiture of the British imperial age showcased in the Tate Britain’s current exhibition “Artist and Empire” which explores “how artists from Britain and around the world have responded to the dramas, tragedies and experiences of the Empire” from the 16th century to the present day Click here to read the London Review of

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Postman by Maleonn

By Jiyeon Wood|July 30, 2015|Art and Archaeology, China and Inner Asia, Photography, Unknown|0 comments

Maleonn, 2008. Postman [photograph]  (London, SOAS Library). Photograph by David Pearson. You have probably seen these photographs in the Library (Level E).  They were from the exhibition Chinascape: Contemporary Chinese Photography held at the Wolfson Gallery in the library in 12th April – 8th June 2012. The exhibition presented photographs of a number of high-profile independent artists in China, and provided a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of trends

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The Shubbak Festival is back in London 11-26th July 2015

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|July 7, 2015|Art and Archaeology, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Photography|0 comments

The Shubbak Festival is back in town for another fortnight of inspiring events (gigs, talks, films, theater, and family events)  providing a Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, from 11th-26th July 2015. Check it out at To note: this year the Shubbak Literature Festival is organised in cooperation with the British Library and will includes talks on 25th and 26th July such as : The Rise of Arabic Literature in

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