Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign is the longest in British history, and to celebrate this incredible achievement there will be nationwide celebrations on the Platinum Jubilee four-day holiday which started today. A snapshot of the Asian culture which is part of the celebrations…
Buckingham Palace’s Jubilee celebrations include South Asian dance company…
PERFORMANCE company Nutkhut is to be part of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant – the biggest national event marking the ocassion on Sunday (June 5) at Buckingham Palace and is inspired by the Queen and Prince Phillip’s Royal Wedding. Nutkhut’s performance will centre around a six-metre-high wedding cake, and its four tiers will represent the Silver, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees.
The arts-led company was founded by Simmy Gupta and Ajay Chhabra 10 years ago and represents modern Britain through its unique premise of mixing both their backgrounds with very British humour.
“Born in Wolverhampton and from a working class background, I am honoured to be invited to curate a section of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant” said Gupta.
Nutkhut has strong links with Commonwealth after Chhabra’s family moved to London 70 years ago “Seventy years ago, my mother, nine years old at the time, welcomed The Queen to Fiji; a 10,000 mile journey resulted in her and three generations of women in my family making London their home.”
The company has worked extensively across the UK and internationally since 2003, and particularly focuses on creating work with site specific contexts, such as festivals, melas and special occasions.
Listing: Platinum Jubilee Pageant, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
More info: https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/event/platinum-pageant/
Diverse community performance…
FAMILY fun is in store for those living in Swindon, with the South Asian Performing Arts Centre (SAPAC) performing classical dances from India. This will include Bollywood dance workshops at the Jubilee Family Fun day and street party tomorrow (June 3).
SAPAC was founded in 2009 when four ethnic communities in Swindon joined forces to promote South Asian dance. The centre has become a hub for South Asian performance in Swindon and Wiltshire and is a place to experience diversity in the local area.
Listing: Jubilee Family Fun day and street party, Friday (June 3), 2 Foxcott, Latton Village, Swindon, Wilshire, SN6 6DT
More info: https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/event/jubilee-family-fun-day-and-street-party-2/
Vivid Asian performers part of Jubilee celebrations…
ANNAPURNA, a traditional Indian dance company, is performing at Hebden Bridge Town Hall in Yorkshire, as part of their series of dance performances across Calderdale. This project aims to show the rich heritage of India through dance and storytelling and is committed to working with people of all ages and abilities.
The company’s main dance form is taken from the classical style of Indian dance called bharatanatyam. This style is recognisable through rhythmic footwork and storytelling through facial expressions and intricate hand gestures. Annapurna work with musicians, puppeteers, percussionists, visual artists, international Indian composters and choreographers.
Listing: Annapurna Indian Dance, Saturday (June 4), 4.30pm, The Town Hall, St George’s Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY
More info: https://hebdenbridgetownhall.org.uk/news/annapurna
Big day out in Southampton with celebratory concert…with our Nat compering!
SOUTHAMPTON is hosting The Big Platinum Festival on Sunday (June 5), which will include live music on three stages. The Big Platinum Band will perform songs from all 54 commonwealth countries and will feature British Asian, Caribbean and African singers and dancers. There will also be street food stalls and St Andrews Pipe band & Chinese Dragons procession.
Our very own Natalie Barrass, who compiles the Bird Eye Review Show, will be the Unity Stage Host for the festival.
She said: “So looking forward to being part of this exciting event! I love a party – and 70 years of Her Majesty being on the throne is an excellent reason to celebrate!”
Listing: The Big Platinum Jubilee Festival, Sunday (June 5), 10am-9pm Mayflower Park, Southampton, SO14 2AQ
More info: https://unity101.org/the-big-platinum-festival/
Rich Mix has something different in store…
ALTERNATIVELY, if you would prefer something not Jubilee related, Rich Mix in East London is hosting the Gharana Festival on Sunday (June 5), which will include classical musical, three hours of gharana concerts and semi-classical Bangla music.
There will be music from UK artists Kirit Singh, Jasdeep Singh, Mehboob Nadeem and Chiranjeeb Chakraborty, as well as local artists and Bengali composers. Gharana describes a school or style of music often associated with a region or a particular regal court where that type of music orginally developed.
Listing: Gharana Festival, Sunday (June 5), 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
More info: https://richmix.org.uk/events/gharana-festival-3/