Freedom Week 2016, paradoxically a 11-day collection of events, will blend live music, theatre, spoken-word and photography to mark 45 years since Bangladesh declared its independence. Building on the success of last year’s festival, arts centre Rich Mix in Shoreditch will host the celebration , divided among 11 things to do (listed below), from Wednesday, March 23 to Sunday, April 3.
Female British Bangladeshi independent musicians and artists including Sara Saeed, Gouri Chowdhury and Sohini Alam of Khiyo celebrate creative diversity.
Mar 24, 7.30pm, free, Main Space
Vocalist Lucy Rahman collaborates with Kathak artist Amina Khayyam to imagine a meeting with writer Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Mar 25, 7.30pm, £10, Upstairs
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CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY OF BANGLADESH
Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, the Bengali progressive artist’s organisation presents a programme of music, dance and poetry on Bangladesh Independence Day.
Mar 26, 12pm, free, Main Space
BISHI: A VOCAL ODYSSEY
Musician, artist, multimedia performer and curator, Bishi was born in London of Bengali heritage and will be showcasing new vocal compositions and audio-visual performance work in progress.
Mar 26, 8pm, free, Main Space
This performance takes the audience into the innermost lives of two Bengali women. A sudden declaration by one, threatens their apparently cosy domesticity.
Mar 26-27, various times, £7, Upstairs
BENGALI BAUL AND VAISHNAV MUSIC FESTIVAL
Radha Raman Society presents a festival encapsulating the original sound of Bangladesh, having evolved from two highly influential musical movements – Baul and Vaishnavism.
Mar 27, 6.30pm, free , Main Space
BRITISH BANGLADESHI SHOWCASE
Poet In The City for celebrates contemporary British Bangladeshi poetry, featuring an eclectic mix of performers.
Mar 29, 7.30pm, free, Main Space
Tells the story of millions of the workers thousands of miles away in Bangladesh, who make the clothes we wear.
Apr 1, 7.30pm, £7, Upstairs
GHUM BHANGAR GAAN: A TRIBUTE TO SALIL CHOWDHURY
Satyen Sen School of performing Arts presents a tribute to the Indian composer Salil Chowdhury.
Apr 3, 12pm, free, Main Space
UNFURLING BANGLADESH: THE PICTURE THROUGH HER EYES
This exhibition shows the world as seen through the eyes of Bangladeshi surfer girls and garment factory workers.
Mar 23-Apr 2, free, Lower Cafe Gallery
LIFE IN A TEA GARDEN
The inside story and way of life of a tea garden in Bangladesh, which was designed some 200 years ago by the East India Company.
Mar 24-Apr 2, free, Mezzanine
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