Bollywood Brass Band and Kala The Arts

Back Together, Safely Apart

Basingstoke Festival

Day 1

Friday 25 June
5pm – meet at Cross Street
6pm – performances at the Amphitheatre, Festival Place

Back Together, Safely Apart

Bollywood meets Brass meets Bhangra: The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of the most popular music in the world. Wielding saxophones, tabla, dhol drums and a colossal sousaphone, the BBB are one of the most colourful, joyful and exhilarating acts around.

Joining them is a small group of professional dance artists and young people led by local dance organisation Kala The Arts. Watch them from Cross Street and throughout town from a distance* and join the band at the Amphitheatre next to Festival Place where socially distant seating is provided to enjoy more world music and dance kicking off the Basingstoke Festival with a bang.

At the Amphitheatre audiences can enjoy Sounds of the Earth, a newly created innovative piece of dance by four artists in the styles of Kathak and Odissi, performed to an original musical score by Pablo Sonnaillon. Following this a fusion, celebratory and creative dance composition in Bollywood, Kathak and Odissi styles will take place by local Kala youth dancers.

Artistic Director, Sushmita Pati will lead a participatory short covid-safe workshop for anyone willing to try the moves before finishing off with a short solo rendition to celebrate LGBTQIA+  Pride month and further performances from Bollywood Brass Band.

This event is supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council


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