Our brightest Diwali celebration is nearly upon us. Alongside first-class fare from London’s finest street food traders, we will celebrate the festival of light with music and spoken word performances from a selection of outstandingly talented South Asian artists. The line-up is unmissable!
Combining food and culture to bring people together is absolutely at the heart of what we do, and so everyone is wholeheartedly welcome and encouraged to come along and join in our Diwali celebrations.
Headlining this year’s celebrations is the brilliant, Indian-born, London-raised, super-talented musician, composer and sarod player, Soumik Datta. He’s an incredible talent, and will charm audiences with his modern leanings on the ancient sarod.
Supporting Soumik, there’ll be most talented artist Vibs Bhatia, whose music merges Hindi, Punjabi and English to bring a fusion feel to her Indian heritage, as well as singer-songwriter, Sarangi player and vocalist, Amrit Kaur Lohia and Bombay-born, London-grown indie-pop singer-songwriter Saachi Sen.
Then two first-class bands will take to the stage: enjoy fine sounds from Khiyo – a British-Bangladeshi band that gives Bengali music a fresh London sound. And Side Partition – a London-based rock fusion collective with Indian and Pakistani roots. Expect a bit of rock’n’roll, a bit of blues and lots of funk!
Jaspreet Kaur is a top-class, award-winning Spoken Word artist from East London. Her poetry is thought-provoking, challenging and has taken her to speaking at TED, the UN and many women’s networks. Expect to be inspired.
We’re proud to call him our friend, and delighted that Ryan Lanji – DJ, curator and founder of queer South Asian club night Hungama – will be spinning the best of tunes through the evening.
VEG. STREET FOOD
Street Feast’s finest traders will be serving up some (really too yummy) vegetarian dishes. Look forward to Yum Bun’s fluffy steamed buns and steamed Yumplings, and madcap ice cream creations from Chin Chin Labs. You can also delight in a MASSIVE Dishoom Jackfruit Biryani and a brand-new street food creation from Chef Naved of Shakarhandi Chaat. This will all be washed down with a tasty array of drinks.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Tickets are available here. It will be an absolutely brilliant evening and we’d love people from all walks of life, faiths and persuasions to come and celebrate with us! In the meantime, do follow us on social for any updates and news about the line-up.
*Soumik Datta Arts is a charity that brings communities together through the arts.