An Indian Summer has become a popular member of Leicester’s annual festival programme and this year, to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the event will be going online.

The 10th edition of the festival celebrating South Asian culture has been repackaged and reimagined for an online audience, making it the UK’s first online South Asian arts festival.

Usually taking place in venues and outdoor spaces across Leicester, this year it will be hosted online for free, taking place Monday 13th – Sunday 26th July 2020.

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This year, online attendees can look forward to a packed programme including:

  • Ragas & Rhythms, a live streamed Indian classical music concert
  • Interactive music software, where you can mix your own tracks using samples of Indian music
  • A home cinema experience, screening ‘Bend it Like Beckham and Slumdog Millionaire with wraparound cooking tutorials, playlists and more
  • A programme of online workshops & tutorials, including cookery demonstrations and henna 
  • Talks from speakers and collectives such as Two Brown Girls and Leicester Riders in conversation about BAME in sport.
  • Live-streamed performances celebrating the last 10 years of An Indian Summer’s artists – ranging from exemplary pieces from global dance group, Shiamak to musicians from across the UK
  • New musical creations from award winning Bandish Projekt based in Mumbai

This year will also include the launch of An Indian Summer Open, an online exhibition with an opportunity for artists to win a £500 prize. In the absence of a physical exhibition, 15 UK and global artists from visual art backgrounds, such as fine art, print and sculpture, will display their work via a virtual gallery.

Festival Director, Jiten Anand, said: “We are incredibly excited to produce the UK’s first online South Asian arts festival, 10 editions of An Indian Summer is a momentous landmark. Innovating the way audiences experience arts & culture during these difficult times is a challenge – and we want to pioneer new ways in which people all over the world can access culture.”

To see the full An Indian Summer Festival programme, just head over to the website.