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Immerse yourself in a world of culture at the British Asian Festival

Posted: 12.01.16

Brighten up the grey skies of January with a celebration of music, art, film and culture that is guaranteed to make you smile...and feel proud of being a Desi! Rifco and Watford Palace theatre are holding their inaugural British Asian Festival and the line-up is fantastic. Curated by actor and director Ameet Chana and Rifco’s Artistic Director Pravesh Kumar the festival features a diverse line-up of British film, theatre, art and comedy. It all kicks off on Thursday 21st January with a screening of one our our fave films of 2015, the BAFTA Cymru winning Comedy Convenience followed by a talk with Actor and Producer Ray Panthaki hosted by Ameet. Need a reminder of why you need to watch this fab flick? Check out our review here.

Friday’s line-up includes scratch performances of new writing from four Rifco Associates - the theatre company’s artist development scheme and later in the evening BBC Asian Network brings its Big Comedy Night to Watford. Breakfast show presenter Tommy Sandhu hosts some of the biggest UK stand-up comedians and spotlights the hottest new talent including Hardeep Singh Kohli, In Cahoots, Sindhu Vee and Ahir Shah.

On Saturday the vivacious MummyJi returns to the stage with her variety show MummyJi Presents…The Professionals. This time MummyJi is bringing audiences an extra special show for the festival, inviting some well-known names and celeb friends to join her for a chat in her living room including BBC Radio DJ Nihal, Nitin Ganatra (Eastenders), Shobu Kapoor (Citizen Khan), singer-songwriter Arjun and Bollywood singer Ash King.


Bright & brilliant - Inquisitive's vibrant creations

Throughout the festival, contemporary illustrator Inkquisitive will be exhibiting his vibrant creations and the theatre will also host The Singh Project (image above) a collection of images by photographers Amit and Naroop. Well worth a trip, it's a festival that will inspire everyone who attends so start booking your tickets now. 

The British Asian Festival runs from Thurs 21st to Sat 23rd January 2016.

Find out more about The British Asian Festival here.

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