X-Drifts 2018



18th June – 7th July
This year we have established a significant partnership with Thurrock International Celebration of Culture, TICC. This complements the academic, film and music learning activities at SOAS, University of London. We have also begun associations with Aurora Metro Books and Quercus Books, publishers of Asian writing.

Click below to access more details of the various strands that make up X-Drifts 2018.

SOAS World Music Summer School
18th June – 6th July Book here
SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG
Every summer SOAS offers an exciting summer school of world-wide music. The course programme is unique, varied and truly multi-cultural. Intensive and inspiring courses, practical workshops, taster sessions and master classes for students of all backgrounds, beginners to advanced, amateur and professional.

Pull No Punches – East Asian Voices play readings
23rd June 2-5pm Book here
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG
Works of eminent East Asian writers will be brought vividly to life.  Included will be  extracts from British East Asian writers Amy Ng, Daniel York Loh, Joel Tan and Stephen Hoo plus Asa Palomera and Jin Yong’s A Hero Born in the first ever published English translation. Readings produced by Break Point Theatre.

7th July 9am-2pm 
Grays High Street, Essex RM17 6NP 
TICC Hi! Street festival event in Grays presents an intoxicatingly wide range of performances and participatory activities that will transform this public walkway. Be bowled over by music, song, dance and poetry from Indonesia, Africa, Nepal, Singapore and Thurrock; participate in street gamelan, dance, song and painting.

Queer Asia
24th-29th June Book here
SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG
The British Museum,Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

An international conference and film festival at SOAS and the British Museum for inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia, or Asian diasporas and beyond.