X-Drifts Festival 2017

CrossDrifts Festival 2017 is an excitingly unique blend of academia and practice. Now in our second year, we have programmed a series of activities that highlight some of this year’s significant links between UK and Asia. Our presentations are a synthesis of many different British and Asian voices. It is a result of collaborative efforts and a platform that is committed to a sharing of non-hierarchichal cultural capital. Check our list of events below and click on any of them to access more information.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the forgotten faces of WW1, the Chinese Labour Corps. They set foot in France on 19th April 1917 in support of the British and French armies and played a crucial role during the war by carrying out important manual activities. During London’s Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday 25th June, visitors will learn about the vital contribution of the Chinese Labour Corps during WW1 and after, brilliantly delivered by The Meridian Society. Further heritage events are planned until the end of 2018, culminating in a digital memorial of the Chinese Labour Corps that will serve as a lasting tribute to these brave men.

2017 is also UK/India Year of Culture, the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India. In Britindia Day, we celebrate key AAAHA initiatives implemented in the past year with a number of enlightening presentations by our colleagues. They will share the challenges and successes of their be illuminating experiences for all those interested in working in India.

This year is also the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and as part of our Gender Here And There (GHAT) project, we are thrilled that we are partnering with Queer Asia, and the Club Kali Queens for OUTrageous Tales both held at SOAS, University of London. Unmissable! Look out also for the unusual combination of the Pink Singers + Rainbow Singers from Mumbai.

Figure This, an inspirational art exhibition curated by X.D.G., combining both the Chinese and gender themes, will be held at Thameside Complex in Grays, Essex in the first half of June. This exhibition heralds the foundation of future AAAHA arts projects between the UK and China.

We have some great musical treats lined up in a performance day on Sunday 9th July with Nepalese band Namlo and Balinese gendér wayang ensemble Segara Madu. A wonderful opportunity not only to hear them but also to eat some tasty Nepalese food. Each summer SOAS offers an exciting Summer Music School of world-wide music -unique, varied and truly multi-cultural. If you are passionate about music and cultures, there is something for everyone: Intensive and inspiring courses, practical workshops, taster sessions and master classes for students of all backgrounds, beginners to advanced, amateur and professional.

PROGRAMME

Figure This
Daily 1-15 June, 10am-11pm (closed Sunday)
Thameside Complex Art Gallery, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex RM17 5DX

Queer Asia Symposium
Fri-Sat 16-17 June, 10am-6pm
SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

Queer Asia Film Festival
Sun 18 June 9am-8pm
SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

SOAS Summer Music School
19 June – 24 July
SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

Britindia Day
Sat 24 June 10.30am-5pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

OUTrageous Tales
Sat 24 June 2pm-5pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

Chinese Labour Corps at Dragon Boat Festival
Sun 25 June 10am-6pm
London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, London E16 2QT

Lantern Evening book launch
Thu 29 June 6-8pm
Word on the Water, The London Bookbarge, (moored at York Way, Granary Square, nr. Kings Cross station)

Pink Singers + Rainbow Singers
Sat 8 July
London Pride – Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DX

Music Delta
Sun 9 July 4.30pm-7.30pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG
CrossDrifts festival roundup is a splendid and memorable range of musical ecleticism, accompanied with delicious Nepalese cuisine. Below is what’s on offer.

Namlo (Nepalese fusion band)
Sun 9 July 4.30pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

Segara Madu (Balinese gendér wayang)
Sun 9 July 5.45pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

Ardhanarishvara (Premiere of Nick Gray’s new chamber work)
Sun 9 July 6.30pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

IZBA Russian Music Club
Sun 9 July 7.00pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, London WC1H 0XG

Pink Singers + Rainbow Singers
Sat 15 July 7pm
From Queer To Eternity – Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ