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My Route: Taxi tour along Stratford Road, Birmingham

An interactive theatrical and sensory experience exploring the history of this fascinating road.

My Route is Sampad’s community heritage project, exploring the changing history of the people, landscape and culture along Stratford Rd in Birmingham since the 1940s. The My Route Taxi Tour is an interactive theatrical and sensory experience that will take you on a journey along Stratford Rd to explore how the landscape has changed over the last 70 years. Relive the history of this fascinating road through the decades, experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and stories of another time & space. The tour will allow you to immerse yourself in the heritage of these local neighbourhoods, offering a memorable and fun learning experience that ends with snacks at a local eatery.

My Route is a Sampad project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Taxi Tour is produced by sampad and delivered in partnership with Excel Cars

Tour departs at 11am and 12.30pm on Wednesday 30th July and on Wednesdays and Saturdays in August 2014.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Some acts to look out for at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.

Dance & Physical Theatre

Booking Dance Festival – Split Bill | The Bang Group bangs rhythm full force with smiles in tow while Antara Bhardwaj elegantly counterbalances with kathak beats. 16 – 17 August | Venue 150

Ihayami Masala | Scotland’s Indian dance company Dance Ihayami invites you to a mesmerising mixture of Indian and Celtic rhythms. Dance Masala will be followed by a classical Indian dance workshop. All welcome to join in. Indian snacks included. 1 – 24 August | LifeCare Centre | www. danceihayami.org

India Flamenco | Three dancers and a traditional vocalist/musician make up this act. India Flamenco tells the story of gypsies who travel and share their knowledge and it is by means of this story that the fusion of dance styles comes about. 1 – 24 August | Alba Flamenca

Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks  | An insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance from the contemplative chant of Buddhist texts to the majestic brocade-costumed masked dances. Musical instruments from the tantric tradition are used: the conch-shell trumpet, horns made from human leg bones, and skull-drums; the powerful sound of the dungchen or long horns is accompanied by cymbals, bells and drums. 18 – 23 August | Quaker Meeting House Theatre

The Bridge  | A new play blending text, sound and visual design, framed by a remarkable story, traced back through a family’s memories from present-day to a young writer and scholar in pre-independence Kerala, India. Defying convention and poverty to realise his dreams, the fortunes of the generations that followed are shaped. 1 – 25 August | Venue 127

Different is Dangerous | Two’s Company’s Different is Dangerous gives an insight into the lives of the Asian community in Leeds: from unprovoked attacks, hijabs and segregation to Coronation Street, boyfriends and Tupac. 19 – 23 August | Venue 260

Singarevva and the Palace | Set in a village in North Karnataka, Singarevva and the Palace is the tale of a beautiful woman whose life is repeatedly commodified and manipulated by her greedy father, an impotent husband and an obsessive lover. A lifetime of disappointments and frustrations makes Singarevva a bitter woman who finds her own way to exact revenge on her abusers. Performed by Taruna Jamalamadaka of Theatre Nisha. 12 – 17 August | Sweet Grassmarket

Unsung | Playwright and activist Ayndrilla Singharay’s modern re-imagining of Punishment, a short story about love, family and sacrifice by Rabindranath Tagore: a perspective on honour-based violence. 30 July – 25 August | Venue 145 | www.redmaneproductions.co.uk


Flowers from the Desert  | Textiles from Western India. A magnificent exhibition selling printed and embroidered textiles from Western India. From the seventeenth century, Indian textiles have greatly influenced British fashion and design. This exhibition presents the beauty of floral decoration in traditional and modern textiles. Wall hangings, throws, etc. 1 – 26 August | Galerie Mirages

India Street | Newly-commissioned textile designs from Scotland and India provide a critical response to The Bombay Sample Book in the National Museum of Scotland’s archive. 1 – 31 August | Gayfield


Carnatic Nomad | Jyotsna Srikanth presents Carnatic Nomad, a traditional South Indian offering with classical, folk and contemporary South Indian compositions along with specially-commissioned new work. The concert will be preceded by a short talk on how to appreciate Carnatic music. 11 – 16 August | theSpace on the Mile

Nordic Raga  | Nordic Raga was formed because Swedish folk musicians Pär Moberg (saxophone and flute) and Dan Svensson (percussion and vocals) wanted inspiration for how to work with improvisation in Scandinavian folk music, where this is traditionally rare. They invited the leading lady of Indian Carnatic violin, Jyotsna Srikanth, to work with them. 11 – 16 August | Acoustic Music Centre @St Bride’s

Edinburgh Fringe Festival | 1st – 24th August 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014
An Evening of Kathak Dance

An evening of kathak dance with Saswati Sen

Upcoming artist – Deepika Kathrani (senior disciple of Abhay Shankar Mishra).

Saturday 2nd August 2014 | 6.30 pm | £10 / £7.50 | Bhavan Centre


Saturday, August 2, 2014
Saswati Sen
Treasures of Mughal India: Jade and Jewels

Free Gallery talk by Diana Driscoll

Saturday 2nd August 2014 | 13.15 | Gallery 34 | British Museum

Saturday, August 2, 2014
An evening of bharatnatyam dance

An evening of bharatanatyam dance with Priya Jayaraman.

Upcoming artist – Priya Hema (disciple of Prakash Yadagudde)

Sunday 3rd August | 6 pm | £10 / £7.50 | Bhavan Centre

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Priya Jayaraman
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band

Hailing from Rajasthan, this group of musicians presents a wide-ranging programme of Indian music. Elaborate rhythms and virtuoso improvisations take you on a journey through India, accompanied by a dancer in authentic costume and a sabre-swallowing, juggling fakir.

From traditional Indian ragas to popular Bollywood hits, the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band bring the spirit of India to Friday tonic.

Friday 8th August 2014 | Free | The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall 

Friday, August 8, 2014
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band
Bhavan Summer School

Bhavan Centre's three-week Summer School of Indian Music and Dance.

From Saturday 9th August 2014 | Bhavan Centre

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

A young man is inspired to create a play about Ganesh, the Hindu god of overcoming obstacles. In his story, the elephant-headed god travels through Nazi Germany to reclaim the swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. But as the play unfolds the actors themselves begin to feel the weighty responsibility of storytellers, and the director must find the strength to overcome the difficulties in his own life, and defend his play and his collaborators against an overbearing colleague.

Back to Back Theatre creates new forms of contemporary theatre from the perspectives of a unique ensemble of actors, giving voice to social and political issues that speak to everyone.

Please note this performance contains strong language and adult themes that might not be suitable for children.

Saturday 9th to Tuesday 12th August 2014 | Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Back to Back Theatre

New classical Indian dance meets abstract sculpture in Erhebung – a collaboration between ATMA Dance’s Artistic Director Mayuri Boonham and Sculptor Jeff Lowe.

Erhebung is a dance-sonic-sculpture installation with two dancers. Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s Burnt Norton, the work is devised in collaboration with a team of international artists that include the American Sound Artist Bill Fontana and Costume Designer Moritz Junge from Germany.

Co-commission by GemArts and Pavilion Dance South West, supported by Arts Council England.

Thursday 14th August 2014| 1pm, 3pm & 5pm | Free| mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough

Thursday, August 14, 2014
ATMA Dance
Summer Intensives: Kathak

This course taught by Amina Khayyam will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of kathak dance including elements of storytelling and music.

Focusing on both the technical and the expressional narrative aspect of kathak, sessions will provide an introduction to simple rhythm cycles, basic footwork patterns and an introduction into the history and background of the dance form. Sessions will help improve posture, develop co-ordination and enhance graceful movement.

Amina Khayyam, performer, choreographer & teacher is a British-based kathak dance artist, born in Bangladesh.

She is currently developing a new project Amad to be toured in 2015 and reworking A Thousand Faces to première in November 2014.

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd August 2014 | 4 - 5.30pm  | £65 | The Place  

Monday, August 18, 2014
Amina Khayyam