I welcome you to the 8th annual Darbar Festival back at Southbank Centre after last year’s sell out success.
For regular festival goers we’ve got a great line up which won’t disappoint and for those who’ve never been before, come along and discover the finest Indian classical music festival in the world! Sounds like a grand statement - but what makes our festival so special? We’re the only festival that bring together India’s two traditions - Hindustani (north Indian) and Carnatic (south Indian).
“The Darbar organisers do all the legwork and do the research, hand pick the musicians and put them on our doorstep – it really doesn’t get better than that” BBC Radio 3
So, come and enjoy free family foyer events; mingle with musicians at CD signing sessions; treat yourselves with a purchase from the Darbar Bazaar, a specially selected range of stunning Indian scarves, jewelry, saris and miniature paintings. New this year is my Artistic Director’s Selection of CDs that will only be sold during the Festival.
“What I love about Darbar is you feel you are getting the best and experiencing it with cognoscenti. There’s something magical going on that you might never understand, but is a treat to be part of. It is relaxed and never intimidating” Simon Broughton, Songlines
For those of you wanting to experience how concerts would have been originally presented in darbars (royal courts), come along to our new Darbar Unplugged concerts. Hungry to learn more about this fascinating genre? Then sign up to our Indian Classical Music Appreciation Course.
To complete your enjoyment, don’t miss out on the Roti Chai Street Kitchen ‘pop-up’ restaurant that brings you an inspired menu created just for the Darbar Festival. And don’t forget if you want a break from it all, take a deep breath, stretch your limbs and relax your mind with our Yogabliss sessions.
Come and join us for an experience of a lifetime.
Sandeep Virdee, Artistic Director
Latecomers will not be allowed into the concert until a suitable time during the performance. This could be at the end of the alaap, jor, jhalla or simply an appropriate time during the concert.
The Darbar Festival Pass costs £135 and gives you access to all the Darbar events in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, plus three ‘in conversation’ events. The Pass is the cheapest way to enjoy all these Darbar events.
There is only a limited number of Festival Passes available. You cannot book them online - please call 0844 847 9910 between 9am and 8pm daily to book.
Please note, the only events that are not included in the Festival Pass are Darbar Unplugged, the Yoga sessions and the Classical Music Course. These events require separate tickets.
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