“I left, not thinking about how much music I had heard, but thinking about how much music I had missed in the concerts I was not able to get to” Seen and Heard International
Darbar Festival 2014
Welcome to the 9th annual Darbar Festival at the Southbank Centre in association with SkyArts. Come and explore the finest Indian classical music festival in the world. If you have never been to an Indian classical concert, then join us and discover a world of enchanting melody and rhythm.
“It’s music that flows through you like an endless range of peaks – a Himalaya of mind and music that suspends all outside distractions, preoccupations and the conventional flow of time” The ArtsDesk
We are the only festival in the World that brings the two classical traditions - Hindustani (north Indian) and Carnatic (south Indian) together right here in London at the Southbank Centre.
So what makes our Festival so special? “The Darbar organisers do all the legwork and do the research, hand pic the musicians and put them on our doorstep – it really doesn’t get better than that” BBC Radio 3
Over the years we have listened to our audiences and ensure that one of the unique features is that we bring many musicians who are simply brilliant but never performed in London. We all love that magical feeling of discovering great new talent.
For those that joined the Darbar family we thank you for all your continued support. Come and enjoy free family foyer events, mingle with and get CD’s autographed by the musicians, browse and spoil yourselves at the Darbar Bazar with selected range of quality Indian scarves, jewelry, saris and miniature paintings. For those who wish to buy music, I have specially selected the best CD’s you can buy during the festival.
After last years sell out concert we extend the Darbar Unplugged concerts and introducing family and children based events. With all this take a break during the festival and stretch yourselves and relax your minds with our Yogabliss sessions.
Whether you are a connoisseur or new to this genre you can sign up to our Indian Classical Music Appreciation course, which will enable you to further understand and enjoy this classical form.
To complete your enjoyment, don’t miss out on the Roti Chai Street Kitchen restaurant situated in the festival village that brings you an inspired menu created just for the Darbar Festival.
Indulge yourself through an experience of a lifetime. Book your tickets now.
Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust
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 £160 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 875 0073 between 9am and 8pm daily to book.
How to Book Tickets
There are no transaction fees when you book in person at the Ticket Office. For online, phone and postal sales, we charge a small fee per transaction to help cover our costs. Become a Member to avoid transaction fees, whichever way you book.
There is no transaction fee to book in person at the Royal Festival Hall Ticket Office, which is open every day, 10am - 8pm. The Hayward Gallery Ticket Office is open every day, 10am - 6pm. Riverside Information Point and Ticket Office open 12-8pm daily.
We provide a real-time secure online booking service.
Online bookings have a reduced transaction fee of £1.75.
There is no transaction fee for Members: please log in to the website before booking.
Ticket Office: 0844 875 0073. Open 9am - 8pm, seven days a week.
Telephone bookings have a transaction fee of £2.75.
There is a call queuing system when lines are busy.
Members never pay a transaction fee and get priority in the telephone queue: please call 0844 875 0072 and quote your Membership number.
Applications can be sent to:
Southbank Centre Ticket Office
Make cheques payable to Southbank Centre leaving the amount blank but indicating an upper limit.
When booking by post, please give your name, address, daytime and evening telephone numbers in case we have a query.
Please do not post credit card details to us.
There is no transaction fee for Members. Members get priority in the telephone queue: please call 0844 875 0072. Online, Members must log in to the website before booking. By phone or by post, please quote your Membership number when booking.