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Camden Kala Programme
This year Camden’s annual arts programme will celebrate the UK/India year of culture. Our festival Camden Kalā shines a spotlight on India’s vibrant heritage both within Camden and beyond. 

Our programme will explore dance, music, film, academic text and the visual arts. Family workshops, walking tours, artists film screenings, yoga and food will all be featured. Local partners include: The Place, Roundhouse, Central St Martins, Akademi, Quiet Down There and others, International partners include Tarq Gallery (Mumbai), Chatterjee and Lal (Mumbai).

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Artist in Residence: Vishwa Shroff
As part of her residency at Swiss Cottage Gallery for Camden Kala, artist Vishwa Shroff will be doing research and developing new work inspired by Camden’s many floors, all built between 1757 and 1947. She will be working at Swiss Cottage Gallery daily, culminating in an exhibition of her work. Walk-ins welcome.
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Camden Kala: Project Paisley
To celebrate the rich cultural exchange between India and the UK, we are launching Project Paisley as part of Camden Kalã and inviting communities and visitors of all ages to take part in designing a unique Paisley pattern for Camden.

Find out more and get involved!
2Faced Dance Company Outlands
2Faced Dance Company Outlands at The Place
OUTLANDS is a vivacious and gripping evening of contemporary dance that showcases and celebrates three female choreographers commissioned as part of 2Faced Dance Company’s The BENCH INDIA and UK programme.
This unique one-off programme of work features Hemabharathy Palani, Roonita Mookerji from India and Emma Jayne Park from the UK.
These extraordinary female choreographers present an intimate evening of work to mark the deep cultural ties between India and the UK as part of UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
This burning land belongs to you
Camden Kalā and TARQ are proud to present “This Burning Land Belongs to You.” This exhibition shows the works of artists Ronny Sen, Rithika Merchant and Soghra Khurasani. Each artist makes work about the India of today, highlighting and examining its contemporary moment. Through printmaking, photography and painting each artist reflects on the land, on how domestic and international conflicts complicate our relationship with the ground on which we live.
We’ve always loved sharing the magic of Diwali with our friends and families. It’s such a special time when loved ones come together to celebrate the triumph of light over dark. This year, together with the lovely folks at the rather spectacular Camden Centre we’re celebrating Diwali again and we’d love you to join us. It’s going to be brilliant – seriously, we’re ever-so-excited! Click here for tickets and more information.
Makeright Making Bags to Make Good
Makeright: Making Bags To Make Good
In partnership with Camden Kalā amongst others, a collection of anti-theft bags designed by prisoners from HMP Thameside (London) and Sabarmati Central Jail (Ahmedabad, India) is being exhibited at Central Saint Martins Window Galleries between 22nd September – 31st October. Read more here...
Watermelon, Fish and Half Ghosts artists films from India
Watermelon Fish and Half Ghost
Watermelon Fish and Half Ghost - A screening of films by contemporary artists based in India, curated by Chinmoyi Patel. Presented at Swiss Cottage Gallery from 11-16 September 2017
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Community Fun Days
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Drummond Street Community Festival
We are delighted to present a family day of fun for all led by the community on Drummond Street. Famous for its curries, spice and sweet shops the day will showcase some of the best cuisine from India, the UK and beyond….
Mind, body, buildings - exploring space through Yoga
This collaborative film ‘An exploration of yoga asanas in iconic architectural and public spaces across Camden' brings together a number of Yoga Asana’s that encourage moments of stillness and reflection within an urban context. Created by artist and designer Laurie Nouchka and film makers James and James, featuring yoga instructor Kathryn Fielding.
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The Place - Projects for UK/India 2017
An overview of the projects and performances offered at The Place, in celebration of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
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Discovering India in Bloomsbury: Kala Walks
Come and discover the people and places which reflect the presence of India in the heart of early 20th century Bloomsbury with this specially curated walk by Camden Tour Guides Association as a part of Camden Kalā.

These walks celebrate the rich cultural exchange between India and the UK.
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Chinmoyi Patel Artist's Films
Camden Kala is delighted to present a selection of films by the artist Chinmoyi Patel with accompanying text by the writer Niru Ratnam. Chinmoyi's work explores ideas of identity, history, memory and place and resonates with the ever changing urban landscapes and cities across both India and the UK.
Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor
Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor
On 31 May, Dr Srinivasan presents a performative lecture from her interdisciplinary book Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor with singer Uthra Vijay. She uses performance as research to think through Indian dancers as transnational migrant workers and wage earners, who negotiate citizenship and gender issues through performative acts. Sign up for this event here!
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Pidginy Linguish: Camden, Culture, Translation
For Camden Kalā, Love Camden has invited curators, artists and thinkers to respond to the iconic academic text ‘Pidginy Linguish’ by Sarat Maharaj.
Exploring the Camden roots of the painter Lancelot Ribeiro
A new National Lottery Funded exhibition at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre explores the legacy of the prolific Camden-based Indian painter Lancelot Ribeiro (1933-2010) - my father.

This exhibition is part of the Retracing Ribeiro project and Camden’s 2017 India arts programme.
'Divided' performance by Camden People's Theatre and Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre
Three women, one voice. A solo performance inspired by real life case studies of domestic violence, Divided merges three South Asian female perspectives of westernised integration and eastern traditions.
Bombay artist Lancelot Ribeiro: Highlights from the Camden Art Collection
The prolific Hampstead painter Lancelot Ribeiro was one of the most original of the Indian artists who settled in Britain in the post-war period. An exhibition of his life and work is on display at Burgh House as part of the year-long ‘Retracing Ribeiro’ programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and being celebrated as part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture. Find out more about Riberio and his works in the Camden Art Collection...
India and beyond ... related events
Discover related events happening across the Borough of Camden
Material Men
Interview with Shobana Jeyasingh
Interview with Shobana Jeyasingh to accompany her forthcoming show Material Men Redux at The Place from 28-29 April 2017.