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Taking you from the bohemian streets of Shoreditch to Kings Cross’ finest contemporary cultural institutions, the London International Arts Festival (LIAF) is a pan-London celebration of the capital’s most exciting music and culture.

Exploring and optimising the trend of digital medium LIAF goes completely digital for its 2020-21 edition. The LIAF 2020-21 DIGITAL CAMP features an eclectic line-up of performing artists and industry professionals in a series of virtual events such as talk sessions, speaker sessions, live performances and workshops.


Curated by the Indian violinist Dr Jyotsna Srikanth, celebrates the many colourful cultures of the global music scene and its line-up spotlights the best up-and-coming world music bands alongside masters of the South Indian classical world. 

LIAF is hosted by Dhruv Arts, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation that provides music education and workshops for all ages along with performances of South Asian, Carnatic and world art forms.

The first LIAF took place in 2012 and has since featured artists from across the globe; India, Mexico, Serbia, Turkey and North America to name a few. Alongside world-class concerts, LIAF offers hands-on masterclasses providing a crucial platform for cross-cultural and multi-generational artistic interaction.

Festival founder, curator and violin virtuoso Dr Jyotsna Srikanth explains,

"What started as a desire to showcase the best of South Indian Carnatic music has expanded into a far richer tapestry of music and arts originating from different continents"

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Peny Papakonstantinou presents Greek folk at the London International Arts Festival 2013
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Peny Papakonstantinou presents Greek folk at the London International Arts Festival 2013

Peny Papakonstantinou presents Greek folk at the London International Arts Festival 2013 produced by Dhruv Arts. A unique music show with Greek flavor, where different timbres mix together. Traditional greek songs and rebetika presented with completely fresh point of view, where the electric sound coexists with traditional forms. Peny was born and raised in Athens. From an early age she started taking classical guitar music theory lessons whilst attending classical song and mandolin lessons. Her first contact with Greek traditional music came at the age of 19 through K.A.L.M.E (Centre for Aegean Folklore and Musicological Research) where she was a member of the Aegean choir under the artistic direction of Theofanis Soulakelis. She collaborated with leading musicians of Greek traditional music in different music productions where she met her teachers, Irini Derebei (traditional song) and Karolos Kouklakis (Constantinople lute). She had the great opportunity to participate in the project "Medimuses" organized by the cultural organization "En Hordais" where she attended singing lessons with the great performer from Turkey, Melihat Gulses.She has been a member of the music groups "Alos Apoixoi", "Santourovioli Express" under the direction of the violinist Kyriakos Gouventas and "Semeli Orchestra" under the direction of Andreas Tsekouras. Today she is member of "Smyrna orchestra" where as a musician she is playing Constantinople Lute and flute. She has collaborated with artists of Greek and world music such as Marta Sebestyen,Nikos Xydakis,Manos Pyrovolakis,Manos Achalinotopoulos, Lizeta Kalimeri, Maria Soultatou, Kaiti Koullia, Zacharias Karounis and Kostas Mantzios. She has also participated as a performer at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 with Domna Samiou. In 2011, along with folk music she has released her first solo album titled "Feggari stin taratsa" by "Polytropon" record company. In May 2012, she wrote the music and performed the soundtrack titled "Ap' to telos stin arxi" , for the short film "Dissolve", directed by Lampros Georgopoulos. Her second album titled "O notias ton ligon" produced by her was released in November 2012.
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