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LONDON INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2023

Welcome to London International Arts Festival 2023. We are presenting the 12th edition of the festival this year in two venues of London. We are developing new partnerships with Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston and Omnom in Islington.

On 3rd December we are presenting a Indo-Jazz concert of ‘Tommy Khosla & Jawari’ at the servant Jazz Quarters.

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We are continuing the festival on11th December at OMNOM and presenting 'Inner Music' an insight into South Indian Carnatic Classical music by Srikanth Sharma.

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Hope to see you all at these events!​

ABOUT

ABOUT

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 went completely digital for its 2020-21 edition. The LIAF 2020-21 DIGITAL CAMP featured 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. From 2022 onwards we are presenting the festival in a hybrid mode. 

We are presenting the festival live in East London and also online to cater to the worldwide audiences we have developed and for the audiences in England who arent able to attend the festival live.

OUR STORY

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"

Contact
+44 7951 337986 | 
info@liaf.co.uk

Antardhwani by Praveen D Rao
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Antardhwani by Praveen D Rao

Antardhwani is a South Asian Classical Contemporary Choir conducted by the genius composer Karnataka Kalashree Praveen D Rao, where eclectic, mind blowing music is presented by this rare South Indian choir. The eleventh edition of the London International Arts Festival (LIAF) is a celebration of the capital’s most exciting music and culture presented in a hybrid manner with seven concerts and two workshops in 3 venues of London & four concerts being streamed online from India. The festival will feature an eclectic line-up of performing artists and industry professionals in a series of live & virtual events. Curated by the South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, LIAF 2022 (www.liaf.co.uk) celebrates the many colourful cultures of the global music scene. 2022 handpicked 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 organization that provides music education and workshops for all ages along with performances of South Asian, Carnatic and world art forms. (www.dhruvarts.org) 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 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’ LIAF 2022 is supported by Arts Council, England.
Carnatic vocal recital by Chandana Bala Kalyan
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Carnatic vocal recital by Chandana Bala Kalyan

Carnatic vocal recital by Chandana Bala Kalyan presenting 'Pentatonic Ragas' accompanied by Dr Jyotsna Srikanth - Violin Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma - Mridangam ASN Swamy - Khanjira The eleventh edition of the London International Arts Festival (LIAF) is a celebration of the capital’s most exciting music and culture presented in a hybrid manner with seven concerts and two workshops in 3 venues of London & four concerts being streamed online from India. The festival will feature an eclectic line-up of performing artists and industry professionals in a series of live & virtual events. Curated by the South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, LIAF 2022 (www.liaf.co.uk) celebrates the many colourful cultures of the global music scene. 2022 handpicked 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 organization that provides music education and workshops for all ages along with performances of South Asian, Carnatic and world art forms. (www.dhruvarts.org) 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 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’ LIAF 2022 is supported by Arts Council, England.
Carnatic vocal recital by Bangalore Brothers Hariharan and Ashok
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Carnatic vocal recital by Bangalore Brothers Hariharan and Ashok

Carnatic vocal recital by Bangalore Brothers Hariharan and Ashok presenting songs on 'The son of wind' accompanied by Mathoor Srinidhi - violin HS Sudhindra - mridangam Srishyla - ghatam The eleventh edition of the London International Arts Festival (LIAF) is a celebration of the capital’s most exciting music and culture presented in a hybrid manner with seven concerts and two workshops in 3 venues of London & four concerts being streamed online from India. The festival will feature an eclectic line-up of performing artists and industry professionals in a series of live & virtual events. Curated by the South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, LIAF 2022 (www.liaf.co.uk) celebrates the many colourful cultures of the global music scene. 2022 handpicked 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 organization that provides music education and workshops for all ages along with performances of South Asian, Carnatic and world art forms. (www.dhruvarts.org) 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 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’ LIAF 2022 is supported by Arts Council, England.
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.
Ozgen, performing Turkish dance at the London International Arts Festival 2012
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Ozgen, performing Turkish dance at the London International Arts Festival 2012

"An international star specializing in Turkish Romany and Oryantal dance...The pure love and passion he brings to his dancing is evident and infectious to anyone who has the pleasure of watching him." (Gilded Serpent) An internationally acclaimed Turkish dancer, teacher, choreographer and director, Ozgen's reputation has taken him to all four corners of the world, generating a growing global fan base. As a student, Ozgen showed great promise performing a traditional folk dancing in his native Cyprus. He moved to Istanbul after graduating from university to progress his dancing career. He joined the cast of the Night of the Sultans (Turkey's 'Riverdance'), where he combined ballet with contemporary and Oriental dance. Along with performing, Ozgen obtained his professional dance teacher qualifications and joined Istanbul's leading dance school, giving lessons to a wide variety of students including famous Turkish singers. His freestyle dance routines and celebrity contacts made him a popular choice for choreographing and performing in music videos for Turkey's top pop stars, which in turn opened the door to him regularly appearing on popular Turkish TV programmes. Having been propelled into the Turkish mainstream, the young Ozgen got itchy feet and felt it was time to try something new. He travelled to Europe and decided to settle in the UK. He wowed audiences with a performance at Planet Egypt, an important London bellydance night for the world's top Oriental dancers. Since then, Ozgen has toured the world teaching and performing Turkish Oriental and Romany (Gypsy) dance.
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