Friday 4 May – Sunday 6 May
Watford Palace Theatre, WD17 1JZ

Fri 4 May
Play: Southall Park
A rehearsed performance of new play about two brothers in Southall by Rifco Associate Amarjit Bassan.

Comedy: Pinky & Preetho’s Comedy Night
The fabulous Masala Queens – Pinky and Preetho host a night of stand-up comedy with a brilliant line-up of British Asian comedians.

Sat 5 May
11am & 1.30pm
Children’s: Bhangra Tots
Fun dance sessions for children aged 2 – 6 with Aashiyana Arts.

Family: Crafts with The Make Escape
Get creative with The Make Escape and their Bollywood inspired craft workshop.

Spoken Word: with Apples and Snakes
An evening full of creativity with acclaimed and emerging British Asian poets.

4.30pm & 8pm
Play: Pyar Actually
After its sold-out run last year, Sukh Ojla’s hit comedy drama about love and missed opportunities returns to Watford.

Sun 6 May
Literary: Short Stories with The Asian Writer
Short story readings from past finalists of The Asian Writer prize.

12pm & 1.15pm
Food: Afternoon Tea with Desi Tea
A unique afternoon tea experience with a delicious spread from Desi Tea.

Film: English Vinglish
A screening of the film English Vinglish in honour of Bollywood actress Sridevi.

Every Day
Exhibition: MrASingh
Exhibition: Dotty Art

South Asian food from Gupta’s Bombay Street Food and light snacks and drinks will be available to purchase at the Watford Palace Theatre Café/Bar.




Wednesday 11 April
Rich Mix, London, E1 6LA

Cut the Bakwaas is an unapologetic coming together and celebration of our diverse, colourful and extraordinary lives that have often been misheard or misunderstood in wider British culture. We will explore our stories through multidisciplinary artworks, performances and a panel discussion from a line- up of inspirational British Asian creatives, articulating what it really means to be British Asian in 2018.

Check out the full line up of DJs, visual artists, poets, performers and speakers at the link below.

£8.00 standard £6.50 concessions
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Saturday 7 April
University of Warwick, CV4 7AL

I will be working with the 2018 cohort to help prepare them for their six-week internship focusing on self-development through the service of underprivileged communities.

They will be documenting their experiences through blog posts and journals, so we will be exploring various creative thinking activities, group discussions and solo speed writing exercises, through six-word stories, poetry and spoken word.

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Thursday 29 March
Nehru Centre London, cultural wing of the High Commission of India, W1K 1HF

Brahm is a Sanskrit word, it does not connote gender. In Hindu spiritual scripture the word is used to describe ‘absolute truth’ or ‘supreme energy’. ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ means ‘I am that absolute truth’, which means ‘I am the part and parcel of that energy.’

Panellists include:
Srimati Alaka Inamdar, joint general secretary of Rastra Sevika Samiti
Dr Vidula Ambekar, Saha Karyawahika, Hindu Sevika Samiti
Judge Sujata Sharma

The event promises to be an invigorating and thought-provoking evening in honour of women’s contributions globally



Sunday 25 March
DIY Space for London, SE15 1TF

It’s all about desirability!

14.00-15.00: All-female/non-binary cabaret by the Cocoa Butter Club
15.00-16.00: Sexy Poetry Hour, featuring phina, BananaSharma, Ankita and others
16.00-17.00: Boldieaintaboy, a performance engaging in notions of visibility and desire

14.00-16.00: Queer life drawing courtesy of Queerdirect
16.00-17.00: Feminism and desirability reflection circle

14.00-17.00: Art, ceramic and textile exhibition
14.00-17.00: Zine corner

14.00-17.00: Desirability reel

TICKETS: £6 concession, £10 standard

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(414) 507-8385

Saturday 3 March
YES Shop, Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough

Ever wanted to pay tribute to someone special, but not known how to pen your thoughts?

This is the workshop for you – whether it’s your mother, your girlfriend, your pet giraffe, Gerard – we’ll be running through various creative writing exercises to hone in on your memories and get your thoughts down on paper.

If you manage to get into a state of flow and produce a masterpiece in our 2 hours together, jump up on the open mic and showcase your tribute to our regular Empoword audience.

Later, we’ll have some special feature artists from London launching their first song together: (310) 341-2836 – BananaSharma ft. James Chelliah, iO & Léa.

Listen to the song ahead of Saturday’s event here




Saturday 20 January
YES Shop, Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough

A session for all, virgins and veterans
Whether you’re new to spoken word or an ol’ timer on the stage, this session aims to provide a safe, nurturing space to explore new ways of writing and share ideas

Come along for a relaxed afternoon of abstract activities, group tasks, solo speed writing and getting the hang of holding a microphone

Register your interest here