boti’s pick of the week: calcutta

The Fringe and the Festival may be over, but there are still heaps of exciting things going on in the city. Each week, we’ll be bringing you our top pick of the week.

Sanctuary on Sea‘s Crossing Borders Festival kicks off in Brighton & Hove this month. Celebrating 20 years of Refugee Week, which runs from today until 24th June, the music and arts festival celebrates refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants through their music and art, past and present.

This week, we’re bringing you a slice of a fascinating period of history with some incredible 200-year-old British-Indian crossover music:

Calcutta by Ensemble Tempus Fugit

Originally created for the Brighton Early Music Festival, this theatrical performance tells the story of a traveller making his way to colonial Calcutta through the intriguing combination of English period music and classical Indian song and puppetry.

The repertoire includes music from British composers Dowland, Purcell and Locke as well as music for sitar and voice and 1780s transcriptions of Hindustani and Bengali songs made by the wives of East India Company (the English company formed to trade with the East Indies and that came to rule over parts of India) officers.

You can see the festival’s other events on Facebook. Building up to the grand finale Together event at Brighton Dome on Saturday, they’re all well worth a look.

Your ticket purchase will also be helping to fund the events, with anything left over going to the work of Sanctuary on Sea, the organisation that engages all communities in promoting the inclusion, welfare and safety of everyone who comes from abroad, is vulnerable and needs sanctuary in the city, with a particular focus on refugees and asylum seekers. You can read more about this and other fundraising projects here.

Thursday 21st June, 7.30pm – 8.45pm; £18
St Mary’s Church, 61 St James Street, Brighton BN2 1PR
Crossing Borders Festival