London International Arts Festival – 2019 Season Announced!

Taking you from the bohemian streets of Shoreditch to Kings Cross’ finest contemporary cultural institutions, the eighth edition of the London International Arts Festival (LIAF) is a pan-London celebration of the capital’s most exciting music and culture. Running for three nights across three different venues, LIAF is a must for anyone wanting to know what London truly sounds like right now.

Curated by the Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, LIAF celebrates the many colourful cultures of London’s historic East End in some of its landmark venues. 2019’s handpicked line-up spotlights the best up-and-coming world music bands alongside masters of the South Indian classical world.

LIAF is host 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 Jyotsna Srikanth explains; ‘What started as a desire to showcase the very best of South Indian Carnatic music has expanded into a far richer tapestry of music and arts originating from different continents’


Wednesday 27 November 2019: Sands Films, Rotherhithe  / 7.30PM

GABRIELA KOZYRA (Brazilian Trio)


“A love note from a singer to Brazil” (Songlines). Originally from a Polish family of musicians of mainly vocal traditions, Gabriela Kozyra has a beautiful new album, recorded in Rio de Janeiro, where she immersed herself in the rich world of music-makers, some of whom, including the extraordinary guitarist and composer Guinga, contributed to this latest project. She invites us to discover Noites Brasileiras, her exquisite collection of unpublished Samba, Valsa, Choro and Marcha Rancho treasures from the new Brazilian songbook. “A Brazilian trip of the highest quality” to quote renowned Brazilian singer Monica Salmaso.

Sands Films: 82, St Marychurch St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4HZ

Tickets £14/£8 Box office: 07595 154601


Thursday 28 November 2019: King’s Place, Kings Cross / 8PM / HALL TWO



Shashikiran and Ganesh, popularly known as Carnatic Brothers, stormed the South Indian Carnatic music world at the age of two as child prodigies and have since emerged as front-ranking musicians. They are world record holders by performing a marathon 24-hour concert—without a break! The concert was dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the various natural calamities and terrorist strikes and to mark World Peace Day.

The duo is very successful as performers, mentors and scholars in music. With over 4500 concert performances to their credit across India,US, UK, Australia, they are one of the most famous and sought- after carnatic singers across the World. Shashikiran is instrumental in rolling out a music learning app Musiguru and a 24 hour online carnatic music radio.

Kings Place: 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

Online Rates £18.50 / Savers £9.50 • Box Office 020 7520 1490


Saturday 30 November 2019: Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford (Entry free)

An exciting Indian Classical music feast from eminent artists of the South & North Indian traditions is presented continuously for 8 hours.

Full line up:  Dhruv Ensemble, traditional South Indian Bharatanatyam dance by Jaisri & Anusri  Carnatic vocal music by the budding stars Aditi, Ajit & Sruti followed by a South Indian Carnatic lec/dem concert by Carnatica Brothers and a North Indian classical vocal concert by Prabhat Rao.