The theme for the inaugural event is ‘identity’ and the one-day festival will host panel talks, masterclasses, live performances and much more, for Asian women to come together, explore and express their views around navigating a dual identity coupled with cultural expectations in 21st century Britain.An art exhibition curated especially for the festival, ‘Musings of Identity’, will display the work of up to 30 different artists, highlight significant topics surrounding female identity and explore the various perceptions that may well be outdated amongst Asian communities in modern Britain.
Festival founder and director, Shani Dhanda said, “Being of Asian origin and living in the UK means not only are we a more socially conservative community due to our traditional and cultural beliefs, but we are constantly bridging two cultures. Until now, there hasn’t been an opportunity to talk about how living in contradiction becomes second nature.”
These are still massive taboo issues in our community and the Asian Woman Festival will be a safe space to tackle these subjects, giving attendees the skills to confidently navigate their way through society whilst celebrating the ever-vibrant culture and traditions of being Asian.
Tickets are £10 for the entire day.The festival is sponsored by The Asian Business Chamber of Commerce and Mr Singh’s.• Shani Dhanda is the Founder of the Diversability Card, Asian Woman Festival & Asian Disability Network.
• Festival partners are British Bindi and Like Minded Females