Freedom Week 2016

Rich Mix celebrates 45th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence

Posted: 02.03.16

Rich Mix, East London’s independent arts venue, celebrates the 45th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence this March through to April with some of the most exciting, cutting edge and thought-provoking contemporary artists working in the UK, Bangladesh and beyond. Building on the enormous success of last years’ festival, Rich Mix sets out to entertain and delight audiences as well as encourage topical debate and discussion. Here are some of the festival's highlights:


Freedom Week 2016 will include live music from popular group Oitij-Jo- a powerful female British group of singers including Sara Saeed, Gouri Chowdhury and Sohini Alam of Khiyo. Renowned artists Lucy Rahman will join Amina Khayyam in an event dedicated to the famous poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and powerful vocalist Bishi will present A Vocal Odyssey as part of the celebrations. The traditional musical movements of Baul and Vaishnavism will be enjoyed in full at the Bengali Baul and Vaishnav Music Festival and the Satyen Sen School of Performing Arts will present a tribute to the legendary Indian composer Salil Chowdhury.


Poignant theatre show Goodnight Ma produced by Leeza Gazi who also stars in the show will explore the relationship between two Bengali women- a mother and a daughter who are forced to face their own insecurities when a fatal truth is revealed.

Poet in the City will celebrate the best in contemporary British Bangladeshi poetry and based on the lives of real people in Bangladesh, MADE produced by Target Theatre Company will explore the parallels between the east and the west, and how our need for cheap clothing affects millions of people on the other side of the world.


Life In A Tea Garden by Shimu Rahman

Looking at the theme of garment factory workers, photo-exhibition ‘Unfurling Bangladesh: The Picture Through Her Eyes’ by social enterprise Lensational will showcase elements of the reality seen through the eyes of the surfer girls of Cox’s Bazaar and garment factory workers in Dhaka, images captured through a series of participatory photography projects. With 156 tea gardens in Bangladesh and around 200,000 people living and working on them-mainly women-the tea gardens play a vital part of Bangladesh’s economy and culture.Photographer Shimu Rahman gives us an insight into one of his long term photography projects: Life in Tea Garden in Bangladesh.

All events take place at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA. Tickets available from Follow the conversation on twitter @richmixlondon #FreedomWeek. Tickets available from or 020 7613 7498

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