We’re SO excited to be hosting #CUTTHEBAKWAAS presented by The Performance Lab.
IN A NUTSHELL
An ode to being unapologetically Brown and British. Join us to converse in an evening of melanated music, performances, and good vibes to decolonise and unify the masses.
Cut the Bakwaas is an evening fuelled with art, performances and discussion, exploring the social, political and cultural narratives that articulate what it means to be British Asian in 2018. We invite artists from the South Asian diaspora to showcase their work across all disciplines, to celebrate and champion our communities, and to tell our stories in our own tongues.
The timing of Cut The Bakwaas takes advantage of a convergence of significant cultural moments for British Asians. Riz Ahmed represented the diaspora when he became the first Asian man to win an acting Emmy in 2017, Jameela Jamil is making waves in ‘The Good Place’, and January 2018 saw the 20th anniversary of Goodness Gracious Me first airing on the BBC. The show is a cultural milestone for the South Asian community, showing Britain that their Asian neighbours are capable of being funny, intelligent, dynamic, vulgar, awkward, witty, self-deprecating and ultimately, human.
Cut The Bakwaas considers the legacy of the show where we first got to see our own diverse experiences reflected on screen, and proposes a blueprint for a path forward, creating an arena for the South Asian diaspora to thrive in the British cultural space.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The evening will involve performance, visual arts and a panel discussion, showcasing a colourful spectrum of the British Asian experience.
ZERO PREJUDICE POLICY.
We represent a unified space, free from any judgement. All individuals welcome regardless of class, gender representation, or ability.
The Performance Lab is a collective of ambitious creatives with a mission. Co-founded by Divya Satwani and Vikesh Godhwani, it is a platform to develop our craft, connect with likeminded artists and make a change in the industry by diversifying the playing field. Each of us connected because we all had a similar vision- we believe that art is powerful. It can transform spaces, allow us to escape into another world, make people think, heal, empathise and best of all - understand each other regardless of their class, race, gender orientation or ability. We create space for emerging artists to develop and share their work through producing immersive, experimental multidisciplinary events and workshops across London. We are particularly passionate about encouraging work from marginilised communities, particularly WOC, the LGBTQ community, and those with disabilities.