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Time Tunnel Journey,

| December 29th, 2009 | No Comments »

Just had an amazing meeting at the Royal Festival Hall with the person in charge of the exhibition space (called The Spirit Level).

The Southall Story will have an exhibition there for a month commencing 6th April 2010 – come to the launch party that evening! (More details to follow soon under News & Events).

Our proposal is to create a ‘time tunnel journey’ – we wish visitors to be able to walk through and experience the Southall decades starting 1950 to the present. As you walk through a series of living rooms, you will notice how fashion, communications and living styles have changed over the past 70 years.

Archive photographs showing famous landmarks and various other images will be on display, and you will even be able to record your own story in a recording booth! During the launch weekend (6-11 April) various guest stars and artists will perform impromptu sets..we hope to have Mohinder Kaur Bhamra (female bhangra pioneer), Premi & Heera alongside other well known celebrities including Gurinder Chadha…very exciting!!

Kuljit Bhamra

Music and Life at British Library

| June 4th, 2009 | No Comments »

At the British Library, The Southall Story brings to the public an event entitled ‘Music and Life’ between 6.30 and 9.00

The London community of Southall has made a phenomenal but under acknowledged contribution to UK music, arts and politics. By the mid 1970s its record shops became not only source of a fabulous range of South Asian music but also key social gathering places. The riots of 1979 released a new freedom and confidence among young Brit Asians and encouraged the flowering of Bhangra: a musical fusion that spread from the corner shops to massive international popularity. A screening of For the Record: the social life of Indian vinyl in Southall (Dir, Kuldip Powar 2008) is followed by an insightful and inspiring celebrity discussion chaired by composer/producer Kuljit Bhamra, exploring the story of Southall through its remarkable musical history. Plus a foyer exhibition of photographs, Indian musical instruments and bookstalls.

Wed 17th June 2009 6.30pm and 9.00pm

Conference Centre, The British Library
96 Euston Road, London NW1

£6 / £4 concessions
Tickets available at:

Online Box Office http://boxoffice.bl.uk

By Telephone 01937 546546 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

In person from The British Library Information Desk

Welcome to The Southall Story Blog!

| April 21st, 2009 | No Comments »

This is your page to contribute to The Southall Story. Join us to celebrate the achievements of this unique town. This special place has welcome new communities and new ideas from food, music, literature, fine art, theatre and film.

Please feel free to contribute to the Blog and look out for postings of events and festivals that The Southall Story project is bringing to the public this year alone!

Our events so far include the launch of the project on 24th April at the Dominion Centre. Attendance is with invitation only.

Wednesday 17 June at the British Library, The Southall Story brings to the public an event entitled ‘Music and Life’ between 6.30 and 9.00

The London community of Southall has made a phenomenal but under acknowledged contribution to UK music, arts and politics. By the mid 1970s its record shops became not only source of a fabulous range of South Asian music but also key social gathering places. The riots of 1979 released a new freedom and confidence among young Brit Asians and encouraged the flowering of Bhangra: a musical fusion that spread from the corner shops to massive international popularity. A screening of For the Record: the social life of Indian vinyl in Southall (Dir, Kuldip Powar 2008) is followed by an insightful and inspiring celebrity discussion chaired by composer/producer Kuljit Bhamra, exploring the story of Southall through its remarkable musical history. Plus a foyer exhibition of photographs, Indian musical instruments and bookstalls.

In November 2009, The Southall Story has been invited by the South Bank Centre to work with them to create a three day mini festival that includes music, comedy and poetry. We will announce more details as the details become clearer.

The Southall Story looks forward to an active dialogue with you! To comment just starting typing below….

If you would like to actively contribute regular blogs here get in touch with us.


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