Looking for something to do this month? How about a free music festival in a museum…
RhythmXchange Festival at Manchester Museum on 17 and 18 March will premiere musical collaborations including J.A.V.A, Jay’s Jam with Johnny Jay and guitar legend Aziz Ibrahim, as well as headliners Gracie T and Chande. The aim of the two-day event is to explore rhythm as a shared language between East and West, celebrate youth voices and showcase emerging and renown artists.
Visit the museum after hours on Friday 17 March and experience the UK premiere performance from J.A.V.A and celebrated DJs Chande and Gracie T.
Saturday 18 March is a family friendly day where you can make music memorabilia like paper flutes and playdough dhols, learn the traditional dance techniques of Kathak with Guru Kajal Sharma, go on a tour of the new South Asia Gallery, learn mixing with Daytimers DJ Vindya, or enjoy spoken word poetry and R&B performances. In the evening, join an experimental jam session with Johnny J and guitar legend Aziz Ibrahim, known for his work with the Stone Roses, Simply Red and more. J.A.V.A will close the event with a finale performance.
RhythmXChange is a year-long collaborative project conceived by Manchester Museum and the Indian Music Experience and it is funded by the British Council’s India/UK Together Season of Culture and Our Shared Culture Heritage programmes. The idea of rhythm as a language can be dated back to antiquity and this project seeks to understand how music traditions interact across borders.
Find out more and book free tickets: Rhythm Xchange – Manchester Museum