The British Council Cultural Centre has arranged multiple collaborative events recently. Through the multi-dimensional use of our office premises, these events engaged a different group of audiences and a variety of artists.
Launching ceremony of 'Nijer Ekti Kaamra'
One of the events was the launching ceremony of 'Nijer Ekti Kaamra' by prominent writer Alam Khorshed, which is the translation of famous English writer Virginia Woolf's most proclaimed writing 'A Room of One's Own'. The ceremony also included an open talk with the author Alam Khorshed himself.
Graffiti inauguration at the British Council patio
To add a little spur to the beautiful premises of the British Council Dhaka office and to showcase a bridge between the cultures and natures of the UK and Bangladesh, we commissioned a full-wall graffiti painted on our patio. The theme of the graffiti, 'Rivers of the World' has been hand-painted by a famous Bangladeshi cartoon artist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy and his talented team. The inauguration ceremony of this beautiful creation was designed with caricature session by Cartoon People and interactive art policing session by Tanmoy.
Macbeth performance at the British Council
In commemoration with the World Book Day 2019, the Cultural Centre staged Macbeth in partnership with Padatik Nattya Sangsad at the British Council Library premises. The play was directed by Sudip Chakrobrothy and was performed in front of hundreds of audiences.
Performance of the UK Military Band
The flow of events also included a live performance by The Nottinghamshire band of the Royal Engineers at the British Council premises. This reserve band made up of 32 musicians was invited in 2017 to perform in Bangladesh for the first time. This year, the band played a number of popular tunes, with the dominated use of brass and drums, which kept the audiences mesmerised throughout the show. They used a variety of brass and woodwind instruments, including the French horn, Soprano Saxophone, Trombone, Percussion, and Baritone Saxophone.
Exhibition on 'Disappearing Roots'
In commemoration with the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the British Council arranged a solo exhibition titled 'Disappearing Roots' by Samsul Alam Helal at the British Council Bangladesh Fuller Road premises. The exhibition focused on the displacement in the hill tracts of Bangladesh and featured the remaining traces of the ancient ways of life and highlights the violence of gentrification. Through sound, photographs, 3D models and video series, the exhibition featured the remaining traces of the ancient ways of life, highlighting the violence experienced by a displaced people.
The British Council Cultural Centre regularly organises events and exhibitions to create a space for cultural share and a platform to start conversations among people.