Forming part of Yorkshire Sculpture International’s (YSI) Summer 2021 programme, London-based artist Shezad Dawood will present a major new mixed-reality digital work Concert From Bangladesh, to mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.
Dawood has created a virtual stage for a concert expanding on Ravi Shankar and George Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Bangladesh which was in aid of the relief effort and refugee crisis. The project updates the original concert’s concept, where Shankar and other South Asian performers were relegated to support acts. Instead, Dawood has collaborated with Bangladeshi music producers, musicians and performers to develop Concert From Bangladesh, which will showcase talent across varied Bangladeshi musical traditions, from mystical Baul singing to experimental electronica and Dhaka hip hop.
Concert From Bangladesh is a project by UBIK Productions and Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with Shezad Dawood and in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture International and Chisenhale Gallery. It is supported by the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund, which supports UK and overseas cultural partnerships to develop digitally innovative ways of collaborating.
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