April will see the return of popular series ‘Music for the Mind & Soul’ in a brand new format. The event is inspired by Milap’s 35 year history and takes the form of a ‘festival day’ designed to attract people of all ages and backgrounds.

Taking place at Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre on Saturday April 25th, the new ‘Music for the Mind & Soul Festival Day’ will offer both loyal and new audiences a fresh and holistic experience of Indian & South Asian Arts and Culture, through a newly conceptualised day of performance, talks, workshops, yoga and Indian cuisine.

April’s event will start with an early morning yoga session with beautiful live Sitar accompaniment, followed by an Indian Classical Morning Raga Performance.

There will be two headline musical shows – afternoon and evening – featuring some of the biggest names alongside the very best rising talent in Indian Arts. A special late-morning children’s performance will offer the perfect way to introduce the younger members of your family to Indian classical music, plus talks and workshops will introduce enthusiasts to Hindustani music and Indian vocal techniques.

These ‘festivals-in-a-day’ have been designed to cater to all age groups and interests – you don’t need to know or understand Indian music – it just needs to be experienced! People can stay for the entire day, or just drop in for specific events.

Ahead of that, on February 29th, Milap are teaming up with the Liverpool International Jazz Festival to present acclaimed percussionist Sarathy Korwar (pictured above) at The Capstone Theatre.

Korwar has established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene, leading the UPAJ Collective – a loose band of South Asian jazz and Indian classical musicians brought together through a love of collaboration and improvisation who set up a residency at the Jazz Café in London. He has collaborated with the likes of

Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming), clarinettist Arun Ghosh and producer Hieroglyphic Being, and toured with Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal and Moses Boyd.
All of this is leading up to November, when Indika – Europe’s finest festival of Indian arts – returns to Liverpool for 2020, taking over the city for a vibrant 10-day celebration.

Now in its 10th year, the Indika festival, presented by Milap, is renowned for hosting some of the biggest names in Indian arts, as well as some of the very best rising talent from India and the Diaspora.

Indika will return in 2020 with an expanded and eclectic programme of events, featuring contemporary Indian music, dance, visual arts, film, poetry, talks and participatory activities, across locations including St George’s Hall, the Philharmonic Music Room and LEAF on Bold Street.

Building on Milap’s successful collaboration as part of the citywide Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary, one of the highlights of the new programme will see a major Diwali festival celebration in Liverpool for the first time.

Please visit milapfest.com for tickets and full details of the artists featuring in each of the events.