Watch: Shezad Dawood, ‘Concert From Bangladesh’


Streaming Sunday 1 August, a mixed-reality music concert that takes audiences on a virtual audio-visual journey

Concert From Bangladesh is a mixed reality music concert that takes audiences on a virtual audio-visual journey through Bangladesh past and present, including mystical Baul singers from rural Kushtia, experimental electronics, and hip hop from the streets of Dhaka.

UBIK Productions (London) and Samdani Art Foundation (Dhaka) have commissioned acclaimed British-South Asian artist Shezad Dawood to imagine a virtual reality stage for a concert expanding on the 50-year legacy of Concert For Bangladesh – the original charity concert initiated by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison of Beatles’ fame, in aid of the relief effort and refugee crisis during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

Co-curated by Diana Campbell with Bangladeshi music producer and artist Enayet Kabir, together with assistant curators Ruxmini Choudhury and Shoummo Saha, Concert From Bangladesh updates the 1971 concert to showcase a wealth of talent across Bangladeshi musical traditions, while revisiting the history of solidarity embedded in the original concert.

All proceeds raised through donations, merchandise purchases, and digital album downloads will be equally distributed between the performing musicians and Bangladeshi charity organization Friendship, which provides healthcare for climate change refugees and promotes women’s rights in Bangladesh.

Concert From Bangladesh will be available to stream here via Pioneer Works on Sunday 1 August 2021, at 6pm (Dhaka, London and New York). For more information and to register for the event, please click here. And follow the hashtag #ConcertFromBangladesh on social media for updates.

Concert From Bangladesh
 is a project by UBIK Productions and Samdani Art Foundation in collaboration with Shezad Dawood and in partnership with Pioneer Works, Yorkshire Sculpture International, Chisenhale Gallery and Friendship. It is supported by the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund.

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