SAWCC London

SAWCC is based in the New York City area and has a sister chapter in London. SAWCC London offers free women-only “monthlies,” as well as open public events. SAWCC London monthlies provide a platform for women artists of South Asian descent to actively network—and to share, discuss, and develop creative ideas and works. Since 2004, SAWCC London has nurtured independently-forged British South Asian female creative expression. It has developed into a respected network with a reputation for showcasing cutting-edge creativity embracing gender, identity, and cultural representation. For more information: Email: sawcc-london [at] sawcc [dot] org Join the Facebook group Join the women-only listserv

SAWCC London Events

SAWCC Says “So Long”
Friday, Oct 18, 2013, 7pm SAWCC crafts a night of images, words, and live DJs—marking farewell for founder Sonia Mehta. At Rich Mix, London. FREE and open to public.

Gaiutra Bahadur’s New Book, Coolie Woman
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013, 6:30pm A conversation between US author Gaiutra Bahadur and artist Roshini Kempadoo. At National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. FREE; a woman-only event; RSVP required.

Play Readings, Tree Of Seeds
Rehearsed readings of Tree of Seeds, a play-in-progress by US writer Kayhan Irani, set in Iran, Yemen, and India. FREE and open to public, but RSVP to required. Friday Nov 29, 2013, 7:30pm At Rich Mix, London. Monday Dec 16, 2013, 7pm At the Actors Centre, London (part of Women in the Arts Festival).

Playwrighting Love, Sexuality, And A Women’s Right To Choose
Friday, February 21, 7.30pm Playwright and SAWCC London co-curator Sharmila Chauhan discusses The Husbands, her powerful new play about polyandry (Kali/Pentabus Theatre) set in modern rural India. FREE and open to public, but RSVP to advised.

When a Birangona Woman Dies, Her Story Dies With Her
Friday, March 21, 2014,  8:45pm A special post-show panel discussion following Komola Collective’s play Birangona: Women of War — reflecting on history, memory, and the legacy of war-related sexual trauma. Co-presented with the Komola Collective. Free and open to attendees of the play.

What Does a Freelance Broadcaster Do All Day?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:15pm A conversation with broadcaster Yasmeen Khan, host of BBC 3 Counties weekly Asian radio show and co-producer for several BBC Radio 4 documentaries. At City & Islington Sixth Form College. FREE; a woman-only event. RSVP to advised.

Friday, May 23, 2014, 7pm Celebrating publication of Aisha Gill’s co-edited book ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence. An evening of performance, poetry and music — including poet Mona Arshi, singer Lucy Ward, DJs Anarkali Elektra and Tim Soar; and excerpts from Kali Theatre’s monologue-based play “Twelve.” FREE and open to the public.

Daredevas Dialogue — Dance, Gender, & Creative Transformation 
Friday, July 18, 2014, 8.45pm

Women Against Fundamentalism Book Launch
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7pm

Modern ‘Indian’ Design: Women Transforming Boundaries
Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:30pm

Dirty Linen — Challenges of Creating ‘Issue Led’ Asian Drama in Britain 
Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:45pm