In 2021, acclaimed musician and composer Nitin Sawhney will curate an all-new festival of music and artistic expression entitled Journeys, celebrating 150 years of immigrants to coincide with the Hall’s 150th anniversary.

The main event will be Nitin’s auditorium performance which will include a special new work commissioned by the Hall as well selected tracks form his forthcoming album Immigrants and his back catalogue.

The programme will include a series of performances from exceptional artists such as award-winning musician, composer and television presenter Soumik Datta, world-renowned handpan player and composer Manu Delago, and contemporary soundscape duo AVAWAVES.

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This week-long celebration of immigration will also feature panel discussions, debates and community workshops.

This important festival will showcase work inspired by artists who identify either themselves as immigrants, are from immigrant heritage or wish to express support of international immigrants.

Scroll down to find out more about the artists involved:

Soumik Datta

Soumik is a sarod player who Nitin first encountered when working with choreographer Akram Khan. Soumik has collaborated with Nitin on several projects and succeeds in decontextualising his traditional, Indian instrument by working with contemporary sounds, artists and visual narratives. Soumik is a brilliant virtuoso Indian classical musician with a wry twist.

Manu Delago

Austrian born Manu first caught Nitin’s attention with his superb musicianship on an unusual Swiss instrument called the Hang Drum. Nitin went on to work with Manu when they both collaborated with Anoushka Shankar live and Manu also accompanied Nitin for his own performances, including the Royal Albert Hall and Nitin’s last album Dystopian Dream. Nitin was also blown away when he saw Manu’s musical versatility as Bjork’s regular drummer and collaborator. Nitin feels Manu is one of the most impressive and interesting musicians he has ever come across.


AVAWAVES consists of German born Anna Phoebe on violin and Dutch/Irish Aisling Brouwer on keyboards/piano. This wonderfully cinematic duo debuted with their first album Waves in 2019. They have a unique sonic that was born of their common connection with nature and, specifically the sea. Stunning elemental soundscapes meet edgy perspectives on global issues.