HUNDREDS TAKE PART IN SOUTH ASIAN ARTS FESTIVAL ALCHEMY Hundreds of local people took part the UK’s largest South Asian arts and culture festival, as Southbank Centre's Alchemy returned to Doncaster from 31 May to 3 June. Alchemy Doncaster brought Sir Nigel Gresley Square to life with a South Asian inspired arts, crafts and food market, live DJs sets and dance performances as people of all ages took to the dance floor and joined in the family-friendly events. For the first time Alchemy Doncaster presented a programme of Muslim arts, generously supported by Amal, a Said Foundation Project. Members of Doncaster’s Young Muslimahs performed alongside other spoken word poets in Alchemy’s Open Mic Mehil, presented by Hive South Yorkshire. British Muslim comedian Bilal Zafar performed his debut show Cakes to a packed audience in Cast’s Second Space. Headlining the festival was Beats Without Beats, a spectacular hip-hop and rap show that brought together artist from India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and India to perform with rising UK stars. Audiences rose to their feet as the twelve international and UK artist closed the festival with this unique concert. Alchemy saw Doncaster’s flagship theatre Cast partner again with Southbank Centre, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Black Country Touring, generously supported by Arts Council England, to bring this colourful and vibrant national festival back to Yorkshire. Alchemy Doncaster marked the start of Doncaster’s summer season of free outdoor festivals. Right Up Our Street presented a taster of its outdoor arts festival DNweekeND (10-11 September) earlier in June with Motionhouse and NoFitState Circus’ BLOCK, with full programme for the September to be announced soon. Doncaster’s Pride returns for another spectacular year on Saturday 19 August in Sir Nigel Square in front of Cast. In its fabulous 11th year, South Yorkshire's first and biggest Pride event this year features a float parade for the first time, local businesses can participate in the parade for free. In September, Cast brings another free, outdoor extravaganza to Doncaster, following on the hugely popular Clash of Drums last year. This year’s Colour of Time will lit up Doncaster town as gigantic wheels of colour roll to music through the town’s streets music before an explosive finale outside Cast on Friday 22 September.