The inaugural LIAF took place between 10 and 12 August 2012 at the Redbridge Town Hall. With a capacity of 675, the Main Hall staged LIAF 2012’s afternoon and evening concerts. Lambourne Room was open to the public, who visited the indoor stalls as well as sample delicious Asian cuisine and beverages from LIAF’s kitchen all day long.
Jyotsna explained the inspiration behind LIAF, “I have performed numerous Indian classical and contemporary concerts, and collaborated with many international artists to create music that cuts across many musical genres and geographies. Yet here in East London where I live – one of the most multi-cultural places on Earth – we did not have a quality arts festival reflecting this diversity.
I feel very passionately about LIAF. What started as a desire to showcase the very best of South Indian Carnatic music has expanded into far richer tapestry of music and arts originating from different continents”.