Cultural Exchanges Festival : Chanda Vyas
26, February 2019

The UK's 1st Female Hindu Priest in conversation - Faith and Gender

Festival Guest Curator Priya Mistry aka whatsthebigmistry presents


What does it mean to be Brown in Britain Today? This programme focuses on two very different practices of Brownness. One situated in the Body and the other in Belief.

"For this year’s festival I’m very excited to welcome In Conversation Chanda Vyas, the first female Hindu priest in the UK, and Soofiya Andry Artist and Illustration who articulate commentaries on race, gender and non-conformity. Who will also present a NEWLY COMMISSIONED work especially for the Festival."

Chanda Vyas

Chanda Vyas, the first female Hindu priest in the UK, based in Leicester, is known for having officiated a same sex Hindu marriage ceremony for a Leicester resident and Jewish-born Texan. What did the role of the Hindu Woman play in her journey to Priesthood- a position traditionally reserved for Brahmin men (Priestly Cast) ? How does she negotiate tradition, change and the politics of gender in the face of love?

Join Chanda in Conversation + Q&A at LCB Depot 6.00-7.30pm



Soofiya will be at LCB Depot on Thursday 28 February for a presentation, conversation and Q&A on their work from 6.30pm


Cultural Exchanges is a diverse week of interactive discussions, performances and talks at DMU; showcasing an eclectic programme of guests. The Festival and its programme represent the culture and creativity of De Montfort University, the city of Leicester and contemporary society in order to bring together cultures and industries. It is hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, and is run by students on the Arts and Festivals Management BA (Hons) degree students.
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