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New post of Artistic Director at Akademi South Asian Dance

up to £50,000 pa

Application deadline: June 14th 2019

Akademi has celebrated South Asian dance in all its forms since 1979. It is the leading producer of South Asian Dance across classical, contemporary and popular forms as well as providing training and development opportunities for artists and high impact learning and participation programmes.

Our current Director, Mira Kaushik, OBE, has announced she will be stepping down from the role later this year, after over 30 years of successful leadership. As we enjoy our 40th anniversary in 2019 with an exciting programme of events, the Board of Trustees wishes to appoint two inspirational leaders who will recognise our heritage, build on our success and implement a vision which places a thriving professional South Asian dance sector at the centre of British cultural life

The new roles of  Artistic Director and Executive Director will hold Joint Chief Executive responsibilities and together they will lead Akademi’s creative, strategic and business activities to ensure we are at the forefront of the sector, both nationally and internationally.

Our artistic outlook is progressive, inquisitive, and truly diverse. We aim to challenge public perceptions and stereotypes of South Asian Dance through risk-taking creativity. Examples of our work can be found on the website:


As Artistic Director, you will lead on the Artist Development and Learning and Participation strand of our work as well as having responsibility for creating and commissioning inspiring performances and events.


You will need creative and innovative vision, substantial experience and expertise in the South Asian or wider dance sectors, and an unswerving commitment to excellence. You will be an influencer, well connected in the arts, have a strong reputation in the cultural sector and be capable of representing the organisation in the arts and wider circles.

Proven leadership abilities, sound financial understanding and exceptional communication skills are prerequisites for this role as Artistic Director/Joint Chief Executive.

To apply: Download our comprehensive recruitment pack from this website or from Akademi’s website: www. or by contacting Sarah Robson, Trustee:

Closing date: Friday 14 June at midday

Interviews: Wednesday 3rd July

We would like both appointments to start by mid to late October. 

Akademi is a UK registered charity and a National Portfolio Organisation supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Akademi South Asian Dance

London NW3

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