In the Reflektor Festival’s closing concert on 7 November 2021, the world-famous sitar player Anoushka Shankar glides barefoot over the stage, bows down low and says: »I am full to the brim with gratitude for this fantastic time. It’s been so long since I experienced such warm, loving, creative days.« And indeed, there was an incredible buzz as the weekend drew to a close. The Hamburger Abendblatt declared it »one of the most remarkable festivals held in this concert hall«. The festival spirit is also palpable among the invited artists, almost all of which have long-standing friendships and musical links with Anoushka Shankar. They move playfully around the venue, and many can be seen enjoying themselves among the audience when not performing themselves. The festival film records the special atmosphere and allows us to immerse ourselves again in four days of Indian music, dance and backstage impressions from the Elbphilharmonie.
»Reflektor Anoushka Shankar« Aftermovie
»To tell you the truth, the main question I asked myself when putting the programme together was: what would I want to see and hear in the Elbphilharmonie over four days myself? So, in the Reflektor Festival, I’m actually simply presenting the music I love.«