This website is the dedicated online archive of the Oitij-jo 2013 festival which took place in London.

London’s South Bank will played host to the UK’s biggest and most vibrant showcase of Bangladeshi creativity during a three-day celebration of art, craft, design, fabrics, fashion, literature and music which took place at the Bargehouse from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February 2013.

OITIJ-JO Festival was a three-day celebration of creativity and culture rooted in Bangladesh.

Participants included dancer Akram Khan, photographers Shahidul Alam and Enamul Hoque, jazz musician Zoe Rahman, singer Shapla Salique, State of Bengal, textiles artist Rezia Wahid and the world music fusion band, Lokkhi Terra alongside a new generation of designers, creators, cultural commentators and craft historians at Oitij-jo’s inaugural festival.

Oitij-jo is a charitable organisation set up to inspire, collaborate and engage by ‘understanding the past, to look at the present and then to build the future.’ It is the coming together of creative practitioners and practices of the Bengali Diaspora and those inspired and influenced by Bengal and its traditions to collaborate and engage.

  • Over 70 creative practitioners of Bangladeshi and its diaspora took part
  • In a 3 day event which included live music, photography, film and art exhibitions, talks.
  • In a 5 storey warehouse, the Bargehouse on the South Bank, London