AWARD 2019



Dishoom, Manchester’s much-loved Bombay café, first partnered with HOME, Manchester’s leading venue for film, theatre and art, in June 2019 on its annual autumn season of independent Indian cinema, Not Just Bollywood. They gave a £5,000 cash gift to fund the programme, including a £1 donation for every Bollybellini cocktail sold at their Manchester restaurant across the two-month season, also developing a new alcohol-free dry tipple to bolster sales. This was Dishoom’s first partnership of this kind with an arts organisation. In addition to their financial gift, Dishoom have supported the season generously by providing competition prizes, hosting press, and treating the HOME team to first-rate Bombay comfort food in their Manchester restaurant. The restaurant group is also promoting the film season to their significant audience online, in print and in their Manchester restaurant, helping HOME to reach out to new audiences. Dishoom’s Executive Chef, Naved Nasir, will be hosting a cooking event on HOME’s main stage later this year to further engage guests in the culinary and cultural traditions of India.

HOME is Manchester’s centre for international contemporary culture. Since opening in 2015, HOME has welcomed over 2.9 million visitors to its two theatres, five cinemas, art gallery, book shop and restaurants. HOME works with international and UK artists to produce extraordinary experiences, creating an exciting mix of thought-provoking drama, dance, film, contemporary visual art and events with a strong focus on international work, new commissions and artist development. HOME is a registered charity and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.


Dave Moutrey, Artistic Director and CEO, HOME:

“Not Just Bollywood is a highlight of our year, and this has been a particularly rewarding partnership that has gone beyond financial support to include a whole range of creative activities and even a specially-created cocktail. We’re thrilled to have been nominated for this Prize, particularly as we are the first arts organisation to have partnered with Dishoom.”

Kavi Thakrar, Co-Founder, Dishoom:

“We are truly most delighted and humbled to be nominated for the Achates Philanthropy Prize in partnership with HOME. Over the past decade, we’ve taken much inspiration from the films and cinemas of Bombay, which have become a hugely important source for the designs and stories of our restaurants. It’s been such a great joy and privilege to work with HOME on this important season, bringing the groundbreaking work of women film-makers to a wider audience.”