DAYTIMERS Festival at the Horniman

A celebration of South Asian music, food and artistry in the Horniman Gardens.

The Horniman has invited DAYTIMERS – the collective at the forefront of the South Asian Underground movement’s resurgence – to curate and programme a day festival celebrating South Asian artistry, full of live music, DJs, talks, workshops, food and more.


Mehfil programmes the Conservatory with takeovers spanning poetry, spoken word, and talks exploring conversations relating to South Asian history, wellbeing and restorative practice, with a lineup of very exciting guest speakers.


Bandstand line-up

A stacked offering of DJs and musicians to be announced soon.

Music in the Sunken Garden

NTS Radio DJ and presenter Sway of The Verses soundtracks the Sunken Gardens digging deep into his crates with Ragas, Hindustani classical, Qawalii, Indo jazz and so much more. Discover the intricacies of this ever-evolving ancient musical tradition as he weaves his way through musicians, instruments, ragas and time-cycles.

Arts and Crafts stalls

Browse a selection of arts and crafts stalls throughout the Gardens.

Gallery Square

Head to Gallery Square for an offering of South Indian dance and classical performances from the Bharat Vidya Bhavan, including a Bharatnatyam Dance and Classical Carnatic Violin and Mridangam.

Free for the public and non-festival goers.


The pavilion will play host to chai tea tasting and a Sri Lankan Supper Club ahead of Refugee Week 2023 hosted by Sup Supper Club.

Please note: tickets to the supper club are limited and ticketed separately on the SUP? website.

Dutch Barn

Join us in the Dutch Barn for craft workshops.

Hands On Base

Broadcasting live from inside the Horniman Museum, Lewisham-based radio station Sister Midnight FM invites their residents and some special guests to bring the festival to the airwaves. They’ll be broadcasting all afternoon, live on SMFM, and visitors can watch the hosts and DJs carry out their shows from inside the Museum! They’ll be joined by 4RESH, Iti, Amar Patel, Solidarity Tapes, and SMFM crew and residents.

Free ticket scheme

A limited number of free tickets are available for this event for community organisations, charities and not-for-profits that support:

  • individuals and families from low-income households
  • those with additional needs or disabilities
  • communities whose voices are underrepresented or marginalised.

If you’re an organisation that would like to provide free tickets to your service users, please get in touch with us at to discuss.

If you are an individual who faces financial barriers to visiting this event but are not currently connected to a support organisation, please get in touch with us at

Please contact us by Monday 3 June. The scheme will operate on a first come basis.

Instagram competition terms and conditions

  • The competition closes at 23:59 on 1 June 2024.
  • One prize winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries and will be notified by Instagram Messages by 3 June 2024. The winner must claim their prize within 3 days or it will be considered forfeit.
  • The winner will be announced on 7 June 2024 on Instagram.
  • The prize is 2 adult tickets and 2 child tickets to the DAYTIMERS at the Horniman Festival on 15 June 2024. All children must be accompanied by an adult to the Festival.
  • Entry is limited to one per person.
  • The decision is final and non-negotiable.
  • No cash alternative. Not transferable and non-refundable.
  • DAYTIMERS as the promoter and Horniman Museum and Gardens as the supplier reserve the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value.
  • The prize winner must provide contact details for the UK or Republic of Ireland. These will be shared with the Horniman Museum and Gardens to arrange fulfilment of the prize.
  • By entering the competition, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules.
  • Employees of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, their families, agents or anyone else connected with the competition are not permitted to enter.
  • The competition is run by DAYTIMERS
  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens is located at 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ