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Tickets: £5
Over-18s only.

About this event

Wander amongst botanical-inspired installations and discover the Horniman after hours with a special line-up of music, performances and activities all inspired by the relationship between human beings’ and the natural world. Be amongst the first to see The Lore of the Land, the first exhibition in the Horniman's new arts space The Studio.

Installations by Abby and Alice

Set design artists Abby and Alice cover the Horniman in foliage and installations. From immersive cyanotypes in the lift, to a beautifully constructed Herbarium and immersive displays of pressed botanicals.

Paint by Numbers workshop with Arts Network

Join Arts Network to colour in a bit of canvas and help complete a painting, inspired by one of the objects found in The Lore of the Land exhibition. The mystery picture will be revealed at the end of the evening. 

Live music Paddy Steer

Enjoy alternative music from Paddy Steer, a Zelig-like character of the Manchester music scene. Steer has played with a wide range of music and artists over the years, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian guitarist etc. or all these roles at the same time. 

Live music The Venus Bushfires 

The Venus Bushfires performs beautiful Neo Afro Folk. The Venus Bushfires is a creative collective of one and many, of which Helen Parker-Jayne Isibor is the only constant member. The Nigerian born singer-songwriter, composer and performance artist cross-fertilises multiple visual and musical styles including the ethereal sound of the idiophone Hang instrument.

'X… The Unexplained' by Dan Byrne-Smith

A new science fiction work with a live soundtrack, 'X… The Unexplained' presents a scenario in which a mysterious occurrence has transformed the Horniman’s Natural History Gallery. Was this an accident of some kind, or the result of an alien visitation? Another occurrence shows an encounter with the specimens on display becoming uncanny presences and visions of elsewhere.

Acoustic Folk Stage 

Intimate sessions by acoustic folk singer-songwriters, who will perform songs that are in harmony with the human relationship to nature.

  • Bity Booker – Bity Booker is a folk singer and songwriter based in London. Her songs are mostly voice and classical guitar with a few whimsical touches such as bells, musical saw, and sparrow sounds, but the effect is mystical, mainly due to Bity's precise, hypnotic fingerpicking style and elastic voice.
  • Cunning Folk - folk performer, storyteller and music promoter. Cunning Folk also runs the South East London Folklore Society.
  • Marisa Jack & Davy - formed in 2015, Marisa Jack & Davy’s unconventional interpretation of folk tradition is shaped by the harmonic blend of their three unique voices, acoustic guitar styles and musical backgrounds.

Raise the Roof Choir

Hear the choral sounds of Raise the Roof Choir, who will be performing songs about nature and being.

Tarot card readings

Sign up for a tarot reading with Emma Michaels to find out about different areas of your life, such as love, career, karma, areas of personal growth and future predictions and opportunities.

Workshop with SHARP Gallery

Artists from SHARP Gallery invite you to build up our artists' ecosystem, from the roots to its nutrients. Everyone is welcome to contribute to this growing installation. 


Facepainting designs inspired by nature, water and botanicals.

Drop-in Tea Making Workshop

Come and drop-in to our tea making workshop under the waxing moon, invoke the powers of different plants to create your own magic spell to drink at home. Workshop will stop during the above performance.

Bars and food

Enjoy food from the Horniman Cafe and craft beer and cocktails at the bars.