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All activities are free but queuing may be necessary. February half-term is likely to be very busy so we may have to limit numbers for certain activities.

About this event

Join us for a colourful celebration at the start of the Carnival season. We’re bringing a bit of Rio Carnival to the Horniman with performances and storytelling inspired by the brilliant colours of Carnival costumes.

Colour Animated

  • Location: Music Gallery Performance Space
  • Times: 10am – 4.30 pm

Drop in to watch some short animations inspired by our new exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed.  The animations have been created by second year students on the London College of Communication’s BA Animation course.   

Suitable for all ages

Arts Network: Colour a Chameleon workshop

  • Location: Education Centre
  • Times
    • 10.15am - 11am
    • 11.15am - 12pm
    • 1.15pm - 2pm
    • 2.15pm - 3pm

Join Arts Network, one of our Community Partners, for some fun painting by numbers workshops.  This is a family workshop open to all ages, but grown-up supervision is essential for under 3s.

Recommended for ages 3+ but open to all.

Carnival Stories

  • Location: Hands on Base
  • Times:
    • 11.30am - 12.15pm
    • 1.30pm – 2.15pm
    • 3pm - 3.45pm

Come along and listen to stories inspired by Carnival.

Recommended for ages 3+ but open to all.

All the Colours of Carnival

  • Location: Conservatory
  • Times: 
    • 11.45am - 12.30pm
    • 1.45pm – 2.30pm
    • 2.45pm - 3.30pm

Come and celebrate Carnival with Gandaia Arts, who will whisk you away to the Rio Carnival with their colourful costumes and energetic rhythms.  Dance performance.

Recommended for ages 3+ but open to all


All activities are free but queuing may be necessary. 

February half-term is likely to be very busy so we may have to limit numbers for certain activities. 

Continue your exploration of colour with a visit to our family exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed (admission price applies; free for Members and Benefactors).