[Skip to content] [Skip to main navigation] [Skip to user navigation] [Skip to global search] [Accessibility information] [Contact us]

About this event

Our glorious Indian Summer concludes with a fun day of performances and activities inspired by popular South Asian festivals and celebratory traditions.

The day will culminate with a spectacular gathering to recreate a Holi festival colour throw.

Please don't wear or bring anything valuable or that stains easily.


Shadow puppetry workshop

Make a puppet based on Indian folk tales and bring it to life!

The Healing Garden

Explore Auryevedic herbs through storytelling, music and movement in this interactive workshop.

Colouring Creatures

Help us to create a work of art throughout the day based on batik designs.

Led by our partner Emergency Exit Arts.

Dandiya Rass

Join in a workshop to learn the traditional folk dance Dandiya Rass which is performed during the autumn Hindu festival of Navratri in Gujarat, India. Led by our partner Apsara Arts.

Portable Print Studio

Try your hand at some screen printing with Portable Print Studio. Choose from some designs influenced by our Indian Summer to print onto a T-Shirt (£12) or a A3 poster (£5), before taking your creation home with you.


Bollywood Brass Band

Have fun dancing to Bollywood rhythms and classic hits in a joyful and colourful performance by this pioneering band who have performed all over the world.

Paradiso: Man's Enduring Search for Perfection

Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and the astrological influences of the navagrahas (9 plants) of Hindu mythology, this performance is also an energetic celebration of dance. Produced by South Asian dance company Akademi. Two performances throughout the day.

DJ Nish

From 4:15pm, DJ Nish will be mixing Bhangra and Bollywood beats. Having appeared on the BBC Asian Network and played internationally, DJ Nish's set is sure to get you moving.

Dance procession and Holi festival colour throw

Join us for a dance procession from 5.30pm ending in a Holi festival inspired colour throw. Led by Emergency Exit Arts and Bollywood Brass Band. Please don't wear or bring anything valuable or that stains easily. Plastic ponchos will be available.

Gallery Tours

Join our Keeper of Musical Instruments, Margaret Birley, for a tour of the Music Gallery focusing on Musical Instruments from South Asia. The tour will also take in our new 'Wind Organ' installation from Ali Miharbi. Tours will take place at 12.15pm, 1pm, and 2pm, and last 20 minutes each. 

Other family activities

  • Handle Museum objects related to India
  • Hear tales from India in interactive storytelling sessions
  • Facepainting with designs inspired by the festivals of Onam and Ganapati
  • Tiger themed bouncy castle

Food and Craft Market

Enjoy food and market stalls selling a range of wares inspired by South Asia. Curated by Pexmas.