The Horniman Mela- Sunday, 3 September 2017


This summer The Horniman Museum on London Road , Forest Hill will host a glorious Indian Summer Festival day with 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. Plastic ponchos will be available.


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 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.

There will also be a Food and Craft Market on the grounds, plus:

Bollywod 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: Mans 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.

Dance procession and Holi festival colour throw
Join  the 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.


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