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Indian Summer

9 July – 3 September 2017

This summer we are bringing the sights and sounds of India and South Asia to south east London with a season of incredible events and exhibitions.

Outdoor festivals and live performances will celebrate the diversity and influence of South Asian music from the traditional and classical to the electronic and urban. There will also be dance, screenings, displays and crafts inspired by the region, and our Indian Summer will conclude with a spectacular Horniman Mela.

Bandstand Music

Sundays 6, 13 and 20 August, 3-6pm

Enjoy free music on the Bandstand featuring sounds from across South Asia. 


Big Wednesdays: Indian Summer

Wednesdays 9, 16, 23, 30 August, 10.30am-3.30pm

Explore and celebrate India with us every Wednesdays from 9 August. Join in activities ranging from storytelling to art and craft and experience dance, films and music performances inspired by traditions from all over India. Suitable for children aged 3+ and for larger groups including Play Schemes.


Hear it Live!

Tuesday 29 August, 3.30pm-4pm

Mehboob Nadeem will introduce and perform on the sitar, North India’s best known stringed instrument in this concert.


Horniman Mela

Sunday 3 September, 12pm–6pm

Our glorious Indian Summer concludes with a fun day of free 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.


Exhibitions and Displays


Until 26 November

Pani is the word for water across large parts of South Asia. In this thought-provoking display, artist Daksha Patel explores the environmental threats facing rivers and water courses, and the challenges encountered by the people and wildlife that depend upon this most precious resource. Supported by Roseberys Auctioneers.


India Unplugged

Until 24 September

This photography exhibition showcases traditional music making in Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Kerala.


Bengal Tiger

Until 3 September

A stunning taxidermy Bengal Tiger, on loan from the Natural History Museum, will be on display in the Natural History Gallery throughout our Indian Summer.



South Asia and its Diaspora: Musical Performances in the Cultures of Decolonisation

Saturday 4 November, 9am-5.30pm

This interdisciplinary conference reflects on the creative practices of music and dance within the cultures of South Asia and its Diaspora. 

Registration fee: £20.00
Student/RAI member: £10.00

Past events

Tamasha: Indian Summer Garden Party

Sunday 9 July, 12pm-5.30pm

Bring all the family and your dancing shoes for a free day of music, performances, demonstrations, workshops, markets and activities as we begin our Indian Summer. 


Indian Summer Late featuring PunjabTronix

Thursday 13 July, 6.30pm-9.30pm

An audio-visual extravaganza featuring PunjabTronix’s fusion of traditional Indian instruments and cutting-edge electronic effects synchronised with live-mixed digital video projections. The evening will be complete with talks, tours, bars, street food and activities galore. PunjabTronix is a collaboration between British Indian electronic producer DJ Swami and Punjabi vocalists and musicians.

£5. Over 18s only.

Indian Summer Baaja

Sunday 23 July, 12pm-9pm 

A festival of music, stories and dance from across South Asia curated by the British Indian virtuoso Sarod player, Soumik Datta. Enjoy outdoor performances across the Horniman Gardens with rhythm battles, bluesy choruses, folk dances and bands including World Music bestselling artist Shammi Pithia.


Hear it Live!

Tuesday 25 July, 3.30-4pm

Baluji Shrivastav OBE presents music on the dilruba, a bowed stringed instrument of North India and Pakistan.


Film Screening: Slumdog Millionaire (15)

Tuesday 1 August, doors 7.15pm / film starts 8.45pm

An orphan from the slums of Mumbai is one question away from winning India’s ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. Accused of cheating, he reveals how his success is the result of his incredible past and search for love. In partnership with The Luna Cinema.

Tickets: £15 
Disabled and carer admission: £7.50 


Film Screening: The Jungle Book (U)

Sunday 6 August, doors open 7.15pm / film starts 8.45pm

Mowgli’s journey to the man-village to escape the Bengal tiger Shere Khan becomes an unforgettable adventure in the company of Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of this classic, song-filled Disney animation. In partnership with The Luna Cinema.

Adult: £15 
Child: £10
Disabled and carer admission: £7.50