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A feast for the senses at the Horniman’s Indian Summer

The Horniman Museum and Gardens brings the sounds and spirit of South Asia to south east London with its vibrant Indian Summer season of events, performances and displays.

From Sunday 9 July to Sunday 3 September 2017 the Museum and Gardens will be alive with colourful outdoor festivals and live performances celebrating the diversity and influence of South Asian music, from the traditional and classical to the electronic and popular.

Acclaimed musicians perform on examples of instruments housed in the Horniman’s extraordinary music collection. The old meets the new in exciting collaborations. And new commissions, talks, tours and displays give an insight into South Asian culture and traditions.

Visitors of all ages are invited to join artists to participate in music and dance, immerse themselves in storytelling, enjoy outdoor cinema and screenings, get creative through arts and crafts, and tempt their taste buds with street food inspired by the region.

The Indian Summer season begins on Sunday 9 July with Tamasha, an Indian Summer Party for all the family, set in the Horniman’s beautiful Gardens.

Tim Corum, Director Curatorial & Public Engagement at the Horniman says:

Our Indian Summer programme provides insights into the rich diversity of South Asian music, as well as its creative interplay with contemporary culture in the UK. Through a programme of wide ranging performances, displays and events we invite visitors to explore, celebrate and experience with us the music and culture of this dynamic region.

 Highlights of the Indian Summer season include:

  • Tamasha, an Indian Summer Garden Party for all the family, created in partnership with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (9 July)
  • PunjabTronix, an audio-visual extravaganza where technology meets tradition, featuring DJ Swami and Punjabi folk musicians at our Indian Summer Late (13 July)
  • Indian Summer Baaja, a festival of music, stories and dance curated by the British Indian virtuoso Sarod player, Soumik Datta (23 July)


  • Performances by Baluji Shrivastav OBE on the dilruba (25 July) and Mehboob Nadeem on the sitar (29 August) as part of our Hear it Live! series
  • Outdoor film screenings of Slumdog Millionaire (1 August) and The Jungle Book (6 August) in partnership with The Luna Cinema
  • Music on Bandstand Terrace (6, 13, 20 August)
  • Big Wednesdays, featuring storytelling, performances, arts and craft, dance and films inspired by traditions from all over India (9, 16, 23, 30 August)
  • Pani, a thought-provoking display exploring the complex relationship between people and water in South Asia (from 20 May)
  • India Unplugged, a photography exhibition based on a collecting project and fieldwork research exploring music making in Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Kerala (from 20 May)
  • A stunning taxidermy Bengal Tiger, on loan from the Natural History Museum (from 18 May)
  • Performances and activities inspired by popular South Asian festivals and celebratory traditions at our Horniman Mela (3 September)
  • A conference, South Asia and its Diaspora: Musical Performances in the Cultures of Decolonisation, will inform critical listening and thinking around the season (4 November).

Find out more about all these events and the Indian Summer season.

The Horniman’s Indian Summer season was made possible thanks to funding from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

The Horniman’s Indian Summer season was developed with the help of Akademi, Asian Arts Agency, Delfina Foundation, Emergency Exit Arts, FIPA, Goldsmiths and The Centre for Postcolonial Studies, University of London, The Luna Cinema, Natural History Museum, Pexmas, Royal Anthropological Institute, Royal Holloway, Soumik Datta Arts, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.