Diwali: Festival of Light


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Saturday 26 October 2019 | 11am - 4.30pm
National Maritime Museum
Family fun

Celebrate the lunar festival, Diwali, with dance, music, art and a celebration of light at the National Maritime Museum.

Watch a performance by the Bollywood Co, before trying a few moves out for yourself, create crafts to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, and join in a parade at the end of the day.

Lantern making

Create a reflective lantern with artist Ling Chiu inspired by the lotus flower and add it to the display in the Voyagers Gallery.

Rangoli art

Join artist Meera Chauda to create Rangoli patterns that will become a colourful part of the evening parade.

Drumming workshop

Come along and make some noise with traditional Indian drums. Learn new rhythms and beats together.

Bharatanatyam storytelling

Explore the stories of Diwali through expressive storytelling sessions run by the Bhavan Gallery.

Beats of Diwali

Join artist Sara Byers to create colour and sound to use in the evening parade.

Bollywood Co performance and workshop

Head to the Great Map to watch the Bollywood Co dancers perform. Learn some dance moves yourself, ready to show off in the parade.

Character Encounter with Raj the Dockworker

Come and meet Raj, a dockworker in London. Raj will introduce you to 'Sailortown' and trade between India and Britain.

Diwali Parade

In the evening join in the annual Diwali parade from the National Maritime Museum to Greenwich Park. This year bring along the crafts you make in the Rangoli art and  Beats of Diwali session to make the parade as colourful and noisy as possible!

Join in with dance and music as we culminate our Diwali celebrations in the Park.


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Suitable for all ages and abilities

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