Indian Summer on a sunburst


 The Horniman Museum and Gardens brings the sounds and spirit of South Asia to south east London with its vibrant Indian Summerseason 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).

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.

The Horniman’s Indian Summer season runs from Sunday 9 July to Sunday 3 September 2017. For full information on Indian Summer please go to

The Horniman Museum and Gardens opened in 1901 as a gift to the people in perpetuity from tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’. Today the Horniman has a collection of 350,000 objects, specimens and artefacts from around the world. Its galleries include natural history, music and an acclaimed aquarium. Indoor exhibits link to the award-winning display gardens – from food and dye gardens to an interactive sound garden – set among 16 acres of beautiful, green space offering spectacular views across London.

Please note: The anthropology galleries (African Worlds and Centenary Gallery) are now closed until spring 2018 while we develop a new World Gallery and studio space. To find out more visit

The Museum and Gardens are core-funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and since 1990 has been governed by an independent charitable trust, registered charity no. 802725. The Horniman Museum and Gardens also receives funding from Arts Council England as one of its Major partner museums.

Opening times and admission. The Horniman Museum is open daily 10.00am-5.30pm, except 24 – 26 December, when it is closed. The Gardens open at7.15am Monday to Saturday and 8.00am on Sunday and Bank Holidays, and close at sunset. Entry to the Museum and Gardens is free but charges apply for the Aquarium and some special exhibitions and events. Horniman Members go free –

Access. The Museum and the Gardens are both wheelchair and pushchair friendly with accessible toilets. Limited on-site parking is available for Blue Badge holders.

Travel. The Horniman is situated at 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ on the South Circular Road (A205). It can be reached easily by train to Forest Hill station (London Overground/Southern, travel time approx.15-20 minutes from east/central London or East Croydon) and by local buses (176, 185, 197, 356, P4). (Source: Horniman museum press release)


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