India is known all over the world as a country of festivals and this year during August, September and October, An Indian Summer brings the magic of South Asia to the heart of Leicester.
Now in its 7th year, the annual, family friendly event is spreading joy and fun in the midst of the city. For these three months, Leicester is a mecca for South Asian arts and culture.
Assistant City Mayor Piara Singh Clair, when asked about the festival agrees, “I am very pleased to welcome An Indian Summer to Leicester in 2017. This is a fantastic project showcasing Indian heritage and culture in creative ways across the city. An Indian Summer is part of the City Festival, which represents all areas of sports, arts and culture and I am delighted to have An Indian Summer as a partner organisation in this city-wide festival.”
Already running are two exhibitions (both free entry) at New Walk Museum; 400 Years; a web series exploring the four centuries of Britain and India’s relationship and side by side to that is Splendours of the Subcontinent. Exhibiting Royal Collection treasures gifted to the Prince of Wales during his 1875 visit to India when he set off on a four-month tour of the Indian subcontinent. During this, he was presented with a wide array of beautiful gifts and some of these are on display for you to see at New Walk.
Worth checking out is Sehra; an art exhibition running from Tuesday 8th August – Friday 18th August at LCB Depot. Artist Nadim Chaudry conceptualises the partition of Pakistan and India through a sculpture made from mud, cloaked with a veil of Marigolds made by Leicester locals.
Once you’ve had your fill of exhibits, take in a show and head off to the theatre over at Cossington Park and watch the Story of Light. A contemporary rendition of the ancient story of the Ramayana, produced by Metro-Boulout-Dodo and Nupur Arts, including live projections and dance. Free of charge, it’s a great way to spend the afternoon with family or friends. Pink Sari Revolution, running at Curve Theatre, 27th September – 7th October, tells the story of 400,000 women fighting for their rights in a uniform of blazing pink saris in Uttar Pradesh.
Sticking to the theme of the big outdoors there’s the International Kite Project on Friday 18th August at Jubilee Square. It’s an Interactive outdoor installation where the public uses the latest Xbox Kinect technology to simulate kite flying over Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
At some point over the festival, they’ll also be making art. So keep your eyes peeled for Graffiti artist Mono, who is creating Belgrave Road’s first ever street art mural, inspired by the success of Leicester’s Bring The Paint festival. He’ll be in the area getting creative, so be sure to pop along and see how he’s getting on.
All in all, Indian Summer looks set to be a scorcher and runs from August through until October all over the city. Check indiansummer.org.uk for more information.