An Indian Summer Festival at Curve & Orton Square

An Indian Summer Festival at Curve & Orton Square

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A day filled with live music, performances, food, henna, art activities and lots more!

About this event

We’re taking over Curve theatre & Leicester’s Orton Square for an entire day filled with music, dance, workshops, culture, and food!

Whether you just want to grab a drink from the outdoor bar and enjoy the summer vibe, or get involved and take part, there’s something for everyone.

Register to get the latest updates on what will be happening on the day as we release more details.

Most performances and activities are free and you can just drop in throughout the day. Check for updates and details including exact timings and links.

Scroll down to see what's on throughout the day!

Outdoor Performances

Expect a showcase of live music & dance with opportunities to learn & have a go yourself! Artists include Dhol Players & Band Baja, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band & look out for Enter Edem’s flock of peacock performers taking flight around the square!

Food & Drink

Try a range of delicious South Asian food from our street food vendors including some of Leicester’s favourites - Kayal, Herb and, Desi Street Food.

Try Out Something New

Our workshops and activities inside Curve will be open and accessible to everyone - Children AND Adults!

- Henna artist

- Storytelling

- Art activities

- Ever wanted to try on a sari? We’ll have an expert on hand to get you all dressed up!

For Knowledge Seekers & Cultural Enthusiasts

There will be Sufi inspired dance performances produced through a unique collaboration between artists across Pakistan and the UK, and a lively panel talk from Forward Culture marking the 50th anniversary of Asian Ugandan expulsion.

Plus we have a world-class performance by internationally acclaimed musician, Talvin Singh!

What's On

Inside Curve - Cafe and Mezzanine Floor. 12pm-6pm - Activities for Adults & Children

Free henna design from local artist, Jamilla’s Henna.This activity is very popular, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Saree Demonstration. Saree Expert Bhawna Bhawsar invites you to come and learn more about the history of the saree and how to wear it.

Saree Dress Up. Have a go at wearing a saree helped by expert Bhawna Bhawsar.

Get immersed in stories exploring smells and others senses in this sensory storytelling workshop led by our Creative Programmes Practitioner, Chandni Mistry.

Environment-focused art and crafts with Sym Mystry, using upcycled and recycled materials.

Outdoors on Orton Square & Main Stage: 12pm - 8pm

- Outdoor Bar

- Delicious food from Kayal, Herb and Desi Street Food.

- Performances:

12pm and throughout the day - DJ Ninja Bob & Host Shruti Chauhan

1pm - Enter Edem - Giant Peacocks

1.30pm - Nupur Arts Young Company - Classical Indian Dance

2:30pm - Dhol Players and Band Baja - Music Walkabout

3pm - Nupur Arts - Holi Celebration Dance

3:30pm - Enter Edem - Giant Peacocks

4pm - Chitra - Classical Kuchipudi Dance

4:30pm - Zfit - Interactive Bollywood Dance

5pm - Dhol Players and Band Baja - Music Walkabout

5:30pm - Enter Edem - Giant Peacocks

6pm - Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band - Music Walkabout

6:30pm - String Beats

7pm - Zfit - Interactive Bollywood Dance

7:30pm - Chitra - Classical Kuchipudi Dance

Inside Curve - Talks and Performances

1pm - 3pm - BROWNGIRL VIA EAST AFRICA: A DISCUSSION - Rehearsal Room 2

A fascinating and in-depth discussion about the legacy of migration and colonisation on South Asian women with three pioneering speakers. Hosted and chaired by Seetal Kaur (Co-founder of FowardCulture and

Drop Ins welcome but we recommend booking your free ticket to guarantee your space:

5pm 6pm - ON THE HOUR: DANCE KAHANYAN - Rehearsal Room 2

Join us to celebrate an exciting international project that brings together two world-renowned choreographers and dancers.Expect live dance performances and short films made by young people in the UK and Pakistan, plus a documentary sharing the experiences of our artists in each other’s cities.

Drop ins welcome. More information and free tickets available via curve:

7:45pm - Inside Curve - Talvin Singh & Friends.

A world class performance by acclaimed musician Talvin Singh plus a dance performance from Aakash Odedra

Book here:

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