Celebrate Diwali at city museum

Published: Thursday, 17th October 2019

Thousands of visitors will enjoy dance, music and food as they explore the story of Diwali during a spectacular event at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

The free celebration, running from 11am to 5.30pm on Saturday, October 19, will also include family craft activities, as well as clothes and jewellery stalls in the foyer. 
This year there is also the addition of a special community co-curated exhibition. This display - in the design gallery on the first floor - will include South Asian art, Diwali decorations, traditional costumes and textiles.
The museum’s annual Diwali event is now in its eighth year and attracts about 3,000 visitors.
On Saturday there will be a variety of dance groups, including professional national artists and local children. They will cover forms such as Kathak, Bollywood and Bhangra dance, as well as traditional tribal routines from the Karnataka state and Carnatic songs with instruments.
Visitors can also have their hands decorated with henna, make a clay figure of the Hindu god Ganesh, and enjoy free chair yoga and relaxation sessions.
The food stalls will include traditional dishes such as South Indian dosa and North Indian street food.
Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “The museum’s celebrations are always spectacular and great fun for families from right across Stoke-on-Trent.
“We are a wonderfully diverse city and this also provides a chance for those who attend to learn about other cultures and traditions. There’s something for everyone – from dance to street food – so make sure you bring family and friends for a fantastic celebration."

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