An Indian Summer Festival Schedule 2023

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Music - Dance - Film - Food - Workshops

- 23rd July 2023

Outdoor Cinema

6 -10.30pm, Jubilee Square. Book your tickets in advance via the AIS website.

AIS Outdoor Cinema is back with a bang, featuring the iconic Bollywood blockbuster Sholay! Accompanied by a pre-film DJ set, live dance and a special Sholay themed street food menu.

Heart of the Nation

Saturday 22nd July, 11-4pm, drop in. Open to all, free to attend.

At Leicester Museum and Art Gallery - Produced by the Migration Museum, this exhibition shares the stories of people who have migrated to Britain over the past 75 years and worked in the NHS. Join us for a family friendly art workshop, creating visual symbols that explore what the NHS, care, wellbeing and journeys means to you.

Festival Day

Sunday 23rd July, 11-6pm.

Curve and Orton Square, Free to attend, with some ticketed events that need to be booked in advance.

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of South Asia, experiencing a unique and contemporary fusion of live music, theatre, dance, film, yoga, family friendly workshops and desi street food!

Nitin Sawhney

Sunday 23rd July, 6-8pm. Curve Theatre, Book your tickets in advance via Curve website.

Celebrating his latest album Immigrants, along with tracks from his forthcoming album Identity, the internationally acclaimed Nitin Sawhney is headlining this year’s festival.

Sunday 23rd July

Spend the day soaking up the festival atmosphere in Orton Square and inside Curve. We have created a vibrant day of live performances, film screenings, exhibitions, delicious food and family friendly workshops!

Street Food Zone

Orton Square - from 11-6pm

Tantalise your tastebuds with delicious street food from Kayal, Herb and Hot Potato shop

Outdoor Bar provided by Curve, look out for our festival special…An Indian Summer cocktail and mocktail!

Outdoor Stage

Orton Square - from 11-6pm

Hosted by Mr. Shay, accompanied by DJs Amrita Kalsi and Yumna Black, Free performances throughout the day.

11.30am Ishi Khan – Laughter Yoga and Wellbeing

12:00pm ZFit & Amrita Kalsi – Bollywood Zumba with live Dhol

12.30pm Nupur Arts – Indian Dance Showcase

1.20pm Shreya Vadnerkar – Breakin Boundaries –Bharatnatyam and Breakdance

2:00pm Epika Dance – Bollywood and Bhangra Dance Fusion

2.45pm ZFit & Amrita Kalsi – Bollywood Zumba with live Dhol

3:00pm Nupur Arts – Holi! – Celebration Dance

3.45pm Harkiran Sahota & Akash Parekar – Sitar and Tabla – Live Music

4.30pm Arun Ghosh & band – Indo Jazz – Live Music

Theatre & Storytelling

Roti Moon by Chandni Mistry – Family Friendly Theatre Show – 11am start

Book tickets in advance via Curve website

Exodus – Theatre – from 2-3pm - Rehearsal Room 2 - Book your free tickets in advance via Curve website. Exodus has been inspired by oral histories of the Ugandan Exodus. This event is a script reading sharing extracts of the play, followed by a Q&A.

Create & Make

Who Am I? – Family Friendly Art Workshops – From 115pm - Mezzanine - Free Activity - Drop In

Using natural materials such as clay and spices, we’ll explore our roots and culture to create a community pop up exhibition, working with artists Shamila Chady, Sim Mystry and Ismail Khokon.

Mehndi – From 12-5pm - Green Room Cafe- Free- Drop In Henna designs painted on your hands

Yoga & Wellbeing

Yoga with Live Sitar & Tabla – from 11am-12.30pmRehearsal Room 3 - Book tickets via Curve website. A fusion of Indian classical music and gentle yoga with Geeta Pendse, Harkiran Sahota and Akash Parekar. For 16 years plus.

Space for Stillness – 1-6pm – Free – drop in

A quiet retreat to take a pause within, offering calm music and a place to rest.

Exhibitions & Film

Emerge Dance & Film – Screenings between 11-1pm, 3.30-6pm – Rehearsal Room 2 - Free – Drop In Featuring artists from Nupur Art’s artist development programme.

Place & Space – Screenings between 11-1pm, 3.30-6pm –Rehearsal Room 2 - Free – Drop In

A photography exhibition featuring our AIS Open:Women Behind The Lens finalists

Main Stage

Nitin Sawhney – 6pm – Live Music Concert

Book tickets via Curve website

Full details about this year’s festival programme, projects, events and featured artists is available on our website

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