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Derby Season Of Light 2023

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Illuminate Your Autumn with Derby Season of Light (DSOL) 2023!

(October – December 2023)

Thank you to the Arts Council and all the partners of Surtal Arts who made DSOL 2023 possible!

Derby Season of Light is a celebration of our city’s dazzling diversity.

From October to December, Diwali, Rabi’ Al-Awwal, Christmas and Chinese New Year are all in close proximity, and where ‘Light’ is the common theme that binds us together. Using this theme of ‘Light’ and South Asian arts as the foundation, Surtal Arts will be delivering a series of inspiring cultural experiences, culminating in a spectacular Lantern Parade in the city center.

We’re proud to say DSOL has become a staple event in our city’s cultural calendar over the last few years. It’s truly a celebration of community cohesion and artistic collaboration, with every single activity delivered in partnership with various cultural organisations from across the city and county. Our exploration of cross-cultural, fusion and forgotten arts always leads to a programme that is inspiring, colourful, (sometimes unusual!) and beautifully inclusive.

Embracing Diversity and Creativity

Through art, music, and festivities, we’re weaving together the threads of our community, celebrating the rich traditions that make us who we are. This year, we’re also delving into the captivating world of rural Indian textile art and the art of recycling, further igniting the spark of creativity.

​Prepare to be enchanted as we spotlight on incredible talent of British Asian young musicians performing Diwali special ‘Enchanting Raga‘ in Belper, Derbyshire. We’re bridging the gap between mainstream and community arts organizations and venues, creating an inclusive platform that invites everyone to be a part of this mesmerizing experience.

​Shine a light on ‘Forgotten Heritage Art’

This October, the spotlight falls on the breathtaking exhibition ‘The Hidden Story of Kantha‘ at Deda. Journey into the heart of rural India through the eyes of She-Kantha, an NGO in Kolkata. Witness the magic of simple running stitch (Kantha) as it weaves mythological and everyday tales, preserving heritage and empowering women with a voice and self-sufficiency. Come and be part of an evening conversation with Malika Dudeja Varma, the woman behind this extraordinary NGO, She -Kantha.

​Try Madhubani art (also Mithila art) online. This unique is a style of painting practiced in the Mithila region of India and Nepal.

​Engaging Workshops and Unforgettable Events

Bring your family to our family-friendly workshops during half-term, where your children can explore the wonders of intriguing storytelling at Deda, dance, and the art of shadow puppetry. Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of Indian dance styles, from classical Kathak to vibrant Bollywood, or craft your own shadow puppet and lantern at our workshops hosted by Quad and Artcore. The pinnacle of the season awaits with the spectacular Derby Lantern Parade on December 2nd.

A Parade of Colors and Culture

Join us in making the Derby Lantern Parade a dazzling spectacle, as families, children, and young people from schools and the community unite to light up the night with vibrant lanterns. Experience the magic of diverse performances, from the mesmerizing Chinese Dragon dance to the thunderous beats of the Dhol drum, and from the enchanting world of Bollywood to the high-energy Bhangra dance.

Your Invitation to Inspiring Moments

We can’t wait to welcome you to Derby Season of Light 2023! Be prepared to embark on a journey of cultural discovery, artistic wonder, and heartwarming connections. Join us in celebrating the beauty of light and life – it’s a season you won’t want to miss!

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