Bengali Spring Festival

Don’t miss the Bengali Spring Festival, a weekend of free family fun coming to The Museum of London Docklands this 31st of March and 1st of April. A celebration of Bengali culture and the beauty of spring organised in collaboration with the local community.

Children of all ages will enjoy the live music and traditional dances from local artists brought together by the renowned musician Yousuf Ali Khan.

Bengali Springtime storytelling sessions will surely inspire little poets in the festival’s poetry workshops.

Crafty kids can take part in creative activities like spring headdress making and print workshops.

Budding foodies will love learning how to make traditional Bengali snacks in a Chanachur masterclass.

Take a little time out to relax and admire the intricate beauty of henna work with free henna tattooing.

Explore Bengali History

There will be plenty of opportunity for older children and adults to learn more about the history of the Bengali community.

Shahida Rahman, writer of the award-winning historical novel Lascar, will lead discussions exploring the historical links between Bengali travelers and London’s Docklands on the 31st March.

In addition, the Swadhinata Trust will host talks regarding the cultural impact of the Bengali community in east London.

Textile and history lovers will enjoy a screening of the Legend of the Loom. A documentary charting the 2000 year journey of fabric from Bengali Society to some of the finest fashions in the world.

“We are excited to welcome guests to the museum’s Bengali Spring Festival,” said Aisling Serrant, Family Festival Coordinator “within Tower Hamlets we are lucky to have one of the country’s youngest populations and most vibrant cultures, in the Bengali community.”

Further Information:

When: Saturday 31 March & Sunday 1 April 12-4pm

Where: Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL


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