Solihull Arts Complex

Diwali Festival of Light Activities

Diwali Festival of Light Activities

Fun activities for all ages to celebrate Diwali, Festival of Light

Join us to celebrate the Festival of Light in a series of activites for all ages at The Core and wider around Touchwood, including in the tipi in Theatre square!

There will be workshops in shadow puppet-making; dance & performance; glowing sculptures and an illustration competition to help visualise the Diwali story.

You could transform into a Diwali character (jewellery; neon face painting; try on a sari); create jungle and palace scenery, including a golden deer – or just sit back and soak-up the dance and story telling throughout the two days.

Themed authentic Indian food will be served from Encore Cafe Bar.


Palace and Jungle Environments (FREE)

 Transform into an Indian Prince or Princess - try on a saree, get your face or arms painted with patterns and jewels.

Create jungles and exotice creatures to surround mystical palace architechture.

No need to book - just turn up!

Friday 1 November: 10-12am and 1-3pm in the Foyer, The Core

Sat 2 November: 10-12am and 1-3pm in the Foyer, The Core



Shadow Puppet Workshops (£5 per child)

Take part in this fun workshop to celebrate Diwali, festival of Light!

Create your own Diwali character, to be used in a Shadow Puppet show. Then experiment with light projection, scale and storytelling to get ready for a performance!

Friday 1 November: 10am - 12pm in The Courtyard Gallery, The Core

Saturday 2 November: 10am - 12pm in The Courtyard Gallery, The Core 



Shadow Puppet Performance (FREE)

Following on from the puppet-making workshops, there will be a Diwali themed shadow puppet performance. This is a FREE performance, but attendees MUST have a ticket. This MUST be booked in advance.

Friday 1 November: 2.30pm - 3.30pm in the Studio, The Core



Diwali Illustration Workshops (£5 per child)

Create a scene from the Diwali story (The Golden Deer / Search for Sita / Battle for Lanka).

The artwork made in the session will be judged by a Special Guest Artist, and the winning piece will be used in promotional material for future festivals.

Friday 1 November: 1pm-3pm in the Courtyard Gallery, The Core

Saturday 2 November 11.15am - 1.15pm in the Studio, The Core



Diwali Shadows & Light Dance Performance and Workshop for Kids co-produced by Dance Xchange (£3 each)

Enjoy an Indian Dance performance celebrating Diwali, co-produced by talented choreographers from Dance Xchange. Then, join them afterwards for a Diwali Dance workshop, perfect for kids aged 5-12 years (£3 per child for workshop).

Saturday 2 November show & workshop: 1.30pm - 2.30pm in the Studio, The Core




Storytelling, Neon Face Painting and Glow in the Dark Sculptures (FREE)

  • Storytelling: Hear the Diwali story brought to life (aimed at children ages 4-9)
  • Neon Face Painting: Transform into a Diwali character with cool glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Glow in the Dark Mini Hanging Sculptures: Create artwork to take home with you

No need to book - just turn up!

Saturday 2 November: 10.30am - 11.30am and 12.15pm - 1.15pm in the Tipi at Touchwood


Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November

Some events will be free - some will be available to book online.

Diwali Performances (inc DX) - children aged 11+ may be left unaccompanied

Drawing & Shadow Puppet Workshops - children aged 5+ may be left unaccompanied, permitted parents remain within the building

Palaces and Jungles - children must be accompanied by adults at all times 

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