Solihull Arts Complex

Diwali Light, Shadows & Neon too!

Diwali Light, Shadows & Neon too!

Enjoy Diwali themed family friendly arts, craft and dance activities at The Core

Join us to celebrate Diwali at The Core on Sat 29th Oct between 10am - 3.15pm.

Diwali, the Festival of Light, celebrates new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning "rows of lighted lamps”. Lighting lamps is one of the traditions of Diwali to invite good things into your life – health, wealth and prosperity.  See below about an art competition you can enter NOW.

On the day join free drop-in activities, as well as ticketed workshops, all presented by Art at The Heart CIC:

  • Creating giant Community Lanterns
  • Rangoli Pattern-making
  • Telling the Diwali story through Miniatures and Maxiatures
  • Dance Workshop and Neon Diwali Disco
  • Shadow Puppet-making–followed by a community performance
  • Candle decorating
  • Community Light Wall–add your good will message

Art at the Heart are collaborating with Aston University to explore new technologies so find out what they’re working on! Visit Art at the Heart CIC website to find out more!

Diwali Dance Workshop with Sohan Kailey (10am – 10.30am)

Get active and learn about Diwali through a fusion of Bhangra and Bollywood dance

FREE | Age Guide: 5+ | 30 mins |


Community Lanterns (10am – 12.15pm / 1pm – 3.15pm)

Help us to create giant and beautiful Diwali community lanterns.  We’ll be using richly coloured fabrics, tassels and sequins too!

FREE | Age Guide: 5+ | Drop In Session


Rangoli Patterns (10am – 12.15pm / 1pm – 3.15pm)

Create beautiful, colourful Rangoli patterns. Make one to take home or join in the communal Rangoli.

FREE | Age Guide: 5+ | Drop In Session


Giant Diwali Story Community Mural (10am – 12.15pm / 1pm – 3.15pm)

We're going big with telling the Diwali story and need your help to create the scenes!

FREE | Age Guide: 5+ | Drop In Session


Photo Booth Fun (10am – 12.15pm/1pm – 3.15pm)

Get into costume with fabulous face decorations and become Indian Royalty for the day!

FREE | Age Guide: 5+ | Drop In Session


Community Light Installation (10am – 12.15pm / 1pm – 3.15pm)

Diva Light Messages: Add your own personal Diwali messages and be a part of a giant community artwork.

FREE | Age Guide: 5+ | Drop In Session


Shadow Puppet-making Workshop and Performance (10.30am – 12.30pm)

Create your own Diwali story Character: take part in a mini performance. Friends and family can watch the performance free of charge.

£7| Age Guide: 5+ | 2 hours | BOOK HERE


Diwali Candle Creations (11.15am – 12pm)

A step-by-step guide on decorating a Diwali Candle. Pre-made candles will be provided

£7 | Age Guide: 7+ | 45 mins | BOOK HERE


Indian Miniature Painting (2.15pm – 3.15pm)

Create your own mini masterpiece depicting a scene from the Diwali story

£7 | Age Guide: 7+ | 1 hour | BOOK HERE


Neon Diwali Disco (2.30pm – 3.15pm)

A disco fusion of Bhangra, Bollywood and Neon Projections! Each ticket valid for 1 child (also admits up to 2 adults). Please note that a parent/guardian must remain with children throughout event (seats available in studio).  ⚠ WARNING Bright, flashing lights.

£3 | Age Guide: 5-10 years and parents | 45 mins | BOOK HERE


Children’s Art Competition

Before the event, enter a children’s art competition to win prizes.  The work will be displayed in our Courtyard Gallery so get creative now and submit your entry before midday on 26/10/22.

More info:

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Some workshops are payable and some are free.

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