Celebrate Diwali and the triumph of light over darkness. This evening includes art and craft workshops, DJs, and special musical performances. Visitors can also discover the museum’s wonderful collection of Indian arms and armour, including spectacular bejewelled daggers and swords. Curated by renowned musician and multimedia performer Bishi and leading craft expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain.
Activities will finish at 9.30pm, but the bar will remain open until 11pm.
Free, but booking essential.
Musician, Artist, Multimedia Performer, Producer and Curator, Bishi was born in London of Bengali heritage. Bishi received musical training in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles, including study of the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar.
Her first two albums, Nights at The Circus & Albion Voice were recorded in creative partnership with Musician & Artist, Matthew Hardern, with live performances that explored interactive multimedia and video projection.
Bishi’s collaborations & commissions for the stage have included The London Symphony Orchestra, The English National Opera, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Whitechapel Gallery and Nick Knight’s Showstudio.com and she has performed, as part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall, in the world premiere of Double Fantasy Live.
With Music Multimedia performance, ‘Albion Voice Live,’ Bishi has headlined KOKO in London, The Kitchen NYC and The Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank. ‘Albion Voice,’ features prominently in Julien Temple’s, ‘London The Modern Babylon,’ & was curated as a video piece at The Government Art Collection.
In 2018, National Sawdust in NYC commissioned Bishi to compose & premiere a new piece of for the opening of The FERUS Festival. This culminated in BISHI: The Good Immigrant, a song cycle for Voice Looper, Sitar & Electronics, co-produced with sound artist, Jeff Cook. The Song Cycle was inspired by ‘The Good Immigrant,’ collection of essays edited by Nikesh Shukla.
One of the UK’s leading Craft Experts, TV Presenter and a Journalist with over 15 years experience: there is no one quite like Momtaz Begum-Hossain.
The Author of three published books and Founder/Editor of CraftandTravel.com, her accolades include being Host of The Desi Woman Podcast (launched 2018), Editor of Popular Crafts Magazine the oldest craft title in the UK, Finalist at The Asian Media Awards 2015, as TV Presenter of The Year, and Founder of London’s most popular craft night, The Make Escape.
Momtaz has worked extensively in student, local and national radio including hosting three arts shows (Cable Radio, One Harmony and URF) and a Podcast and her TV experience includes working in children's TV, competing on a BBC craft reality show, commercial voice-overs, being an Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter and presenting a fashion and beauty series. Publishing highlights include Launch Editor Ethnic Restaurant Magazine, Editorial Director Asiana Wedding Magazine and Fashion Columnist, Trinity Mirror Southern as well as being published in The Guardian and The i Paper and The Independent.
She has designed craft projects for major brands, magazines and books and run craft workshops for over a decade for clients such as The Southbank Centre, National Wedding Show, V&A Museum, Hackney Council and Macmillan Cancer Support.
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