Roopa Panesar playing the Sitar

Purvai – Warm Wind from the East

August – November 2017

An Lanntair Arts Centre and Museum nan Eilean Stornoway, Western Isles

The Purvai Festival 2017 will take place in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides over several months from autumn to winter 2017. The opening festival week will be 14-19th August.

Purvai festival will engage audiences with the rich history that exists between India and Scotland, celebrating the South Asian cultural heritage that is an integral part of Scotland today.

Originally inspired by the life and collection of Colonel Colin Mackenzie from Stornoway (1754 -1821) who mapped India, the Purvai project embraces traditional and contemporary art, music, textiles, literature, history and culture, charting areas of shared humanity between Gaelic culture and the Indian sub-continent. It thrives on the exchange of artists and ideas.

This project will involve launching the first ever exhibition of the Mackenzie Collection in Stornoway, An Lanntair is working in partnership with Museum nan Eilean to deliver this and the exhibition is due to open on Friday 11th August in the Special Exhibitions gallery of Museum nan Eilean and run until 18th November 2017.

Purvai project has an ongoing creative arts exchange project from which specially commissioned artistic collaboration of new and inspiring world class performances will inform the festival programme. Performances that will see the confluence of Gaelic psalm, Indian rag, ceol mor melodies and archive imagery from the Mackenzie collection.

Across the duration of the exhibition Purvai will deliver a festival and series of events encompassing Gaelic and Asian culture including, visual arts exhibitions, theatre performances, education programme, arts and crafts activities, special Diwali celebrations and a family festival day.

Purvai will be a truly distinctive festival and celebration not to be missed.

Purvai project 2017 has been made possible by funding from Event Scotland year of History Heritage and Archaeology and Heritage Lottery Funding.

For more information about Purvai email Catherine@lanntair.com

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