14-19 August

Roopa Panesar playing the Sitar

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.

Collector Extraordinaire exhibition – 11th August – 18th Nov 2017: at Museum nan Eilean Inspired by the Mackenzie Collection of Asian art and antiquities collected by Stornoway-born Colin MackenzieAcross the duration of the exhibition

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.

Highlights include:

  • 17 Aug –  New passages – literature cabaret
  • 18 Aug –  Yatra – new musical score charting the journey of Mackenzie
  • 19 Aug – Family Festival day, children’s performance, arts and craft workshops activities for all the family.
  • 19 Aug – Late;  night club night of electronic dance music


Purvai events will continue throughout 2017.  Sign up to our mailing list (ticking the Purvai option) to get all the latest news about Purvai.

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