The Mughal Miniatures Dance Party

Sat 1 Jun, 12 noon
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall
Family & young people
Four south asian women stand on a colourful stage wearing bright traditional clothing
Simon Richardson

Enjoy a vibrant outdoor performance as pop-up pictures come to life, learn new dance moves in a fun workshop, and put them into action with a live DJ to keep the party going.

Step back in time and to another continent to meet the feisty Queen, to dance as if no one is watching in the monsoon, to tame a cheeky peacock, to hunt in the forest and to join in the procession of noble elephants.

Mughal Miniatures celebrates and takes inspiration from the exquisite traditional art of Indian and Persian miniature painting, presenting a series of pop-up, living pictures which evoke scenes of Indian princely courts and lush gardens. The glory of the Mughal period is contrasted with a contemporary twist, delighting and surprising passers-by.

But everything is not as it seems and our well-behaved characters have grown tired of their roles. With the help of the audience, they can break free from their picture frames and the actions that are expected of them.

Between performances, join in with a participatory dance workshop led by dancers from Sonia Sabri company and take to the dance floor yourself with sets from DJ Ritu.

Sonia Sabri Company is a dynamic company which has established an international reputation for presenting Kathak dance in a contemporary context. The company creates work relevant to modern audiences that is inspired by Indian and British culture, and the rich possibilities that arise when they meet.

DJ Ritu MBE is a trailblazing broadcaster, turntablist, and radio and podcast producer, who is the voice of global music show A World in London. She’s a pioneer of the 1990s Asian underground and bhangra scenes, and introduced and promoted these sounds across the world. In 2023 she was awarded an MBE for services to music and broadcasting throughout her almost four-decade career.

DJ Ritu stands at the decks with headphones on in a white shirt smiling at the camera.

Need to know

Age recommendation

Performances and DJ can be enjoyed by all ages.
Workshops are recommended for ages 5+

This is a Relaxed Event. Relaxed Events have a relaxed approach to noise and movement in the space and you are free to come and go.

A chill-out space and noise-cancelling headphones are available for both adults and children. There are no adjustments to sound and lighting for this event and it contains amplified live and recorded music and energetic movement.

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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12 noon – 1pm: DJ Ritu live set
1pm – 1.45pm: dance workshop
1.45pm – 2pm: Mughal Miniatures performance
2pm – 3pm: DJ Ritu live set
3pm – 3.45pm: dance workshop (repeat)
3.45pm – 4.10pm: Mughal Miniatures performance (repeat)
4pm – 5pm: DJ Ritu live set

Dates & times

Sat 1 Jun, 12 noon
Approximate run time: 5 hours.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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