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Lancashire Encouter

South Asian Artistic Input

Date: Saturday 22 September

Time: 12pm - 6pm

Cost: Free

Location: The Harris

The Harris has your Saturday sorted with a packed programme of South Asian arts and performances as well as opportunities to get hands-on.

Henna art - Nirali Parekh

Have your hand beautifully decorated by Nirali Parekh. Nirali will use Mehndi to create traditional tattoo patterns whilst incorporating the Lancashire Rose into the design.

Mehndi is an ancient form of body adornment with many significant meanings. Whilst the art of henna tattooing is a cultural practice that dates back 5,000 years, henna tattooing today is used as a popular form of expression for luck and happiness. You can also find henna tattooing in many ceremonial practices, including Indian weddings.

Capturing Lancashire with a Turkish influenced art - Heal Banu and Adam

Witness the creation of the iconic County Flower of Lancashire being created by the enchanting technique of the traditional Turkish art of Ebru Marbling.

Ebru Marbling is the art of painting on water using special tools, including brushes made of horsehair bound to straight rose twigs. Whilst the end result is beautiful, Ebru is one of the few art forms which is more mesmerising whilst being created. Everyone will be encouraged to take part in painting the Lancashire Red Rose on water before capturing it on paper.

Artee craft - Shreya Ghodke

Fabric Birds Home Decor: Lancashire has a rich heritage of cotton fabric manufacturing. Keeping this in mind, a home decor project will be crafted using assorted scraps of printed cotton fabric, brads, thread etc.

This vibrant hanging decor piece is traditionally used in Indian houses to add a bright splash of colour and welcoming look to living spaces.

Artee craft - Rakesh Ghodke

Faith Covenant Multi-Faith Rangoli Design: A Rangoli design template will be created beforehand using various cultural and religious symbols representing multicultural dimensions of Lancashire.

Participants will be able to try their hands on traditional Rangoli design techniques using Rangoli powder and various tools. The finished artwork will be gifted to the Harris Library.

Abhinanadana MK Dance Academy

Abhinanadana Dance Academy are a Preston based Indian dance institution which will present Classical, Folk and Bollywood performances. For Lancashire Encounter, they will dance in tune with the theme of Lancashire, representing the unity in the diverse cultures and traditions of the County.

Bollywood dance is a beautiful blend of various dance styles, including Indian classical, hip-hop, salsa, street dance and belly dance. The dance troupe will present a medley of all these dances, which will be choreographed in fusion-style, representing Lancashire. Lancashire is well known for its cotton mills and, through costumes, the colours, designs and simplicity of the materials available in Lancashire will be showcased.

Dance workshop

This Bollywood dance workshop will be conducted by dance experts to encourage and involve the audience to perform along with the group. There will be a quick Bollywood tutorial at the beginning, helping you to learn some of the steps.

Map address for The Harris

The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP.

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