26 October - 3 November 2019
Kedleston Hall, Derby DE22 5JH

Surtal Arts always love creating or taking culturally diverse arts to weird and wonderful places.  Therefore, we are delighted to be commissioned by National Trust to bring Diwali Festival of Light to one of Derbyshire's magnificent country houses -Kedleston Hall.


Diwali is the Indian Festival of Light, celebrated by millions of people across the world over five days every autumn - it celebrates triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil.


In the Midlands, the National Trust are celebrating through 'Lighting Up' events and activities in Derby and Birmingham. Fiona Bridges, General Manager of Kedleston Hall National Trust, said: “We are very pleased to be collaborating with Surtal Arts from Derby, as we join in the celebrations of Diwali by bringing the wonderful tradition of Rangoli to Kedleston Hall.  Diwali is a very special festival that brings people together and is hugely relevant for people today. The festival is a special time for communities across the region, so we are very pleased to be part of the region’s celebrations and look forward to welcoming visitors to our “Lighting Up events.”



We are collaborating with Kedleston Hall to host world renowned Rangoli artist Ranbir Kaur for Diwali this year!  Guinness World Record holder for the largest Rangoli, Ranbir will be leading creative sessions for visitors to participate in creating an outdoor Rangoli in the garden at Kedleston Hall. Using natural materials gathered from the parkland, people of all ages are invited to contribute to  creating an amazing Rangoli installation.  


Come and join in the Rangoli creation workshops:  29/30/31 October, 11am to 3pm 

There is no need to book, and it is open to all ages.  The sessions are outdoors so please wear suitable clothing and footwear.


The finished Rangoli will be on display 3 November 10am – 6pm and lit with candles.  #DiwaliNT

Grounds admission charges apply to non National Trust members visiting Kedleston Hall. 


Diva making session: Saturday 26 October 2019 11am to 3pm

Another integral part of Diwali, is the use of divas (oil lamp) and Ranbir will be leading a drop in diva making session at Kedleston on 26th Oct. Suitable for adults and children, you can make a diva to take home and a diva to go on the Rangoli at Kedleston. 


There is no need to book for this activity, there is a charge of £2 per person on the day to cover costs of materials. 


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