Lighting Up Kedleston

Lighting up in celebration of Diwali

Lighting Up in celebration of Diwali, Kedleston Hall is thrilled to collaborate with Surtal Arts this autumn, to host world renowned Rangoli artist Ranbir Kaur.

The festival of Diwali usually falls between mid October and mid November as detemined by the Hindu lunar calendar. Diwali itself is traditionally celebrated on the festival's third day, which this year falls on Saturday 26 October 2019. Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, Diwali has many origin stories and is mentioned in ancient Sanskrit texts.

Rangoli art is traditionally created outside on doorsteps at Diwali. It contains intricate, bright, colourful, symmetrical designs and is made using rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals.

" Rangoli plays an important part during Diwali. It is an auspicious symmetrical pattern usually created on the floor, using flowers or coloured power, at the entrance of a house/courtyard to welcome people. It is believed to have a calming effect on visitors and thought to bring good luck to all who crosses it."
- Nisha Nash, Surtal Arts

Get involved

Thanks to Surtal Arts, the leading South Asian Arts development agency based in Derby, the world's leading Rangoli artist, Ranbir Kaur, will be leading Rangoli sessions for visitors this October at Kedleston Hall. The sessions will contribute to a large outdoor Rangoli, designed by Ranbir, that will go on display in the garden at Kedleston once completed, on 2/3 November 2019.

A Rangoli created by Ranbir Kaur
A Rangoli created by Ranbir Kaur
A Rangoli created by Ranbir Kaur

To echo the 800 acres of parkland surrounding the hall, the materials used for this Rangoli will be collected from the woodland floor and in the garden at Kedleston, including acorns, autumn leaves and fallen twigs.

You can download your own Rangoli sheet, designed by Kerry Lesley, to colour in at home right here. (PDF / 0.84375MB) download

Join in on 28 - 31 October, between 11am - 3pm, outdoors in the garden at Kedleston. There is no need to book, just turn up and spend as long as you wish helping to create this special installation. This is a free activity and everyone is welcome to join in.

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 Saturday 26 October 2019. 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 to cover the costs of materials.

Make a diva
Make a diva at Kedleston in celebration of Diwali
Make a diva

More information about Surtal Arts and Ranbir Kaur.

Surtal Arts are the leading South Asian Arts development agency based in Derby which connect people and communities with South Asian and British Asian arts and heritage and to play a cutting-edge role in the creative economy and help break down barriers. It creates and programmes high quality concerts, events, festivals workshops and commissions with regional, national and international artists across all arts forms from the South Asian subcontinents.  For more information visit

Ranbir Kaur has over 30 years experience of working with communities and creating Rangoli installations across the world. She also holds the world record for the largest Rangoli. You can view her recent exhibitions and installations at

Lighting up in celebration of Diwali

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