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For: Adults, families, under 5s
Duration: 5hrs
Entry type: Free drop in
Visitors enjoying a paper craft activity at the museum during a special event

Getting crafty

Visitors enjoying a paper craft activity at the museum during a special event

Celebrate London’s diverse Caribbean culture in this free family festival

Get moving with Nzinga Dance in our East Caribbean dance workshops or have fun and party with entertainer Amber Play-worker. Come and create colourful crafts with our Indo-Caribbean community artists and get stuck into a range of food-themed workshops. A variety of our Caribbean partners will be taking over the museum in celebration of this diverse, vibrant culture.

This event is free, but some activities will require tickets. Booking for ticketed events will open three weeks before the festival.

Highlights

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Caribbean trickster tales

11–11.30am, 12.30–1pm & 2–2.30pm | Ages 5+

Join Wendy Shearer, storyteller and author of African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths & Legends to hear stories of common tricksters of the Caribbean.

Tickets will be released three weeks in advance

A girl participating in a dance workshop

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Nzinga dance and crafts

11am – 4pm (select times) | Ages 5+

Get on your dancing shoes with Nzinga Dance, learn historic Bamboula dance or contemporary Soca moves. Families can also drop in to Caribbean flag-making in-between sessions.

Timings and tickets for the dance workshops will be released three weeks in advance

A family of four in a garden. Image courtesy of DK Books.

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Recipe room

12.45–1.45pm & 2.30–3.30pm | Ages 5+

Join Ella Phillips and Darryl Gadzekpo, authors of From Plant to Plate and founders of Electric Future Foods in this delicious food-making workshop. Come and share your food stories, explore ingredients from garden to plate and cook up a storm.

Tickets will be released three weeks in advance

A child and adult at a food-making workshop

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Pattie-making workshop (Friday only)

11.15am – 12.15pm, 1–2pm & 2.45–3.45pm | Ages 7+

Prepare delicious Caribbean patties with Balmaids Kitchen, inspired by tasty family recipes.

Tickets will be released three weeks in advance

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Inclusive Caribbean performance (Friday only)

12.45–1.05pm & 3.15–3.35pm

Marvel at Dance Duo Amber and Gabriel as they showcase a spectacular, inclusive Caribbean dance performance.

Tickets will be released three weeks in advance

Free drop-ins

Dance party (Friday only)

11am – 4pm (select times) | Ages 3+

Dance, jump and have a blast with entertainer Playworker Amber. The whole family are invited to come and bust a move in these 30 minute dance parties.

Carnival ready

11am – 1.30pm & 2.30–4pm | Ages 3+

Create your own carnival headdress in preparation for the Carnival weekend! Using card, paper and other craft materials make your own headwear and decorate however you like.

Community showcase space

11am – 4pm | All ages

Learn more about the Caribbean through our community's objects, histories and games with Taking Shape.

Butterflies of the Caribbean

11am – 12.45pm & 1.45–4pm | Ages 3+

Get creative with Indo-Caribbean artist, Salina, and design your own butterfly inspired by the national butterflies of the Caribbean, whilst exploring her very own artwork!

Cultural crafts with Araba Scott

11am – 12.30pm & 1.15–4pm | Ages 5 +

Create your own artwork based on the stories of artists of the Caribbean.

Caribbean art & design stories

11am – 12pm, 12.15–1.45pm & 2.15–4pm | All ages

Join Donata Miller-Obebe, a curator from the V&A’s Global Africa team for a presentation of Caribbean artists, designers and their works from the 1960s to now. Exploring a variety of artistic responses from textiles to photography, this stand encourages everyday Caribbean agency and creativity.

Talks

All day, with timings confirmed on the day | Adults

Join a themed talk with our museum staff and get to know more about our galleries, collections and stories.

Music & vibe

DJ set

12–2pm | All ages

Groove and vibe to DJ Melvina Move's set and enjoy Our Community Curated Caribbean Playlist all day. Listen, move or unwind in our music and chill room.

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Event times

  • 11am
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Event access

Some activities may require advance booking. Tickets will be released closer to the event.

Free drop in