Sunday August 18, 2019



matt's trip to india

It’s been an incredible October at Eastside. I’ve recently returned from my first ever visit to India. I was privileged to represent Eastside at a series of meetings with International Partners including West Bengal Government, the British Council, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kinetika and the Totally Thames Festival as part of my visit to the city of Kolkata, the cultural capital of India.

I was totally overwhelmed by the incredible vibrancy of the city at a time when 50 million visitors attended the annual Durga Puja festival.  Durga is a much revered Hindu goddess whose mythology centres around combating evils and demonic forces that threaten peace, prosperity and the virtues of good people.  She is the fierce form of the protective mother goddess, willing to unleash her anger against wrong, violence and destruction to empower creation.  It seems like society could really benefit from more of this Durga energy at present.


I’m so pleased to report that this October we made a really great impact launching our new schools offer for Black History Month.  Over the course of the month, Eastside artists delivered 126 Hours of cultural learning, reaching 2,310 children across 11 different schools. Well done and huge thanks to everyone involved.  


Following on from this and in rhythm with our Hindu festivals connection we would love to help schools celebrate Diwali this November.


Why not journey with our artists as we step into a world of Hindu Gods and Goddesses with a Bollywood Dance adventure teaching pupils about an ancient Hindu Legend, whilst developing confidence, teamwork and movement skills? This workshop tells the Legend of the Goddess Durga, the many-armed goddess that fights evil forces, through storytelling and dance techniques.  Please book your workshop here.


Back soon,



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