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India Unboxed Family Festival

29 July 2017, 10:30–16:00, FREE, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, Cambridge

Join the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) for a FREE day-long family festival both inside and outside the Museum this summer. Inspired by their latest exhibition, Another India, get hands-on with workshops, contribute to a large-scale art installation, explore the Museum trail and enjoy music and performances throughout the day. 

Inside the Museum

Theatre-maker and comedian Laura Mugridge is back in the Museum to run small capacity performances throughout the upper galleries, inspired by Another India. 
(Running for small groups every 15 mins, 10.30-1pm and 2-4pm.)

Object Handling and Craft Workshops 
Ever wanted to reach into a case and hold a real artefact? Now's your chance. Join staff and volunteers from MAA and the Museum of Zoology to handle amazing objects. Find out more about animals and India, then use your knowledge to create an animal of your own.

Indian Pattern Path
From paintings to pots, patterns are everywhere in India. Follow shapes and squiggles to discover the Indian designs in the Museum's collection and beyond.

Another India Exhibition
Drop in on Another India, a unique exhibition exploring the heritage of India's minority Adivasi ('original inhabitants') and Indigenous communities. 

PLUS.... the chance to see a very rare 19th century Snakes and Ladders board on special temporary display.

Outside the Museum

The fun continues in the Quad at the back of the Museum.

Giant Snakes and Ladders 
Contribute your own art creations to a large-scale 3D artwork inspired by the classic board game Snakes and Ladders, which has its origins in India. Play giant Snakes and Ladders complete with inflatable dice.

Snakes! Live
Join Animal Workshops Mobile Zoo and their two visiting snakes to find out how the keepers look after these amazing animals.
(Drop-in, 11-1pm)

Henna Demonstrations
Watch henna demonstrations and chat to the artists. Find out more about this beautiful traditional form of body art popular in India.
(Drop-in, 11-1pm and 2-4pm)

Interactive Workshops with Mashi Theatre
Join in with interactive storytellers and puppeteers Mashi Theatre to bring to life the Tales of Birbal, the centuries-old stories and legends treasured by generations across the Indian Subcontinent. Using humour, puppetry and tiny volunteer actors they will co-create the mythical tales of the great King Akbar and his wise companion Birbal. How can a man survive a night in a freezing lake? How many crows are there in a kingdom? Only Birbal knows.
(Three sessions after 1pm. Limited capacity: sign up for a place at the Museum information desk on the day)



Sweet Ally Scoops Vintage Ice Cream Van and the Churros Van are on hand with snacks to purchase between 12 and 4pm.


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