Edinburgh India Institute

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events relevant to those who have an interest in India

2017 UK–India Year of Culture

The UK-India Year of Culture 2017 involves a festival of events celebrating 70 years since Indian Independence, and the vibrant cultural connections between the UK and India. Top UK institutions will partner with Indian counterparts to highlight existing cultural ties between the two nations, and to build new ones. Throughout the Year, activities are being organised by the British Council and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. More information on the official events can be found here and here.

Colonial Period Films of India

Of particular interest are early films  on India that have been digitised by the British Film Institute:

BFI head curator Robin Baker said: “Cumulatively, these films offer an extraordinary social and political story of Indian history, seen through the eyes of the filmmakers, and putting flesh on the bones of book facts with real people and very tangible places.”

“The potency of the films is remarkable and undeniable. They are as close as any of us are going to get to time travel.”

Find them here.

Key Events

Scotland has a strong set of historical and contemporary links to India in heritage, culture, ideas and the arts. A variety of events will celebrate and take forward Scotland-India links in Edinburgh and elsewhere throughout 2017 and up to March 2018. The Edinburgh India Institute will provide information on any events brought to our attention, so please contact us if you have information about exhibitions, performances, lectures or discussions concerning India up to the end of March 2018.

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Currently planned events include:

In Edinburgh


INDIA DAY 2017: A Talk by Dr Shashi Tharoor

Renowned Indian politician and former diplomat, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, will deliver a lecture, entitled 'Looking Back at the British Raj in India', and discuss how the British Raj has shaped the narrative around India-UK relations.

A book signing of Dr Tharoor's latest publication, 'Inglorious Empire', will be available for a short time after the lecture.

Date: 2 October 2017, 3-4:30 p.m.

Venue: McEwan Hall (Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG)

Admission: by Eventbrite registration here


HIGHLANDS TO HINDUSTAN: Indian Art from University of Edinburgh Collections

The University of Edinburgh enjoys a long-standing and productive relationship with India and an exhibition in the Library opening during the Fringe Festival this year, the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence, provides an excellent opportunity to showcase and celebrate the University’s historic collections relating to the sub-continent.

These objects – books, manuscripts, sculptures and paintings – collected over a period of 300 years, span two millennia of art and culture and are rich both in variety and depth. Most of the objects have never been exhibited in public before; this will be the first ever public exhibition of University Collections devoted to the art and culture of South Asia.

Curated by: Dr. Yuthika Sharma, Lecturer in Indian/South Asian Art, Edinburgh College of Art

Dates: 28th July - 28th October 2017


Venue: Exhibition Gallery, Main Library, University of Edinburgh, George Square; more details here



A photographic exhibition

Dates: 17th September - 1st October 

Venue: Mound Precinct. Here's the link to the project



This is due to open at The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh on Friday 15th December and will run until Sunday 15th April, 2018.

More details here



Elsewhere in Scotland



Falconer Museum, Tolbooth Street, Forres IV36 1PH

April 4th—October 31st, 2017 Tues —Sat, 10am—5pm Sun 1pm—5pm

More details: 

Also at  www.facebook.com/thefalconermuseum

Special weekend activities in May:

Sat 20th May – Indian Storyteller, Peter Chand in The Falconer Museum, with free family fun craft workshops, making Indian decorations, shadow puppets and ‘Holi’ powder.

Sunday 21st May (tbc) Free family fun in Grant Park. Stories, dance, song and mini ‘Holi’.



Previously communicated as the Paisley International Festival of Weaving

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2017

Paisleyhas a strong and significant link to India via the shared history of weaving, textiles and (of course) Paisley Pattern.

More details here




August – November 2017, at the An Lanntair Arts Centre and Museum nan Eilean Stornoway, Western Isles

The Purvai Festival 2017 will take place in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides over several months from autumn to winter 2017. The opening festival week will be 14-19th August.

More details here and