Building a Bridge Between Diverse Culures Through Creative Arts.

Apsara arts promotes, shares and makes Asian arts accessible to all as means to improve quality of life within the community. We apply cultural & artistic disciplines to promote and celebrate diverse cultures and bring people together. We are a group of dedicated volunteers and artists who produce participatory projects of arts and heritage in community and educational settings.

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New term starting on Saturday 10th September at:

– Dance studio, CYTO, Oakley Road,
South Norwood, SE25 4XG

Children, Bollywood : 10.30am to 11.15am;
Teen : 11.15am to 12pm – Bollywood

56A Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR0 3RG
(corner of Albion Street, opposite Kwik fit & BP Garage)

Children/teen : 1pm to 1.45pm – Kathak
Children : 1.45pm to 2.30pm – Bollywood
Teen : 12.30pm to 3.30pm – Bollywood
Women : 3.30pm to 4.30pm – Bhangra/Bollywood

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diw-685857 HAPPY DIWALI

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is a major holiday signifying the victory of light over dark, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair.
Hindus honour the story of Lord Rama and his wife Sita, who returned from exile after defeating the evil king Ravanna.

Sikhs celebrate the Bandi Chhor Divas which translates to imprisoned release day. For them, the festival marks the day when Guru Hard Gobind freed and 52 princes himself from imprisonment. Jains commemorate Lord Mahavira, who attainted Nirvana on October 15 527BC.

The festival coincides with Hindu New Year but is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains.

Families mark Diwali with a five-day celebration, and share sweets and gifts with neighbours and friends.

Traditional earthen candles called diyas are lit, and homes are decorated with colourful lights and rangoli – patterns created on the floor with coloured rice or powder.

Families will share gifts with neighbours and friends and it is customary to give to those in need.

Hindus light lanterns in tribute to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. In India, many will leave their doors open to welcome Lakshmi into their homes.

Huge firework displays are organised around the world, representing the celebrations that took place on Rama’s return.

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National award for Public engagement & learning
initiated by Arts Voluntary England
Award for outstanding contribution to the culture and art
in the London borough of Sutton