Three dancers dressed in bright Indian costumes pose inside brightly coloured, giant frames
Past Event

A Weekend Without Walls: Mughal Miniatures

Sat 27 - Sun 28 May 2023

A vibrant outdoor performance event for all the family, Mughal Miniatures takes inspiration from the traditional art of Indian and Persian miniature painting.

Sonia Sabri Company presents Mughal Miniatures an upbeat and fun outdoor production, with performers in sumptuous costumes creating vibrant and colourful mini worlds of dance, music and puppetry. A series of pop-up, living pictures evoke scenes of Indian princely courts and lush gardens, and the glory of the Mughal period with a contemporary twist, undercutting expectations and delighting and surprising passers-by.

We invite you to step back in time and join us at court to meet the feisty Queen; to dance as if no one is watching in the monsoon; to tame a cheeky peacock; to hunt in the forest; and to join in the procession of noble elephants. But everything is not as it seems, and our well-behaved characters have grown tired of their restrictive frames. With the help of you our audience they can break free not only of their pictorial frames, but also of society’s expectations.

Indian miniature painting of 9th and 10th century was hugely multicultural, drawing inspiration from many peoples and cultures. Fittingly therefore, as with all Sonia Sabri Company’s work, this project is about bringing different artists, forms and cultures into dialogue with each other and demonstrating their complementary nature, as a metaphor for our diverse society at large.

Mughal Miniatures is funded by Arts Council England, Creative City, Birmingham City Council, Applause & Creative Estuary. Supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Hat Fair and Brighton Festival. Further support from Birmingham Hippodrome, FABRIC & Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Brighton Festival is a partner in WithoutWalls, a consortium of festivals and arts organisations bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across England. Find out more on

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