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The Rose and the Bulbul – Geffrye Museum

Light the lamp of love and enlighten my mind’ – Mian Mohammad Bakhsh, Saif-ul-Malook sung by Arieb Azhar.

Coke Studio artist Arieb Azhar joins dancers and musicians to celebrate the unity amidst diversity expressed through the symbols of the rose and the bulbul (nightingale), in the beautiful gardens that will be the settings for performances this summer.

The Rose and the Bulbul is a family-friendly performance with professional and community-based performers that taps into the love affair that humans have with creating gardens. It will be dedicated to the memory of MP Jo Cox: “We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us”.

The performance of dance, music and spoken word were inspired by the ideas that shaped the gardens at Stockwood Park, Luton. The title ‘Rose and Bulbul’ is derived from the significance of the rose as the symbol of beauty and perfection both in Persian literature and equally important in the English heritage as a Tudor emblem. The bulbul is the Indian equivalent of the nightingale, which represents the woods and wilderness beyond the cultivated garden. Indian and Persian poetry is replete with references both to the rose and to the nightingale.


Stockwood Park

Friday 14, Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July, 12 pm & 3 pm

Stockwood Park, Stockwood Discovery Centre,

London Road,

Luton LU1 4LX

Tickets £5/£3 (concessions). Under-fives free.


Geffrye Museum

Thursday 20 July, 7 pm

Geffrye Museum,

136 Kingsland Road,

London, E2 8EA

Tickets £12, £10 (concessions)


Horniman Museum & Gardens

Saturday 23 July, 12 pm

Horniman Museum & Gardens,

100 London Road,

Forest Hill,

London SE23 3PQ

Part of Indian Summer/Baaja, curated by Soumik Datta



Lauderdale House

Sunday 30 July, 12 pm & 3 pm

Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park,

Highgate Hill

London N6 5HG



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