Amani Mitha
Courtesy of Milapfest

For over 31 years, Milapfest, one of Europe’s largest festivals of Indian classical arts, has been taking place in the vibrant city of Liverpool. The historic port city, renowned for its dedication to music and culture prides itself on holding countless festivals and is home to many tourist attractions, but this is one of the more exuberant.

Milapfest is currently situated in the Capstone Building, which can be found among the Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus. The campus hosts a brand new performing arts theatre and multiple training spaces, all amidst the multiple award-winning Angel Field Gardens.

The connection between Liverpool Hope University and Milapfest is a strong one, and provides a unique chance for young people in Liverpool to explore Indian artforms, while also providing cross-cultural engagement between wider communities.

Starting off as a single Indian Cultural Evening , Milapfest soon moved to become a seven-day festival, and it now also hosts a yearlong programme which provides education and artist development opportunities across the UK.

If you’re in Liverpool when the festival’s on, it’s well worth checking out the dance, films, visual arts and crafts – and did we mention the wonderful Indian food – on offer.

Liverpool Hope University, The Capstone Building, 17 Shaw StreetLiverpoolL6 1HP View map
Telephone: 01512913949 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Monday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday10:00am - 6:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Milapfest

Old Dock Tours, Liverpool

The Old Dock tour is a treat for younger and older visitors alike, fans of Liverpool’s maritime past, and anybody curious about local history.

£8.50 with concessions
Is This Thing On? at Shakespeare North Playhouse
Is This Thing On? at Shakespeare North Playhouse

Meet flatmates Mary and Liz, one a musician and the other a poet, as they battle over integrity, ownership, the spotlight and whose turn it is to buy the f*cking toilet roll. As their friendship reaches boiling point, one fateful open mic night forces them to confront each other over whose right it is to tell someone’s story.

from £5

Where to go near Milapfest

Capstone Theatre

The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool’s International Arts Venue, is a concert venue for leading national and international musicians, with a vibrant multi-arts programme.

O2 Academy music venue in Liverpool.
City Centre
Music venue
O2 Academy Liverpool

O2 Academy Liverpool (formerly the L2 and Carling Academy Liverpool) boasts two performance areas that host live music and clubnights.

Liverpool Central Library
City Centre
Liverpool Central Library

The final building in the World Heritage Site of William Brown Street to be revamped, the wonderfully restored Central Library takes pride of place in Liverpool’s architecturally stunning Cultural Quarter alongside St George’s Hall, Walker Art Gallery and World Museum.

City Centre
Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery is a small but perfectly formed traditional gallery. It houses an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art from 13th century to present day. 

LJMU Exhibition Research Lab

Exhibition Research Lab is the first academic centre and art gallery in the UK dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of exhibitions and curatorial knowledge.

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