Royal Docks Original Voices: How to Taste the Magic of the Rainbow

Royal Docks Originals

Royal Docks Original Voices: How to Taste the Magic of the Rainbow

Rainbows are a symbol of hope - so what does hope mean for a place where world trade, goods, food, people, sexuality, identity and race, all over-lapped?

This conversation with Rian Coulter from Bompas & Parr, globally recognised as the leading experts in multi-sensory experience design, will be a fun and joyous look at rainbows and their symbolism. We will unpick the history and science of the rainbow, as well as exploring the themes of sexuality and identity in the Royal Docks area.

Find out how by working with Royal Docks communities, local history has inspired and informed Bompas & Parr’s brand new installations for Royal Docks Originals - the Flavour Rainbow and a huge rainbow over Royal Victoria Dock.

This is definitely one for the rainbow-lovers, foodies, or artists wanting to find more about the creative process of turning ideas into a reality.

Hosted by Momtaz Begum-Hossain:

Momtaz Begum-Hossain is a Colour Expert, award-winning Journalist and Royal Docks resident. She’s worked as a professional Writer and TV Presenter for over a decade for outlets like The Guardian, Asiana, HuffPost, gal-dem and the BBC. Her travels around the world have seen her interviewing some truly inspiring minds, while back in London she’s hosted live events at venues such as BFI Southbank and Wilton's Music Hall. Her third book Hello Rainbow: Finding Happiness in Colour is published in December 2021.

Panelist: Calu Lema

Calu is a gender fierce queer activist passionate about decolonising identities, visibility, anti-oppression work, inclusive intimacy and creative pleasure. They facilitate genderqueer rituals, events and spaces for personal and communal growth. Their story has been shaped by internal and external migration journeys that has led them to advocate for body autonomy, LGBTQ+ rights and intersectional feminism.

Who is this for: Rainbow lovers, food lovers, LGBTQ+, the history of the rainbow,

Takeaways: Learn more about rainbows, how you turn ideas into reality, creative process unpacked.

Time & date

27 October


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For your visit

Art & Culture

Lightship 93

A photo shoot location like no other: a meticulously-preserved lighthouse vessel.

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Food & Drink


This Chinese restaurant occupies a floor of the London Regatta Centre overlooking the Docks, meaning diners can plane-watch over a plate of dim sum.

Royal Albert Dock
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Places To Stay

Travelodge London ExCeL

A good budget choice, eight minutes walk from the ExCeL centre.

Royal Albert Dock
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