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Nottingham Mela

Start date: 9 Sep 2016

End date: 11 Sep 2016

Price: Free

Venue: New Art Exchange, Nottingham Playhouse and Nottingham Castle, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham

Venue address: New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, United Kingdom



Phone: 0115 924 8630

Nottingham’s annual South Asian celebration returns this September as Mela 2016, with a three day spectacular of music, dance, film screenings, sports, family friendly activities and delicious cuisine.

Friday 9 September: Nottingham Playhouse

Friday evening launches the Mela Weekender with a performance by dancer Kali Chandrasegaram accompanied by tabla artist Mendi, framed by the backdrop of Anish Kapoor’s majestic Sky Mirror.

Saturday 10 September: New Art Exchange

On Saturday, Mela celebrations continue at New Art Exchange. The day will start with recital by Violinist Achuthan Sripathmanathan and South Asian Bansuri flute recital by Nottingham-based Waqas Choudhary. Families can take part in workshops all day, including shadow puppets, storytelling, yoga, film screenings, henna and a feast of delicious food. Headlining Saturday evening is an exciting theatre performance, Tongue Tied & Twisted, where modern-day South Asian tales are interpreted into English for all cultures to enjoy. Live storytelling is fusing with a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and Classical South Asian sounds. This production by Black Country Touring with Peter Chand comes straight from Southbank’s Alchemy Festival.

Sunday 11 September: Nottingham Castle Grounds

Sunday’s festival takes place in the landscaped grounds of Nottingham Castle, as they open their gates for free to celebrate the national Heritage Open Days.

Nottingham Castle’s art gallery is transformed by a raag performed by Surmeet and Upneet Dhadyalla Singh. Harjinder Matharu, guru of tabla, leads a procession of dhol drummers into the grounds, and Bernhard Schimpelsberger uses the rhythms of tabla in an innovative percussion performance. Music performers include Navin Kundra, the  Afro-Caribbean-Bengali dub fusion sounds of Sooth Sayers’, and Nottingham’s own World Grooves, fusing Indian classical jazz and dub.

Manushi Dance Company will perform the graceful Kathak, celebrating their 20th anniversary, and Shakti Dance present energetic bollywood and bhangra styles. Performances are presented by the pioneering dance company, Akademi, who are dedicated to raising the profile of South Asian dance in the UK, and Nottingham’s own experimental dance organisation, Dance4 show new work choreographed by renowned kathak dancer, Nilima Devi MBE.