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  • Image courtesy: GemArts
  • Photography: Foteini Christofilopoulou, Dance: Pauline Reibell

GemArts Masala Festival

Start date: 11 Jul 2016

End date: 17 Jul 2016

Venue: venues across North East England


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GemArts Masala Festival 11th – 17th July – a mix and blend of the very finest South Asian Arts and Culture to the North East this summer.

GemArts Masala Festival brings a weeklong celebration, featuring an awe inspiring line-up of exciting, innovative and rare South Asian arts and culture, to venues and spaces across the north east. The programme is packed with award winning poets (Moniza Alvi, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Amali Rodrigo), specially curated short film screenings (ALIVE!), extremely rare Sattriya dance (Riverside Ragas: The Monks of Majuli),  family fun days (Mini Mela), Indian epics retold through dance (The Magic Fish), Indian classical and Brass Band collaborations (Just a Vibration: Shri Sriram), World music jazz fusion bands (Manjula), exhibitions exploring the beauty of Turban culture (Turbanism), and fantastic workshops (Yoga, Meditation, Bollywood Dance), talks (Identity and Politics) and demonstrations (South Indian cooking). GemArts Masala Festival offers a truly eclectic line up, spanning traditional and contemporary South Asian arts forms from the UK, South Asia and beyond!

The brand new festival is all about ‘firsts’, such as a very special opportunity for audiences at Sage Gateshead (16th July) to watch Monks from the beautiful island of Majuli, who are travelling to the UK for the first time to perform Sattriya, their joyful classical dance cultivated as a form of worship in the monasteries of Assam.

The festival finale brings Live Theatre’s new outdoor space to life with the Mini Mela and all the fun and flavours of an Indian Bazaar (17th July), offering families workshops, exciting performances, delicious Indian street food and loads of ways to join in. The day will also feature newly commissioned work for children and young people as ATMA Dance present The Magic Fish, an ancient Indian epic retold through dance, storytelling and beatboxing for young thinking minds.