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Nottingham Mela Festival 2018

New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire, NG7 6BE
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New Art Exchange | Hockley | Sneinton Market | Arboretum Park
​​​​​Tuesday 28 August - Sunday 2 September 2018

This year celebrates 30 years of the Nottingham Mela, the oldest of its kind in the UK. The theme is (un)Folding Time and considers history in today’s context. It will tell the stories of local and diaspora communities, support emerging creative talent and make links between the past, present and future.

This event is an arts and cultural feast of family activities, workshops, delicious street food, games, markets, live performances, exhibitions, art films, poetry and literature. The programme will capture the creative and cultural spirit of the city of Nottingham and the Midlands region. With a strong South Asian foundation, the 2018 Mela strives towards creating an inclusive and vibrant festival.

Events and performances will take place at New Art Exchange, Hockley, Sneinton Market and the finale on Sunday 2 September will be at the Arboretum Park

The family fun finale of Nottingham Mela takes place at the beautiful Arboretum Park for a day of celebrations and family-friendly fun on Sunday 2 September.

There will be South Asian street food, mehndi, dance workshops, craft stalls, creative activities for all ages as well as live music and dance performances across the two stages. Plus, a funfair for the little ones.

Start the day with a procession through the park and a drumming circle at the bandstand. The mainstage at the will showcase contemporary artists as well as returning favourites from previous years. Artists include Deepa Rasiya, Soumik Datta and Shin Parwana. At the interative dance stage, learn Bhangra and Bollywood dance with Bhangra Tots and see performances from the likes of Manushi Dance Company and Leena Patel. Get stuck in with a host of free workshops and activities for all ages, including poetry and creative writing, rangoli, mural making and more.

For details of the full events programme for Nottingham Mela 2018 please click here

Nottingham Mela is a partnership between New Art Exchange and the Nottingham Mela Network.

Read our blog: Nottingham Mela Festival 2017 : A Feast For The Senses

Opening Times

Nottingham Mela Festival 2018 (28 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018)

* Culminates with a free family fun day at the Nottingham Arboretum on Sunday 2 September

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