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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
Wednesday 29 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.

Please scroll down for the full programme of events

The family fun finale of Nottingham Mela takes place at the beautiful Arboretum Park for a day of celebrations and family-friendly fun on Saturday 1 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.


Programme of Events

 

WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST

Peggy’s Skylight | 9pm​​ | £10 (SOLD OUT)
Zoe Rahman presents Zoe Rahman Trio


THURSDAY 30 AUGUST

​​​​​Nottingham Arts Theatre | 7pm | £6
Subhash Viman Gorania & Jyoti Kainth Double Bill 
A stunning double bill of dance combining movement and storytelling.

Jam Café | 9.30pm​​ | Free
Jasmine Rodgers and Mendi
Folk music with tabla
 

FRIDAY 31 AUGUST

Nottingham Arts Theatre | 7pm | £6​​​
Vidya Patel and Shammi Pithia: Converse
An extraordinary conversation between Katahk dance and contemporary live music


SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

New Art Exchange | 9am – 6pm | Free
Mela at NAE
Yoga, live music performances, creative family workshops, mehndi, face painting, storytelling and a special CaféBar menu

Oscar and Rosie’s | 7.30pm | £17.50
Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Rattan Singh and guests
Dinner and performance available


SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

Arboretum Park | 11.30pm – 6.30pm | Free
Family Fun Day Finale
With legendary music acts on the main stage, stunning performances and interactive dance, poetry and spoken word, dohl sounds and drumming circle, food, bar and craft stalls, Real Creative Futures workshop and showcase, children’s funfair, games, Rangoli, activities 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

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