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Nottingham Mela Festival 2019

New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire, NG7 6BE
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Nottingham Mela Festival 2019


New Art Exchange | Hockley | Arboretum
Wednesday 4 September 
​​​​​- Sunday 8 September 2019

Exploring the journeys of people, art, and society towards a more inclusive and vibrant world.

This year, the festival celebrates 31 years of Mela in the UK. The theme is Ilusions in Transit - exploring the journeys of people, art and society, and offering an exciting programme which captures the creative and cultural spirit of the city of Nottingham and the Midlands region.
With a strong South Asian root, there is a constant theme of embracing an inclusive and vibrant society.

The festival will include live performance, exhibitions, poetry, and a series of special community engagement commissions.

Hockley | NG1
Wednesday 4 - Saturday 7 September
Various Venues and Times

Launching with the incredible sounds of jazz pianist, Zoe Rahman; there will be spaces all over Hockley filled with South Asian rooted music and dance. From DJ sets to performances and demonstrations, Nottingham’s Creative Quarter will come alive with Indo-Jazz, contemporary and classical styles and forms. 

Wednesday 4 September | 8pm | Peggy's Skylight
Zoe Rahman Trio Feat Idris Rahman:  
Jazz pianist Zoe Rahman returns to Nottingham Arts Mela, and this year features her brother Idris Rahman of the Soothsayers (Afrobeat/Dub ensemble). A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, Zoe Rahman's style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste.

Thursday 5 September | 7pm | Nottingham Arts Theatre
Danstaan with Sarvar Sabri: 
Sonia Sabri Company brings a truly original performance of dance, live music and projected film. A meeting of interlinked cultures of familiar and unfamiliar lands, celebrating the unique diversity of Britain.

Thursday 5 September | 9pm | Oscar & Rosie's | Tickets: £5/ £7 on the door
Shin (DCS) Intimate Set: Enjoy an intimate live music performance of international standard with UK Bhangra legend.

Saturday 7 September | 7.30pm | Oscar & Rosie's | Free
Midnight Somersault: Enjoy South Asian sounds with tabla beats and electronica, creating futurisms in Hockley's leading pizza parlour.


New Art Exchange

Friday 6 | 6-9pm | Mela Double Bill Launch 
New Art Exchange will be hosting a panel discussion exploring process and contexts of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar 100 years on, with artists Nirvair Singh Rai, Janhavi Sharma and Manmit Singh, moderated by Skinder Hundal. As well as this, there will be a key thought paper presented by Ranjit Sondhi CBE plus a live DJ set in the NAE CaféBar. 

Saturday 7 | 9am – 6pm
Start the day with yoga accompanied by live tabla and Indian classical recital featuring Anupama Bhagwat. Later, the space is filled with global sounds presented by World Music Consortium – a plentiful array of family activities, workshops, henna and face-painting

A special exhibition, Memory of Land.​​ presented by Nirvair Singh Rai featuring Janavai Sharma marks 100 years since the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre  - also known as the Amritsar massacre which took place on 13 April 1919. The NAE Open will also take place.


Nottingham Arboretum (Waverley Street, NG7 4HF ) | Sunday 8 September | 11.30am – 6pm

The sizzling scent of jalebis, samosa, and chaat fill sthis beautiful botanical garden on Sunday. With craft and fashion stalls, live performances, poetry, arts workshops, as well as yoga in the well-being tent will entertain and delight all afternoon.

The line up showcases the very best of local and international talent including Aziz Ibrahim, Kefaya, Mashi Theatre, Manushi, Harjinder Matharu, and Biant Singh’s drumming circle to name but a few. Come rain or shine, everybody will be there to celebrate, participate and enjoy


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