Thursday 28 October 2021
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Nottingham Mela 2021: Mini Mela, a three-day takeover of New Art Exchange,

Nottingham Mela Network have organised a Mini Mela, a three day takeover of New Art Exchange, based in Hyson Green.

From Friday 10-12 September, NAE will be the central hub for a vibrant and family friendly Mela programme full of free events and activities including live music, dance, storytelling, poetry, yoga, art workshops, a henna zone, giant puppets, DJ sets. Plus there will be a delicious desi menu created by the NAE café. 

On Friday 10th Sep, we’ll kickstart Mela with workshops for schools, working with resident Mela visual artists Ismail Khokon and Shamila Chady. 

The official Mela launch will be on Friday 10 Sep, from 6-8.30pm, with a live sitar and tabla performance with String Beats, and a beautiful ghazal performance led local musician Sashwati Walia.

On Saturday 11th September, from 10.30 – 6.30pm, the programme includes Bollywood and Bhangra workshops for all ages, storytelling with Mashi Theatre, visual arts workshops with Shamila Chady and Ismail Khokon, dohl and tabla performances, and a special Mela procession with our Gulabi Warrior giant puppets, a project inspired by a women’s rights movement in India. We’ll end the day with an energetic DJ set with Amrita Kaur Kalsi!

On Sunday 12, we begin the day with yoga and live tabla with Mendi Singh and Parmjit Sagoo, followed by a calming music recital with Mendi will be joined by violinist Olivia Moor. Throughout the day, there will be storytelling with Peter Chand and Mashi Theatre, Kathak performances with Manushi Dance and Ankita Sethi, art and crafts workshops, poetry and spoken word performances with Jay Sandhu and Jai Verma’s local poetry collective Kavya Rang. 

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Throughout the weekend, there will also be a small digital Mela programme featuring:

  • Adivasi Life and Folklore: Short films by Seral Murmu, Sunday 12 from 2-3.30pm 
  • Song of the Caged Bird: Qawwali Performance and Q&A with Jameela Nishat, Saturday 11 from 4.30-5.30pm
  • ‘The Politics of Reading and Writing: a conversation with Anjali Kajal and Kavita Bhanot, Friday 10 from 4-5.30

Whether people want a party atmosphere or to chill and relax, there will be something for everyone!

The Nottingham Mela Network is a partnership between New Art Exchange, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Asian Arts Council (NAAC)

Full details are on NAE website: Events | New Art Exchange (