25 years of Smethwick Mela culminated in a special music programme in Victoria Park in Birmingham.
First opened in 1889 over 14 hectares, Victoria Park is a typical example of a civic, municipal park developed in city suburbs across the country.
The Nutkhut team attended this years event and discovered the rich tapestry of Mela’s in the Midlands. One of a number of annual Mela’s in Victoria Park, this demonstrates a real thirst that Mela audiences have for diverse work, culturally diverse programme, attended by intergenerational audiences.
A nostalgic connection with the past, identity and memory was a clear theme that ran through the day. Headline artist Kulvinder Billa reminded us of a young version of the great Gurdas Maan. His opening number spoke of the collective connection with home, homeland and what’s left behind, without being downbeat, it was a positive and open celebration of new beginnings.
Smethwick Mela is a genuine, local event, clearly much loved, with an old fashioned community feel.
From July 2019 Never Set Eyes features as part of the Theatre and Performance Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Kensington.
Following a successful tour of festivals in 2018, Nutkhut were then invited by the University of Greenwich to continue the story of Partition as a live installation at the Stephen Lawrence.
Designers Abby & Alice were invited to reimagine aspects of the story of partition into a unique narrative.
Mela Artists Showcase Sessions:
An Open call for inspiring and creative artists and companies to pitch new and tour ready work.
Deadline- 16th August 2019.
Newcastle Mela: 25th August- Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Mela’s are an integral part of British culture and we are looking for artists to pitch new, diverse and exciting ideas about existing or developmental outdoor projects to a panel of Mela organisers, producers, curators and promoters.
We are looking for:
• New or Tour ready outdoor work
• A diverse range of ideas that would capture the interest of all generations.
• Medium scale to small scale projects.
• 10-minute max pitches.
How to apply:
Please register your interest by emailing any film links, online images, a short background to the company, artist and show to Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org by 16th August 2019, 10am.
The pitching session will take place at Newcastle Mela on 25th August 2019.
Travel and/or accommodation grants will be available to successful applicants.
While not mandatory, references or letters of support from a promoter, funding officer or peer may be included in your email to Emma.
It’s the 17th edition of the London Mela this year!
New Music, new talent, the heartbeat of diverse London – for a full weekend of high quality, intergenerational and diverse craziness, get down to Southall Park on the 31 August and 1 September – it’s the last weekend of the summer holidays, so why not finish on a high!
London’s best kept secret – Evening Standard