Each year, Girmit Day is marked by the Indo-Fijian community on the 14th May. Girmit Day reflects the shared past of ancestors brought together in distant lands by the British colonial indenture system in Fiji. Girmit Day also marks the birth of the community’s identity and their uniqueness as a diaspora.
To mark Girmit Day this year, the Nutkhut team is engaging in two exciting events on Friday 14th May and we invite you to join us for both:
10am – 11.20am – ‘Going Somewhere’
Celebrating Women of Indian-Fijian Heritage Nutkhut Associate, lawyer Angena Bhagwandeen will chair the partnership event and the discussion will focus on celebrating women of Indian-Fijian Heritage. It will feature presentations and readings by Nutkhut’s Learning and Engagement Manager Ellie Newland, artist Shivanjani Lal, economist and activist Dr Faiza Shaheen and journalist Rebecca Singh.
Register your free place HERE
12 Noon – Girmit Talks
We’re inviting you to mark Girmit Day with us as we bring together the core team behind the Girmit project, to focus on the work we have achieved and highlight the education toolkit. We will also be launching our graphic novel by Tui Ledua.
You’ll be able to view both events online via our social media channels at 12 Noon, or via our YouTube Channel HERE
If you’d like to learn more about this project you can explore the World of Girmit via www.girmit.world
We’ve partnered with Continental Drifts and Global local for this years ground breaking London Remixed Festival taking place to a global audience on 26th and 27th March 2021.
This global remix special, will be taking place in Lost Horizon, the world’s largest virtual reality music and arts venue, showcasing artists and genres from around the world embracing the digital arena and highlighting a tiny portion of our remixed planet.
We are proud to be associated with this years Festival. The past year has seen a period of change and adaptation which has brought new people, new artists and new ways of working together. We have fast tracked change in the arts by pressing the reset button and working with arts across the world on one single event and are looking forward to two fantastic evenings of entertainment which will include artists representing new culture from the Asian Diaspora.
You can join us live via the link below on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th March from 8pm – 1am (GMT).
The UK’s biggest South Asian Festival LONDON MELA goes online and virtual to create the world’s first global Asian diaspora festival
The 18th edition of South Asian culture-fest, London Mela will be held online and virtually for the first time ever on 7-8 November 2020. The much-loved festival is reinvented as a digital and virtual reality event; Melatopia, featuring South Asian music, dance, food, and culture for a one-of-a-kind festival experience within an immersive VR experience in Sansar.
Usually performed at the festival’s home in Southall Park, we’ve embraced the digital realm with the first Virtual Reality Mela ever staged, to keep everyone safe during COVID 19.
The award-winning event’s producers Nutkhut, Mela Partnership and Remarkable Productions join forces with Shangri-La’s Lost Horizon Festival to create a new online virtual reality venue, MELATOPIA, which is built using Sansar, Wookey Technologies’ cutting-edge, photorealistic platform for virtual live events and can be experienced on PC, VR or mobile (iOS), plus will be streamed live on Twitch and across social media.
Audiences will be able to experience live artists, dance performances and DJs in an extraordinary VR online space specially created for the Mela. Whether viewed on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or wearing VR glasses, audiences will be able to engage with the performances and each other in new and innovative ways. Viewers are encouraged to book 7/8 November out in their diaries and invite friends and family to an online watch party. COVID 19 has stopped audiences visiting the Mela in London, so the London Mela will come to them wherever they are in our great city and wherever they are in the world.
The London Mela is best known for its adventurous programming and genre-crossing collaborations from an incredible mix of household names and contemporary artists. This year will be no different with US/Indian rapper The Raja Kumari headlining the show. In support we have an incredible collaboration between Juggy D and Pandit Ram Sahai Sangeet Vidhyalaya (PRSSV), 5 Tabla players from Singh Sabha Southall Education Centre in Southall.
Pop sensation and BBC Future Music Artist Celina Sharma features as well as Roma Sagarand Rio Jai. Punjabi Hit Squad promise to get the audience jumping around their front rooms with a barnstorming set. No Mela is complete without qawwali and the Mela is proud to present Chand Ali Khan, one of the UK’s most exciting qawwali talents, complete with 7-piece live band. Rounding of this first announcement, London Mela presents the legendary Panjabi MC, producer of the seminal Mundian To Bach Ke, possibly the greatest crossover dance tune from the South Asian diaspora.
All artists featured in Melatopia will be recorded exclusively for the event.
Ajay Chhabra, Artistic Director, Melatopia said:
“When a global diaspora meets new technology, change happens, The South Asian presence in Silicon Valley is completely engaged with Mela and Melatopia is our way of bringing people together in a time of isolation. Change creates challenging new opportunities. With so much change occurring all around us, from the very personal loss of loved ones to the major change artists and communities are facing the world over. Melatopia is our way to keep fearless ambition alive, to be bold, to take risks and to create a new platform for what we know best, the coming together of community and artists to create a new utopia, Melatopia! The South Asian Diaspora is international, with a footprint on every major continent, in every major city globally – In a time of isolation, Melatopia is an exciting new opportunity to bring this international diaspora of people together, by using new technology and cross arts form connections, to a new and intergenerational audience.”
Chris Macmeikan MBE, Lost Horizon said:
“We want to build festivals that the whole world can attend. In July of this year, our innovative work with VR and streaming at Lost Horizons attracted over 4m people from over 100 countries. That is why we are so excited that our second project is with London Mela. London Mela is already a hub to the entire Asian Diaspora. Now, we will create the world’s first Global Mela together.”
Sheri Bryant, President of Sansar said:
“Sansar is incredibly proud to introduce VR, PC, and mobile audiences to this immersive Mela Festival of Desi culture. With our partnership with Lost Horizon and now London Mela, we look forward to delivering art, community, and joy all rolled together into one amazing virtual festival the entire world can enjoy.”
Dates: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November 2020
Times: 15:00 – 03:00 (3PM to 3AM) GMT
Venue: www.londonmela.org the gateway to MELATOPIA within Sansar the global VR leader in live events
Melatopia streams live on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube
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Nutkhut and The Mela Partnership are offering a fantastic training opportunity to individuals within the Mela, Outdoor Arts and Carnival sectors. Nutkhut is looking to promote change in the wider outer outdoor arts sector by supporting a new generation of arts practitioners and arts leaders from diverse backgrounds. Alongside this we are on a mission to share our knowledge and experience, by teaming up with like-minded partners who share our vision.
In conjunction with the multi award-winning social enterprise Cause4, we are providing a 4 day training course to strengthen your skills and instil good practice, developing lasting Covid19 resilience.
The 4-module course will be delivered over Zoom video calling. Participants are required to attend all sessions for the benefit of their organisation and the programme as a whole. Sessions will take place on the following dates:
Application deadline is Monday 5th October 2020.
Successful applicants will be notified on or before 7th October. Please check your spam folder to ensure you don’t miss our communications!
You can contact Louise Green, Project Manager if you have any queries: email@example.com
Please click here for our short application process.