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Nutkhut have been commissioned by London based Certain Blacks to create 3 x 4 minute dance films for the Newham Unlocked Festival on 15 and 16 August 2020.

Saans (Breath) by Ajay Chhabra, takes us through 3 stages of a woman’s life.

Through the footsteps of a child, we enter a world of joy and playfulness in one of London’s oldest outdoor markets, Queens Market, to a world of peace and memory.

The film will premier as part of this unique online festival to a global audience and feature Sujata Banerjee, the UK’s foremost leading Kathak dancer and choreographer.

The theme ‘Dance like Nobody is Watching’ will absorb CCTV footage into the narrative for each film.

Newham Unlocked is an action-packed weekend of exciting dance showcases featuring talented performers popping up in everyday locations and streamed online, courtesy of Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and Newham Council.

Mayor Fiaz added: “We will work with a range of partners that already contribute to Newham’s cultural offer, as well as those that will be locating in Newham in the coming years. By 2022 some of the world’s leading arts and cultural institutions will be at the heart of London’s brand new cultural destination, East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will include BBC music studios, a Sadler’s Wells dance theatre, the London College of Fashion and a new Victoria & Albert museum.

Ajay Chhabra, writer and director of the film said, “It’s an honour and privilege to create a short film in London’s much treasured, Queens Market, a place that I’m familiar with since childhood. The memories of shopping here as a child with my mother come flooding in”.

Saans by Nutkhut pays homage to the disproportionate numbers from South Asian communities, who have lost their lives as a direct result of Covid-19.

For further details and press enquiries please contact:

Nutkhut is undertaking an exciting new history project about Fijian indentured labour and we’re offering free oral history training to members of the public as part of this project.

Project Girmit is Nutkhut’s Arts and Heritage initiative focusing on the indentured labour system in Fiji between 1870 and 1920.

After slavery was abolished in 1833, the British and other European powers started the indenture system to source cheap labour for their colonies.

Over 60,000 Indians were transported to Fiji between 1870 and 1920 as part of a legitimate but enforced mass migration.

Through the project, we’re looking to delve into this forgotten but essential part of history by sharing personal stories.

This is why we’re offering free oral history training to those interested in building a new skill and being part of this unique project.

We’re especially interested in hearing from people of Mauritian, Trinidadian and Guyanese heritage, as well as British-Fijian heritage, whose ancestors were indentured labourers.

The training will broadly explore the following:

  • What is oral history and understanding memory
  • Who to interview
  • Approaches to questions
  • An introduction to recording equipment
  • Dos and don’ts of interviewing
  • Practice interview
  • Documentation, including summarising, transcription, copyright, archiving


This oral history training will be delivered over Zoom on two consecutive mornings from 9.30am to 1.15pm, with half an hour breaks in the middle of the morning.

If you’re interested in taking part in the free oral history training with us, all you need to do is fill in this form and tell us why you would benefit from the session.

We’re keen to get started with the training soon, so please don’t hesitate to complete the form if you’re interested. We need all forms back by 22 August 2020.

The free session will be an enjoyable way for you to learn a new skill to add to your experience and understand more about the project.

If you have any questions, please email

Click here to complete the oral history training application form.

We’re looking for a Social Media Guru to join our team on behalf of the Mela Partnership!

If you have a great knowledge and enthusiasm for all things social online then we’d love to hear from you.

The Mela Partnership is an exciting outdoor arts consortium made up of 14 partners across the UK and our aim is to achieve a consistent, exciting, creative presence and interaction across social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube so a knowledge and understanding of all platforms would be required.

This role is offered on a monthly freelance basis (1 day per month initially) with heightened activity around specific performance and event dates.

For more details and a job description please contact

To apply please email your CV and covering letter outlining why you believe you would be perfectly suited to the role to: with ‘Social Media Application’ in the subject header.

Application Deadline:  31st May 2020

The Arts Council England’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic is providing unprecedented support to Individuals and organisations within the creative industries.

As part of that support Outdoor Arts UK have funding available to freelance and self-employed individuals working within the outdoor arts sector. This is aimed at those individuals who don’t fit into the ACE Emergency Funding categories and applications are encouraged from anyone usually employed within Mela, street arts, carnival, street dance and the outdoor festival context.

Full guidelines on how to apply can be found via the Outdoor Arts UK website.

Please do have a look at how to apply and to see if you qualify as the application deadline is 12 Noon on 23rd April 2020.