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Mela @ GDIF 2019

Image: KHOJ © Nutkhut / Cirque Bijou co-production – Luton Mela Photo: Dev Patel

The Mela Partnership and OutdoorArtsUK invite the UK Mela sector to attend a day of Outdoor Arts at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF).

As part of the GDIF Festival HUB – a gathering point for professionals working in the national and international Outdoor Arts sector – we would like to invite Mela producers, programmers, funders and artists to join us and discover more about Outdoor Arts in the context of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.

This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wider world of Outdoor Arts, learn about the structure of the sector and how the funding works, broaden your professional networks and, crucially, explore ways in which Mela and Outdoor Arts can work together in future collaborations and creative partnerships. Most importantly, it should be a very enjoyable day with the chance to experience some great shows and performances from around the world to offer inspiration, magic and celebrate creativity.

Who Are We!

Over the past two summers, we have been piloting a new way of identifying our audiences, where they come from and why they attend our events?

Our audiences are intergenerational, multi, sometimes try lingual, so we’ve started to apply this to the make up of our teams.

Welcome Simi and Reena!

The Partition of India in 1947 resulted in the largest mass migration in human history. 14 million Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, were displaced. This lit the fuse for a series of events that not only changed the Sub-Continent but also Britain forever. Partition carries a living legacy in the UK and across the world and this is one of the last opportunities to hear and learn directly from the generation who experienced this climatic upheaval.

Never Set Eyes (on the Land) follows the 2016 production of Dr Blighty exploring the story of wounded WW1 Indian soldiers who convalesced in the Royal Pavilion Brighton. The exhibition takes its name from a line in W.H. Auden’s caustic poem, ‘Partition’, written 20 years after the boundary lines of the Sub-Continent was drawn up by a British civil servant.

Capturing a part of this momentous event in 20th-century history, Nutkhut has worked—supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund—with Partition survivors, community groups, schools, heritage volunteers and artists to create this installation.

This exhibition is open at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery from 30th April to 17th May 2019 | Free

Private View: Wednesday 8th May, 6 pm

We’re growing our Stilt Walking family of Princesses, Maharajah’s and DJ’s!!

If you’re a Stilt Walker with great character and oodles of enthusiasm then we would love to hear from you.  We’re looking for walkers experienced on Pegs and Dura’s with a passion for outdoor performance and a love of characterisation.

This is a paid freelance role on an agreed daily rate, touring events and festivals throughout the UK and beyond!

To express an interest in the role please send a CV with head-shot, Show-reel and Covering letter to no later than 23rd April 2019.

Please Note:  Own stilts are not essential, though can be used if preferred.