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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 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.

London Mela 2019

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

GDIF 2019

14 of our national partnership organisations attended GDIF 2019 this year.

A first for the Outdoor Arts sector and a first for GDIF – 3 days of shows, debates, seminars and meetings resulted in our partner orgs’ booking shows they had seen, meeting stakeholders, sharing case studies of good practice and most importantly of all, introducing the Mela sector to a range of international and national partners.



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.