Arts Council England support Nutkhut’s National initiative of incorporating Mela into the wider Outdoor Arts sector.
The Arts Council has announced an investment to support Made in Mela: a national partnership to integrate Mela into the wider outdoor arts sector.
A programme of high quality work will reach family audiences through Melas in Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, London, Tunbridge Wells and Sandwell & Birmingham.
Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said:
“The Arts Council is dedicated supporting and promoting art forms which reflect the nation we serve. Nutkhut’s project is an important step towards recognising the south Asian celebration of Mela as a vital part in our collective culture. Hundreds of families and children across the country will be introduced to it in the best possible way.
Khairul Alam, Chair of Manchester Mega Mela said:
‘This unique opportunity recognizes the impact Mela has made on the cultural landscape of the UK. For almost 30 years, Mela has quietly existed on the fringes of the arts sector, but has remained an important and central moment in the lives of our communities – this initiative brings Mela in to the mainstream.”
Ajay Chhabra co-Artistic Director Nutkhut, said:
“Mela brings people together. Made in Mela is an exciting programme to support, develop and strengthen the outdoor arts sector, through artistic exchange, professional development and opportunities for all audiences to experience the best of diverse outdoor work nationally.”
The funding is part of the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Programme, which aims to give people better access to quality work in a range of venues to reach more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture. It welcomes applications for a wide range of arts on tour including, in particular, mid-scale theatre, inbound international work, and more work by and for people from diverse backgrounds.
In this round of the fund, there are nine successful applicants from London with a total investment of £1,389,779.
Information about the programme and application deadlines for future rounds can be found here.
#Mela Matters #1 – 2017
The first Mela Seminar of 2017 and launch of the Mela Matters Advocacy Document, in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, to mark the significant impact Mela and the Arts have made to South Asian communities in Britain today.
Copies of the document will be made available on the day and distributed to key stakeholders and funding bodies. There will also be an online version available on this website.
By invitation only.
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2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Partition. Through the power of the arts, Mela has transformed the way in which South Asian communities celebrate in the public domain. Led largely by volunteers, the Mela movement has grown to create a significant critical mass over the past 7 decades. Mela successfully engages with initiatives around social cohesion and integration, access and engagement all through the prism of the arts. To mark this anniversary and the contribution made by Mela in transforming perceptions of communities, The Mela Partnership kicks off the year with this key seminar with speakers and guests who have made a significant difference in public life to Mela and to the arts in general.
Speakers include representatives from the Outdoor Arts sector, ACE, ISAN and the University of Wolverhampton.
We are proud to announce that our 2017 Mela Parternship show, ‘Zamana’ will feature as part of Bradford Illuminate this October. Following a successful national tour to festivals in Birmingham, Luton, Tunbridge Wells, London and Manchester, this is our first night time show for ‘Zamana’ and will feature in the award winning City Park.
13 and 14 Otober 2017 – 8.15pm Friday & Saturday, City Park, BD1 1HY, Bradford
The success of ‘Zamana’ this summer has been largely due to local dance groups and dance instructors – we are proud to be working with Laura Liddon, who is the Dance for Life Coordinator in the Sport & Leisure Service for Bradford City Council.
This breath-taking new show by award-winning British arts companies, Nutkhut and The Dream Engine, features a stunning aerialist and dynamic dance.
Working to Nutkhut choreographer Manuela Benini’s movement, Laura has brought together a diverse group of 23 young men and women from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh backgrounds, who range from 9 – 29 – many of of whom have never danced in public before. This is the first time this group has come together, so we are very excited to be part of the development of both Laura and members of the group.
The show runs for 20 mins and is repeated on each day – For location, date and times, please click here