If you are looking for the very latest Nutkhut news, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re a seasoned stilt walker who loves playing exciting and energetic characters, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re expanding our team of Princesses, Maharajah’s and DJ’s and are looking for great character performers with oodles of enthusiasm.

We are looking for experienced stilt walkers but your own stilts and costumes are not required just a passion for outdoor performance and a love of characterisation.

Please send your CV, Showreel and covering letter to no later than 31st August.

Win an iPad!

Have you seen Never set eyes on the Land, Chappal or In the Dhol Drums at an event this summer??

If so, we’d love your feedback! And best of all if you spare us 5 minutes you’ll be entered into a draw to win an iPad!!



Terms & Conditions apply and the winner will be announced toward the end of 2018.

Made In Mela

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.

Date: 17/01/2017

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.

For Further details:

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.