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Nottingham Mela 100

7 September 13 words: Penny Reeve
Celebrating 100 years of the best of Asian art and culture


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Zoe Rahman will be performing at MELA 100

The beautiful and inspiring art of Asia will be celebrated during Mela 100, which spans both this weekend and next and will cover five venues across town including the Forest Rec Ground and New Art Exchange.

The Nottingham Mela, which is co-produced by the New Arts Exchange and the Nottingham Asian Arts Council is the oldest traditional Mela in the UK and is set to be the biggest yet.

If you’ve ever seen a Bollywood film, you’ll know the the costumes, dancing and sets are a glorious cacophony of vibrant colours and the Mela is set to reflect that, especially as this year there will be a focus on Asia’s most famous films and the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore.

Expect your tastebuds to be blown away by some delicious food, your ears to ring with the hauntingly beautiful sound of MOBO Award Winning Zoe Rahman - who will be creating an immersive aural and visual experience at the New Art Exchange -  and your eyes to be treated to a fiesta of sights with a selection of Bollywood films, there’s even one being shown in a circus tent!

The tent will be just one of the magical and unique ways that the Mela will be presented to the community, including a screening of Pakeezah, one of Bollywood’s best films (apart from Golmaal 3, of course), a Qawwali at the Royal Concert Hall and a family day at the New Art Exchange.

The event will culminate on Sunday 15th September with a picnic in the castle grounds.

Some of the events are free but do check before you head off to your favoured event, as some activities require you to part with some pennies.

The New Art Exchange website

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