Nottingham Mela Weekend

10 September 2017

Nottingham Castle

On Sunday, Mela continues in the open air, in the majestic landscaped grounds of Nottingham Castle. To coincide with National Heritage Open Days, the historic site will be filled with a colourful range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including: a dance programme, a line-up of live music performances, street-food stalls, art and craft workshops for children and much more!

Book Tickets Below

Opening Procession

11:30AM – 12PM
Dhol drummer Harjinder Matharu leads a procession into the grounds with young people from NAAC School of Music & Dance.

Music Bandstand

12PM - 12:45PM
Waqas Choudhary & Guests
This Bansuri flute talent is joined on stage with an eclectic mix of artists.

1.30PM – 2.15PM
Sandeep Raval
International percussionist, producer and multi-instrumentalist composer.

3PM – 3.45PM
Jesse Bannister
Britain's leading Indo-Jazz Saxophonist and band.

4.40PM – 5.25PM
Mona Singh
Crowned "Princess of Bhangra" and daughter of UK's Godfather of Bhangra, Channi Singh.

Dance Stage

12PM – 1.30PM
Shakti Academy & Manushi Dance Company
From Bollywood and bhangra to kathak, our youngest dancers bless the festival followed by more experienced performers as these two companies join forces!

12:45PM, 1:45PM & 2:45PM
Parmjit Sagoo leads this session suitable for all ages (limited mats available).

2:15PM – 3PM
Drumming Circle
Join Biant Singh to celebrate the spirit of Mela through rhythm, accompanid by sarod.

3.45PM – 4.15PM
Pooja Kale (Shiamak)
Lively Bollywood dance.

4.20PM – 4.40PM
Ankh Dance Company
The beauty and elegance of kathak dance.

Jay Pollitt
Dancer and choregrapher, Jay animates the stage and introduces the action!

Written Word

12PM & 1.30PM
Poetry Corner
Kavya Rang present readings of multi-lingual poetry by local writers and poets.

Jaipur Literature Festival Call Out Launch
In partnership with NAE and UNESCO City of Literature, Jaipur Literature festival launches an open call for emerging writers for a residency in Jaipur.

Family Activities

12PM – 5PM
Real Creative Futures Family Fun
Make South Asian musical instruments and explore sound sculptures with two RCF artists.

12PM – 5.30PM
Family Craft Activity
Join Samiah Haleem for this drop in activity for families.

In the Castle

2.15PM – 3.45PM
A classical recital on sitar and tabla by Surmeet and Upneet Singh Dhadyalla.

Nottingham Mela Sunday

Please note that all our events have restricted capacity. To book you place please follow the bookable links (above) or contact New Art Exchange (0115 924 8630/ We recommend arriving 15 minutes before the event start time. We reserve the right to re-allocate unclaimed tickets after the event start time.


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39-41 Gregory Boulevard
NG7 6BE, Uk


0115 924 8630


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Tues -  Sat: 10:00 – 16:00

Sun: Closed

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Logos for; Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council

Capital funders

Logos for; Nottingham City Council, East Midlands Development Agency, Neighbourhood Development Company, European Regional Development Fund, Greater Nottingham Partnership, Arts Council England