Mela 2017 Associated Programme

Across the city, partner programmes at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Playhouse and Dance4 offer activities for all the family.

New Art Exchange

Tuesday 7 November
Darbar Fringe
Featuring Debasmita Bhattacharya (sarod), Shane Solanki (spoken word), Rehmat Rayatt (visuals) with Philharmonia Orchestra.
Age range: all welcome
Admission: free

Friday 1 December
Project 70: Asian Blues
Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan with visual artist Hardeep Pandhal present an immersive musical journey exploring migration and the partition of India and South Asian communities settling in the UK.
Age range: all welcome
Admission: free

Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Thursday 19 October
10am - 4pm
Indian Steam Parkour Workshop Day
A great opportunity for parkour/dancers to join the team on an intensive workshop day, with the aim of featuring in a 5 minute section of the Indian Steam show on Friday evening. Advance booking is essential. Performance experience necessary.
Age range: 16+
Admission: £10

Friday 20 October
Indian Steam
The Urban Playground Team (UK) and Parkour Circle (IN) plus Manushi Dance Company. Built in Britain and shipped to India, this ancient steam locomotive is resurrected in a whistle-stop tour of the engine's imagined life. The UPG Team and Parkour Circle invite you on their railway adventure!
Age range: all welcome
Admission: £9

Sunday 22 October
1pm & 3.30pm
The Magic Fish
ATMA Dance by Mayuri Boonham. A classic Indian tale retold through dance, storytelling and beatboxing for young thinking minds. Vishnu wakes up after sleeping for thousands of years to find a greedy demon called No-Knowledge has taken earth's most precious treasures for himself.
Age range: 5+
Admission: £8

Broadway Cinema

September 2017
Indian Cinema Season
(All with English subtitles)

Friday 22 - Thursday 28
Various times
Hotel Salvation
77-year-old Daya announces that his time has come and that he must go to the holy city of Varanasi to achieve salvation in his final days. His very busy son, Rajiv, reluctantly agrees to accompany him, but once there, Daya seems to be reinvigorated, making new friends with the other 'dying' residents, and forcing the father and son to reconnect.

Friday 22 September
The Music Room
Satyijat Ray's evocative, masterful film is a parable of modernity clashing with tradition, set within the decaying palace of a landlord incapable of seeing that the world around him is crumbling.

Saturday 23 September
The Cloud-Capped Star
Writer/director Ritwik Ghatak's story of a post-partition Bengali family is a dark melodrama full of expressionistic beauty and evincing a rare empathy for its female characters.

Sunday 24 September
Mani Ratman's melodrama of starcrossed lovers is set during the 1993 Bombay riots and is masterfully scored by A. R. Rahman (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE).

Monday 25 September
An immortal classic, director/star Guru Dutt's soulful, romantic PYAASA is a sumptuous tale of a young poet's ambitions.

Tuesday 26 September
The Clay Bird
As Bangladesh gains independence in 1960, a young boy is sent to a madrasa by his devout Muslim father. But the divisions both within his family and within the country are not so easily resolved.

Wednesday 27 September
Scorching Winds
Scorching Winds is the rare tale of the plight of Muslims who opted to stay in the land of their forefathers rather than leave for Pakistan.

Nottingham Playhouse

Sunday 10 September - Monday 30 October
Anish Kapoor's Sky Mirror


Friday 20 October
10.30am - 12.00pm
Coffee Morning with Seeta Patel (UK)
Seeta invites you to Dance4's iC4C to discuss themes of whitewashing history and its impact on our perceptions of society today.
Age range: 16+
Admission: free

Old Market Square

Friday 13 October | 6pm - 9pm
Saturday 14 October | 12pm - 5pm
Celebrate Diwali in Old Market Square with Emergency Exit Arts' mechanical elephant, music, rangoli and dance.


Image credit: Ash Aldred

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