Come and join us for a celebration of dance, music, poetry, storytelling, arts and crafts fun for all the family.
The day of family fun includes arts & crafts, storytelling, poetry and live dance and music performances, with many of the activities being FREE.
Visitors to the Mela can take part in mehndi (henna) and rangoli (decorative folk art) workshops, suitable for all ages, or visit the food stall which will be selling delicious South Asian delicacies.
The Arena Theatre’s Tilstone Studio will host an all-day programme of free events including sets by:
NIX DADRY, a Midlands-based musician whose performances have taken him all over the world, from New York to Istanbul. His acoustic set is influenced by American Blues, Country and Soul. His debut album was released in January 2012 and he will include tracks from this at the Mela.
GUY HUTCHINS, a writer and storyteller whose work has been broadcast in over fifty countries and heard by several million people. Many of Guy’s stories have been collected from small villages around the world and range from short jokes and fables to three-hour epics — come and catch some of them at the Mela!
AMERAH SALEH, a young up-and-coming poet who writes about life, community issues & changes in society.
AZAAD ARTS DHOL AND MUSIC GROUP. Azaad Arts is a Wolverhampton-based organisation that combines education and performance in order to keep traditional Punjabi folk music alive & kicking! The group offers workshops for young people to learn the traditional Bhangra drum the “dhol”as well as other instruments such as the tabla, dholak and harmonium.
3pm to 5pm: Dance showcase in the main theatre
A rare chance to see up-and coming dance artists/groups performing in a variety of South Asian dance styles including Bollywood, Giddha and classical.
Includes performances of Gujarati Ras-garaba folk dances by the Shree Krishna group, based at the Shree Krishna Temple, West Bromwich and dance from
Wolverhampton-based group, Jewels of Bollywood
Also performing: Hina dancers, Haripa! and Aaja Nachle.
7pm: Bollywood music and dance in the main theatre
Come and enjoy a special family evening featuring a selection of timeless, romantic Bollywood classics, including a tribute to Dev Anand, followed by live songs and a performance from an Indian dance artist.
Tickets: £6 (£5 concs)
In association with Arena Theatre and Surdhwani.