Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts

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Monday 27 July – Sunday 23 August

This year's Nottingham Arts Mela Festival, the UK's oldest Mela festival, is going digital and its called Climate, Changes... where Mela seeks a new braver truth to save our planet, its life and nature. For a back-to-back weekend to kick the festival off, you can enjoy festival moments through to Sunday 23 August.

Look out for the weekly announcements on the official Mela Festival 2020 website of artists involved which will begin over the four week run up to the festival beginning.

Nottingham Arts Mela Festival explores the South Asian journey through online cooking, films featuring South Asian diaspora world wide, music, dance, debates, poetry and spoken word, family art workshops, murals, archives activated, morning raags and yoga... a full flavour of culture responding to these unprecedented times. Based on the premise of our planet and climate change, Mela will follow this theme to see the impact of climates on our environment, politics, society and arts and culture.


Artists and contributors include: Ashok Vish, Nafeesa Hamid, Nadia Whittome, Sandeep Mahal, Jagdish Patel, Nirvair Rai, Faiza Butt, Aakash Odedra Studios, Kali Chandrasegaram, Sohini Alam, Keertan Kaur, Wahab Shah, Arieb Azhar, Soothsayers, Kajal Nisha Patel, Nikhil Chopra, and more.


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