PRIMARY is delighted to help celebrate a 100 years of Indian cinema and the poetry of Tagore, this year’s Nottingham Mela100 – co-produced by New Art Exchange and the Nottingham Asian Arts Council and it is set to be one of the biggest yet. It will be held across five Nottingham venues during the first two weekends in September, the festival will be a vibrant, colourful celebration of South Asian and World culture which brings together music, dance, visual arts, film, street entertainment, South Asian cuisine, crafts and markets to entertain and engage all ages and communities.

Mela100 opens on Friday 6 September at PRIMARY with Nadeem Chaudry’s installation and film screening of Pakeezah, one of India’s finest Bollywood films. On the same night Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s internationally renowned Qawwali group will be performing at the Royal Concert Hall. Then on Saturday 7 September there will be a magical immersive visual space created with an evening of music curated and composed by MOBO and Mercury award winning jazz pianist Zoe Rahman. Rahman’s work will be inspired by the great Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore. On Sunday 8 September there will then be a family day at New Art Exchange and a special screening of the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge on The Forest Recreational Ground in Chipperfield’s circus tent that evening. Finally Mela100 will culminate on Sunday 15 September in Nottingham Castle’s beautiful gardens as part of Heritage Open Day by creating a picnic in the park environment with market traders and stall.

If you want to book tickets or more information on Mela100 please contact New Art Exchange on 0115 924 8630 or go to www.newartexchange.org.uk

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