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Weekend Picks: Belgrade Mela

The Belgrade Mela: Sat 23rd July (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry)

Visitors can watch traditional South Asian dancing at the event Credit: Nicola Young

Coventry’s annual, one-day South Asian Arts Festival takes place this Saturday.

Showcasing the city’s South Asian arts, artists and arts organisations, the Belgrade Mela will see representatives come together to provide a platform for emerging South Asian talent.

A range of workshops will be held throughout the day including: An Introduction to Yoga, Learn Bollywood Dancing, An Introduction to Bharatanatyam Dancing, Learn to play the Dhol and Classical South Asian Instruments.

“The Belgrade Mela is very much a community-wide event in which all south Asian religions, cultures and communities can come together as one to enjoy their culture.

By choosing to hold the Mela at one of the city’s premiere arts venues – rather than outdoors which is the traditional setting for celebrations of this type – we hope to encourage better access to the theatre amongst Coventry’s South Asian communities.”

– Nasreen Akhtar Khan, Mela Artistic Director.

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