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We are delighted to announce the launch of the Transforming Narratives Mela & Symposium, a three-day celebration of contemporary arts and culture in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh on 19-21 March 2022 (register here).

Bringing together artists, organisations and audiences, the Mela and Symposium is a platform for new art, music, film, critical discussion and reflection, and will form part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. The event also marks the close of the British Council’s Transforming Narratives programme after nearly four years. As this is an online global festival, the audiences will include artists and arts communities in the UK, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as general audiences from all over the world

How it works:

The Transforming Narratives Mela & Symposium is a digital festival, hosted on a dedicated online platform. Over the three days, there are three simultaneous programmes to experience:

  • Mela: Performances and presentations from artists based in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This is your chance to see new work and experience the theatre, music, dance and visual art being made across our three locations, right now.
  • Symposium: A programme of critical talks and debate, where we investigate pressing subjects facing artists and arts organisations in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • Ālaap: A series of one-on-one conversations, bringing together artists, curators and arts leaders from across the Transforming Narratives community.