Arts and Crafts Workshops
The Arts & Crafts Marquee is an activity centre comprising of various Arts & Crafts Workshops, amongst other activities throughout the day. This marquee is always very popular with people of all ages, as it offers free henna painting, rangoli, card making, face painting, balloon modelling and felt making workshops.
Other attractions include:
Giant Interactive games from Madlab
Come and play with MadLab’s GIANT GAMES
You can draw with their 6 foot wide etch-a-sketch! Or play a game of operation with Frank the mannequin, while carefully removing his organs with a pair of salad tongs. You can also ask their space hopper sized magic-8 ball a yes or no question.
All games made in collaboration with Manchester Hackspace.
Frequently described as “a youth centre for adults” Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation. Their primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.
Writing and performing with Contact Theatre
Contact will be delivering short performances and participant led workshops with people attending Manchester Mega Mela.
The sessions will consist of a short performance from Level Up participants followed by a participatory workshop where the audience will have the opportunity to try out song writing, performance and mic technique. These sessions will be led by the Level Up team, supported by the Audience Development Coordinator. The short performances and workshops will take place at regular intervals throughout the day.
Paper clothes and accessories with Manchester Art Gallery
Families will be provided with exciting, easy-to-use materials to prompt imagination and creativity. Colours will be taken from Manchester Art Gallery’s bright and fun Clore Art Studio. Families will be encouraged to get hands-on and active, tearing, shaping, moulding and layering the materials to create the best celebration outfit they can!
Printing and book making with Hot Bed Press
Come and try printing using a variety of methods with Hot Bed Press, they will be offering an amazing range of print workshops and activities throughout the weekend using some of their professional printing items. This includes the chance to try letterpress, block printing and book making.
Hot Bed Press is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing printmaking facilities and workshops to support artists and printmakers throughout the UK.
Hat making with Creative Hands Foundation
Creative Hands Foundation will be creating African sun hats with young people and adults, which they will decorate and wear to protect them from the sun.
Their vision is to provide opportunities for all marginalised, deprived communities to take part in arts and crafts activities and achieve their full potential.
They use visual arts and crafts as a tool to improve the well-being of young people and adults in Manchester and enhance their personal development.
LED Lantern making with Manchester Craft and Design centre
The Craft and Design centre will be giving visitors the opportunity to create an LED box lantern inspired by their current exhibition, Mesmerised by Rosie Booth.
Manchester Craft & Design Centre is home to over 30 designers who design, create and make a variety of handmade work, from textiles and ceramics to pewter and paint, all of which can be bought on-site from the maker themselves in their independent and unique studios.
Puppet show with Cultureword
Peter Kalu and the Cultureword team will be appearing with his marvellous Raj & Raja puppets as well as the lovable Kingy. Catch them telling stories from Asia, the Middle East and around the world. Laughter and tears guaranteed! They will also have a bookstall in the Arts & Crafts tent so you can take home stories to enjoy.
Badge Making with Manchester Libraries and Archives
You can get inspired by beautiful images from Manchester Archives and Libraries and create your own badge to remind you of your visit to the Mela. This is a great activity for people of all ages.
Card Making with Sarah Sanders
Sarah will be making South Asian cards inspired by Needlepoint designs with a twist. Instead of embroidering, the designs will be painted on to coloured card. This is a fun activity for all the family!
Mask making with Mahdlo Youth Zone
Mahdlo will be offering the chance to make some masks inspired by South Asian designs and you can get as creative as possible with decorating your mask using paints and other items. Have some fun working with a professional artist and pick up some creative tips along the way too!
Arts and Crafts with Whitworth Art Gallery
Come and take part in a creative activity inspired by the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collections and its connection to South Asia. A Creative Practitioner will be bringing the gallery to life through a fun and interactive workshop for people of all ages and abilities.
Learn about history with People’s History Museum
The museum will be providing visitors with the chance to find out more about their events and lectures.
Arts and Crafts with Manchester Museum who will be offering a craft activity related to the Museum’s collections
Enjoy some creative recycling with Manchester’s Make It! Shop. Design your own button bracelet, create a fun animal mask or transform a juice carton into a wallet. Rubbish Revamped aims to inspire the imaginative use of resources