Arts and Crafts Workshops
The Arts and Crafts marquee provides an opportunity for non-performative emerging artists of South Asian origin to display their talents and for the mela goers to participate in the various workshops. In the past, the programme included artists practising traditional crafts such as rangoli, henna painting, face painting, block printing, etc through to artists inspired by South Asian arts and craft forms who have adopted contemporary and non traditional approaches such as paper craft (creating a flock of birds inside the marquee), jewellery making from recycled materials and various media and textile based workshops.
In 2013, the Arts & Crafts marquee accommodated around 25 crafts people/organisations and around 5500 participants. 120 Workshop Leaders delivered the Arts & Crafts Programme.
The Arts & Crafts marquee also provides the opportunity for local cultural institutions to engage with Mela and the local South Asian Community in a creative way. Organisations such as Z-Arts, the Whitworth Art Gallery, MOSI, The Costume Museum and Manchester Art Gallery participated in 2013 by presenting participatory creative workshops alongside the arts and crafts activities. The Mela is viewed by these organisations as an opportunity to reach out to the Greater Manchester South Asian community.