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The History of Mela: Talk by Irna Qureshi & 'Coming of Age' Photography Exhibition
Friday, 13 July 2012 from 18:00 to 19:00 (BST)
Bradford, United Kingdom
The History of Mela: Talk by Irna Qureshi
Coming of Age: 21 years of Mela: Photography exhibition by Tim Smith
Bradford Mela was one of the first events of its kind in Britain, starting life in the summer of 1988 on a football pitch in the Great Horton area of Bradford. Such was the popularity of the event that within a few years, Bradford Mela was feted as one of Europe’s largest multi arts festivals, attracting audiences of over 200,000.
The photographic exhibition ‘Coming of Age’, currently showing at Kala Sangam until mid-August, looks at the golden age of Bradford Mela and explores its importance to Britain’s cultural landscape.
Irna Qureshi, author of the accompanying book will be talking about the history and impact of the Bradford Mela on Friday 13th July at 6pm. She will also be signing copies of the ‘Coming of Age’ book, which features vibrant photography by Tim Smith.
About Irna Qureshi
Irna Qureshi is an anthropologist, writer and oral historian specialising in British Asian arts, culture and migration. She has collaborated on several exhibitions and books on this theme, including ‘Coming of Age: 21 Years of Mela in the UK’ and ‘The Grand Trunk Road: From Delhi to the Khyber Pass’.
Irna also blogs about being British, Pakistani, Muslim and female in Bradford, against a backdrop of classic Indian films at: www.bollywoodinbritain.wordpress.com. She can be reached on Twitter at @irnaqureshi
The talk will last approximtaley 30 minutes, and refreshments will be available. Please come and join us, and stay to have a look round the exhibition.
This event is FREE and booking isn't essential, but we ask that you please click 'Register' above, to help us monitor numbers.
From 6pm, Friday 13th July
Foyer, Kala Sangam Arts Centre
St Peter's House
1 Forster Square
Bradford BD1 4TY
Kala Sangam enquiries: (01274) 303340
When & Where
Kala Sangam is a national South Asian arts organisation, based at St Peter's House in Bradford.
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