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Transforming Narratives Mela and Symposium

Transforming Narratives Mela & Symposium

19-21 March, 10am-4.30pm GMT / 3-9.30pm PKT / 4-10.30pm BDT 

Thank you to everyone who attended!

The Transforming Narratives Mela & Symposium was a three day celebration of contemporary arts and culture in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Bringing together artists, organisations and audiences, the Mela and Symposium was a platform for new art, music, film, critical discussion and reflection.

Over the three days, audiences enjoyed three simultaneous programmes on our dedicated online platform:

Mela: Performances and presentations from artists based in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh. A chance to see new work and experience the theatre, music, dance and visual art being made across our three locations, right now. (audio described)

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. The word Ālaap has two meanings: it refers to unstructured, improvised movements found in musical traditions across South Asia, and is also the word for first-meeting and free-flowing conversation between friends and new acquaintances.

Read the Mela & Symposium programme.

Where possible, we will make audio-described videos available after the event. Please contact us on for further details.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in the Transforming Narratives Mela & Symposium are those of artists, practitioners and speakers and do not necessarily reflect the policies or position of Transforming Narratives, Culture Central, the British Council or Arts Council England.


The Transforming Narratives Mela & Symposium is proud to be part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.