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Award-winning North-East arts organisation GemArts are a nationally recognised leader in the South Asian and diversity arts sector, who create and programme events featuring regional, national and international artists across all art forms. 

One of those events is the award-winning Masala Festival, which has become a highlight in the region’s cultural calendar since its launch in 2016. For those not in the know, it’s a weeklong festival (taking place 17th-23rd July) that celebrates the best of South Asian Arts and Culture via performances, exhibitions, events, workshops, pop ups and demonstrations.

To celebrate 2023’s event and to find out more about some of the artists performing, check out the features below…

Michael Messer’s Mitra

We find out what inspired their album, Call Of The Blues, from the unique musical trio, ahead of their performance at Cluny 2 as part of GemArt’s Masala Festival on Wednesday 19th July. Click here.

Yazz Ahmed

We find out all we can about the British-Bahraini trumpet player, who is set to perform at BBC Proms at Sage Gateshead on Friday 21st July, as part of GemArts Masala Festival. Click here.

Arun Ghosh

We fire questions at Bolton musician Arun Ghosh to find out everything there is to know ahead of his show at Sage Gateshead on 21st July (as part of GemArts Masala Festival). Click here.

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