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Image: Narivad (Feminism in Sanskrit), talk with artists Sofia Barton and Lady Kitt

Dynamic local organisation GemArts shine a light on South Asian culture through diverse programming of exciting performance and participatory projects, often collaborating with promoters and venues like Sage Gateshead and Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music to bring thrilling performers to the region.

This year’s Masala Festival, their annual celebration of South Asian arts and culture, fuses in person and online events in a programme which includes international collaborations, award-winning poets, new commissions, workshops, talks and incredible music, dance and visual arts spanning traditional and contemporary genres.

Running from Saturday 17th-Sunday 25th July, highlights include their opening event at Alphabetti entitled Bor(neo): North + East, a spoken word investigation into themes around identity, marginalisation and dualism in an exciting collaboration between poets from Borneo and Northern England (Saturday 17th); Narivad (Feminism in Sanskrit) promises to be a fascinating online artist talk with Sofia Barton and Lady Kitt, who discuss the Indian suffragettes who helped shaped feminism (Monday 19th); also online, award-winning poet and dancer Tishani Doshi reads from her new poetry collection A God At The Door and chats with author John Challis about her work (Tuesday 20th); Tattoo Stories is an engrossing podcast about tattooing and the stories and history of body art by Vimal Korpal, which launches on Wednesday 21st; the unique piano and tabla collaboration of Helen Anahita Wilson and Shahbaz Hussain visits The Lit & Phil for what promises to be a special performance (Friday 23rd); and there’s more music at The Globe when award-winning sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun brings his unique energy and vision to Indian classical and contemporary music (Sunday 25th) as part of the venue’s Summer Festival.

GemArts’ Masala Festival takes place from Saturday 17th-Sunday 25th July at various venues and online

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