Announcement ! Papa Penguin are proud to partner with award winning arts company Nutkhut. Lifelong creativity and curiosity are at the heart of the companies work. In 2020 we will share new ways in which to promote, encourage and nurture curiosity and creativity in the outdoors, between children and parents. We are very excited by this collaboration for 2020. Yash Puri, Founder of Papa Penguin
“Yash Puri is quiet simply, in his own quiet way, breaking down perceived, ingrained perceptions and just being. Nutkhut are proud to partner with Papa Penguin. We look forward to the opportunity to connect parents and children and encourage “fun”. He’s a pretty cool dhol drummer too! “ Ajay Chhabra – Nutkhut/London Mela, Ambassador – Mayor of London Cultural Leadership Board
Ajay Chhabra is the co-founder of award winning Nutkhut and Artistic Director of the London Mela, the largest outdoor event of its kind in the UK. As an actor, he has appeared on television, radio, film, theatre and in major outdoor live productions. Prior to working in the arts sector, he worked in senior management positions in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector.
Nutkhut is committed to learning. We welcome creative exchanges with learning organisations, young people and families.
For each of our projects we consider ways in which we can engage with families and young people beyond the notion of audience; involvement can occur at the creative ‘ideas’ stage, the production phase, the performance and touring stage and in follow-up workshops.
The Mela Partnership offers huge scope to create increasingly imaginative and surprising experiences for all audiences.
Mela (n) Sanskrit ‘to meet’, to ‘gather’, to ‘blend’… Mela’s bring people together and Mela’s make people happy!
Every year thousands of people across the country flock to these largescale festive events, to meet friends and family, to celebrate and to engage in cultural activity.
“So what’s all the fuss about”, a comment made by a funder, overheard by a volunteer, at the London Mela 2018.
Mela’s first became visible in the UK, when the first generation of Asian immigrants came together. Those that arrived in the 1960’s, a generation later, in the late 1980’s, started to find the time, the resources and the passion to create Mela – a generation on, they continue to evolve.
“Mela clearly means something to many thousands of people and we are keen to understand what that is.”
a comment made by a sponsor who attended Manchester Mega Mela 2018
We connect to make these audiences visible, to promote and capture the data and to make and commission incredible shows for families and communities across the country and beyond.
Melas highlight the discoveries, delights and challenges of our shared cultural identity, they are a welcoming place in which different ethnic and cultural communities can come together.
We do this by working with artists, arts organisations, arts centres, CPP’s, local authorities, volunteers, local businesses, schools, colleges, families and communities.
Melas, have been part of the UK’s cultural landscape for over 30 years. They attract attendances of over 500,000 people a year, for many of whom the Mela may be the only arts event they visit.