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Gem Arts are Back!

The award-winning GemArts are bringing the very best of South Asian culture to the north-east over the coming months with a programme overflowing with goodies.

Of course, GemArts didn’t shut up shop during the pandemic, but it’s in the live arena where they really thrive. This year they’ve already staged Bollywood dance workshops and a Mini Mela, but over the following months there’s plenty more to see and get involved with. The Pagrav Dance Company will be presenting ‘Kattam Katti’, which will transport you to Uttarayan, the world-famous festival where millions of people from different cities, religions and social classes comes together (5 March, Dance City). Next up is the Holi Festival of Colours, which is a free event hosted in partnership with BALTIC (19 March, BALTIC). Naturally, music fans will also be well catered for and we’d particularly draw you attention to Divergence, a double bill featuring Giuliano Modarelli (guitar) and Kitha Balakirishnan (violin) who will be exploring South Asian music in flux with a bold diversity of ideas (29 April, Sage Gateshead). Also set to play is the award-winning clarinettist Arun Ghosh, returning to Newcastle to perform as part of International Jazz Day (30 April, The Globe), and Roopa Panesar (pictured), who is considered one of Europe’s finest sitarists. She will be accompanied by tabla virtuoso Shahbaz Hussain (21 May, Sage Gateshead). Full details from their website. JL

Seek: gemarts.org