Here's to another exciting year of creative collaboration...

As we wave goodbye to 2017 and another amazing year for ArtsEkta our sights are firmly set on 2018 with more exciting creative projects and events bringing communities and cultures closer together. To give you a flavour of what's to come we've put together a round up of some of our key programme highlights over the next year....  


Belfast Mela   

Of course no year at ArtsEkta would be complete without the annual Belfast Mela festival. Taking place on the 26th August 2018 the festival will be as colourful as ever when tens of thousands of visitors come together to revel in a unique carnival of global cultures. The full programme and tickets will be launched in Spring 2018. 

Human Chain

Bringing together partners Kabosh Theatre Company, Seamus Heaney Homeplace and Poetry Ireland, this project aims to create a new piece of intercultural theatre inspired by the work of esteemed Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney. Utilising dance, music, storytelling and drama techniques, the project will involve a range of community performances over the next three years culminating in a full length production in 2020. Inspired by Seamus Heaney’s final collection of poems ‘Human Chain’ , the project will examine the realities of humanity – what it means to be a husband and wife, child and parent, friend, neighbour & colleague.

The Troth

Celebrating the UK-India Year of Culture, we are delighted to present a performance from the leading UK producers of South Asian dance - Akademi. The Troth tells a story of love, loss and sacrifice against the backdrop of the horror and conflict of World War I. Inspired by film noir and the era of black and white films, the powerful piece of theatre weaves its poignant narrative through dance, music and film. Free tickets for the show taking place on the 5th March at the MAC will be launched shortly. 

Shout Louder! 

Coming together with Brassneck Theatre Company and Oscar Winner, Film Maker and Director, Oorlagh George this programme will work with diverse young people in South Belfast to create three short films culminating in a mini film festival in Autumn 2018. Funded through Together: Building United Communities and Arts Council Younger People & Wellbeing Programme, the films will focus on mental health issues that affect young people today.

Art Route Collective

Art Route Collective works with refugee and asylum seekers with the aim of improving emotional health and social wellbeing in partnership with agencies such as Home Plus NI, Bryson Intercultural and Extern. Supported by the Public Health Agency, the group meet weekly to engage in arts-led programmes helping them feel valued and respected, participate in community life, build self-confidence, develop knowledge and skills to build their lives in NI, and be part of social networks and relationships.

From: A Friend & A Visual Memoir

In 2018 we will launch two long term arts programmes to encourage older people from some of the hardest to reach ethnic communities to exchange wisdom, experiences and memories. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund & Arts Council Older People's Programme the projects will use creative writing, visual arts, crafts, storytelling and music to generate creative dialogue around issues of ageing, helping communities to connect and stimulate a sense of belonging culminating in a public touring exhibition launched during Arts & Age Month in Spring 2018.


Our fourth annual music showcase 'Connections' will take place in Summer 2018 bringing together musicians from different cultural backgrounds to connect and to share music from around the world. Audiences will be treated to a truly innovative musical experience highlighting the ‘connections’ of our people and our cultures. Keep up to date with the latest on dates and tickets on our website.