Bollywood comes to Derby

Bollywood%204Derby Festé will be making a song and dance of it this September when, as part of the weekend celebrations and performances, they will also play host to a free Bollywood party.

Derby Market Place will be transformed into a Mumbai street bazaar for the event, which will bring together the sights and sounds of Bollywood.

The party is to celebrate the centenary of Indian Cinema – and it will be the first time that Festé has staged its own tribute to Bollywood, now one of the largest film industries in the world.

The Bollywood party, produced by Derby LIVE in partnership with Derbyshire-based production companies, Charity Shop DJ and Surtal Arts, will blend together old and new elements from the genre and will feature a mix of live music, a fire show, DJs and dance performances – all against a backdrop of authentic stalls and Indian crafts. For many; the party will be their first experience of Bollywood and for others, it will bring back memories.

Andy Jupp of Charity Shop DJ said: “We love the films and we love the music and it’s also about having fun and joining in. We want people of all ages to come to the Market Place and party. There’ll be live music and DJs and you can even learn the moves. We want to bring back memories and introduce new people to the music and the films.”

The Bollywood party is not just the sounds. There will also be an exclusive exhibition of rarely seen printed and hand painted Indian film posters from Charity Shop DJ’s own collection. It will be an opportunity to come face to face with a dying art and see how Bollywood films were promoted in a pre-digital age.

Jules Cooper of Charity Shop DJ said: “The style of the exhibition is bold and colourful, yet incredibly detailed. The posters were the trailers to the films and include the heroes and heroines and key scenes from the films. It’s amazing that a lot of the advertising used to be hand-painted. It’s a window into a bygone era that wasn’t that long ago.”

Charity Shop DJs have been collecting Indian cinema art for eight years and have worked and toured globally with artists from the subcontinent.

Visitors to this fabulous Festé event will also be able to visit the Mumbai Market, have a Bollywood makeover and taste authentic regional Indian cuisine.

Gopa Nath, artistic director of Surtal Arts said: “As the region’s South Asian arts specialist, we are excited to bring true Bollywood music and dance extravaganza to the stage. We are also looking forward to introducing Derby to authentic chai walla, serving masala tea in clay pots, and mouth-watering street foods of Mumbai. Surrounding stalls will offer glitzy fashion accessories and beauty tips direct from Bollywood! We want all the communities from Derby to come to the Market Place and be on their feet dancing and experience this event which will be a fantastic end to the Festé weekend”

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