ZEE Birmingham & Sandwell Mela

ZEE Birmingham & Sandwell Mela is the UK’s biggest Asian Music Festival and will be returning for its 17th edition from the 1-2 July at Victoria Park in Smethwick. Over 100 artists will perform over the weekend, and this year you can find Flatpack: Assemble in the Desi Moves marquee from 12-7pm both days, hosted by Punch Records.

We’ll be screening films throughout the weekend, including People Like Us, a selection of short films celebrating young talent in the Midlands and beyond, curated by IYP young programmers, including picks from Random Acts Presents.

Also screening will be the crowdsourced India In a Day, featuring footage submitted by members of the public in India on a single day (10 October 2015), and documentary Sikhs of Smethwick, filmmaker Billy Dosanjh’s celebration of 50 years of the Sikhs in his hometown, from their arrival in the late 1950s and early 60s to the present day.

For more info on the Desi Moves project see here, and visit the full festival website here.

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"An incredible mix of film and music for all ages." - The Times
"A treasure trove of a festival" – Sight and Sound
"Magnificently eclectic" – Time Out
"This festival is really like no other, with an incredible line-up of amazing screenings and events for grown-ups and kids alike." - Anorak
"Joyously inventive" - Guardian
"Britain’s most exciting and innovative film festival" – Lonely Planet
"Like the perfect mixtape…you’re not quite sure how or why the selection works, but that is what makes it so magical" – Electric Sheep
"It's like being shown really cool stuff by a good friend who thinks you might like to see it." - Audience member
"Flatpack has gained a well deserved reputation as an innovative film festival with an imaginative output" – Film Four
"I came away totally inspired, both by Birmingham and by Flatpack. One of the best festivals I’ve ever been to." - Ken Freedman, WFMU
"The festival feels like an essential component in Birmingham’s cultural life, bringing new talent and the city itself to light." - The Quietus
"The best programming on the planet." - Canadian curator Kier-la Janisse
"Independent, quirky, intelligent, innovative, amusing and relaxed - nothing else like it." - Audience member