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Preston City Mela talent development

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Preston City Mela talent development

Preston City Mela talent development

Preston City Mela By Preston City Mela

It’s a campaign to buy quality cultural equipment & materials and raise a professional tutor session budget, so South Asian young people in the city can develop high level art & performance skills.

Preston Fundraising stage

pledged of £42,777
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Our project will focus on creating opportunities for young people from the South Asian Community in Preston to learn culturally specific music, art and dance skills. Centred around the purchase of ‘kit’ and training sessions, we will enable the young people to develop technical and performance based skills. In essence, this would encourage a pathway for them to be the future creative stars of Preston City Mela. Spanning across at least four different venues, (Mandir, Masjid, Gurudwara & a non faith space) in the city we will provide 320 hours of creative workshop time ranging from large group taster sessions to 1to1 work at a professional level. This programme of sessions will be supported by free access to a high quality grade of creative kit (some traditional & some modern) and online & paper based learning materials. The kit will form the basis of what in time will become a talent ensemble that will be able to accompany musicians, singers & dancers that are unearthed in the project.

What we'll deliver:

  • A comprehensive array of creative equipment available to South Asian young people from the city
  • Introduction/taster group sessions for young people in traditional & modern creative disciplines
  • For others the opportunity to take their identified creative talent to the next level through 1to1 sessions
  • Production of 500 ‘skill route’ printed booklets of creative pathways available to young South Asian people in the city
  • Paper & PDF versions of creative worksheet, learning materials
  • An online membership facility for young people where they can see all of the South Asian creative opportunities
  • A series of 6 ‘basic overview’ video’s produced as an introduction to the various creative areas
  • A showcase performance & exhibitions in the city that demonstrates the creative skills acquired during the programme.

Why it's a great idea:

Benefits from the project will be: The young people who participate will develop creative skills, increased confidence in their creative abilities, enthusiasm for their own culture & making it to a professional level. They will be role models for younger siblings & friends. Showing them how, with commitment, they too could develop ‘high level’ creative skills and look towards the potential of a creative career. Parents will be able to see how creativity enables their child to flourish and grow both in terms of their skills, but also their self-awareness and self-confidence. The PCM audience will see that talent can be nurtured from within and we have the ability locally to enable people to become ‘professional’ in a creative field. This ‘pool of talent’ will be able to entertain other local cultural/public event audiences like parades, weddings, exhibitions, networking gatherings and performances at creative venues. The kit & online information will be a resource for decades.

Steps to get it done:

  • 1st training session date May 2024
  • Interim progress performance in the village at Preston City Mela - July 2024
  • Inspirational cultural day trip - August 2024
  • Informal presentation of work at GHS and another venue (UCLan PR1 Gallery lunch time concert or performance - Sept 2024
  • Webpage of worksheets and training video’s goes live - Oct 2024
  • Final showcase event - November 2024

This project forms part of our desire to build a more sustainable Preston City Mela based on the nurturing of local young talent from our community and the improvement of the professional infrastructure and professional creative opportunities for performers & audiences in the city. We understand the importance of the fact that not only our young people in the city from the south Asian community, the future talents at our festival. But also they are the potential new committee members and volunteers that enable the festival to happen each year.

Location Preston

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Preston City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £42,776

Training fees & costs - £13,166 (31%)
Modern instruments - £8,583 (20%)
Traditional instruments - £7,204 (17%)
Digital classroom equipment - £5,180 (12%)
Production fees & costs - £3,700 (9%)
Art & craft equipment - £1,836 (4%)
Other - £3,107 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Training fees & costs
Modern instruments
Traditional instruments
Digital classroom equipment
Production fees & costs
Art & craft equipment
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation.
  • We’ll invest in additional culturally specific musical instruments and materials along with specialist training fees to ensure wider community participation and benefit.

Total £42,776

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