More and more festivals are having to swap the IRL for the HTTP this year and while it’s a shame not to be able to share experiences shoulder to shoulder with fellow music lovers, it does create possibilities for wider audiences to partake in a varied cultural calendar.

MILAPFEST, a Liverpool-based company who are upheld as the UK’s leading purveyors of Indian arts and culture, have transposed their annual events programming to weekly showcases of live performances, workshops and discussions.

Milapfest’s Music for the Mind and Soul archives boast an array of live sets from sensational artists practicing music of Indian heritage. These performances are being broadcast on a weekly basis alongside new live shows via social media for people to enjoy during lockdown. The temporary platform takes the organisation out of their usual home of the Capstone Theatre but to a potentially limitless audience.

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Alongside these, the Try It Out dance sessions are an opportunity for people to get active while learning Indian dance and music styles in their own homes. Participants are able to develop their skills with workshops on genres from Bhangra to the Gujarati Folk Dance Garba and singing lessons based on the Ghazal style. The Try It Out sessions are in partnership with Liverpool-based world dance company Movema with associate artist Sheetal Maru.

To find full details of the Music for the Mind and Soul series as well as the Try It Out sessions follow Milapfest on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. All the sessions and concerts, available for free, offer a connection to some wonderful art forms and in doing so Milap hope to foster a sense of community and wellbeing among their growing audience.

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