Transforming communities through shared creative experiences
ArtsEkta is a multi-award winning cultural organisation that works to develop intercultural relationships at the heart of the community and is home to the Belfast Mela – the largest celebration of cultural diversity on the island of Ireland.
The brainchild of Indian-native Dr. Nisha Tandon OBE, ArtsEkta was founded in 2006 on the principles of inclusivity, creativity and openness in all aspects of society – Ekta means ‘uniting’ in the Indian language.
Bringing together communities of Belfast and beyond, we create projects that inspire audiences to engage with the diversity, tastes, rhythms and sights that make up the multicultural life of Northern Ireland.
Providing a creative platform for our diverse communities
An inclusive society that respects different cultures and communities in Northern Ireland.
Encourage cultural understanding by delivering innovative arts and heritage-led programmes in the heart of the community
Anna Lo MBE
Mukesh Sharma MBE DL
Dr. Satish M Kumar
DR. NISHA TANDON OBE
Founder & CEO
Programme & Participation Manager
Business Development Officer
Administration & Operations Officer
Design and Marketing Assistant
Our artists are at the centre of everything we do
We passionately believe in providing a creative platform for diverse artists from different communities and in particular those have made their home in Northern Ireland.
Over the years we have developed the most diverse artist base in Northern Ireland collaborating with Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian, Iranian, Latin American, Hungarian, Polish, Irish, African, Thai, Chinese and Japanese dancers, musicians, storytellers, makers, craftspeople, theatre and visual artists.
Our team of over 80 talented artists bring a rich tapestry of culture and tradition to our work which provides an exciting new cultural dimension to our local arts scene.
We are always looking to support and nurture new artistic talent. Contact us here to find out more.
Our work delivers social impact in the heart of the community
Our work delivers on our strategy of best practice intercultural arts and good relations projects and events across Northern Ireland to transform communities through shared creative experiences.
Between 2022-23 we created the following impact:
- 104,515 attendees at events
- 12,862 participants in workshops
- 440 arts workshops
- 66 performances
- 220 artists employed
- 1 major festival
- 82% of people brought into contact with another ethnicity
- 92% of people have more appreciation for another culture
- 92% of people had an increased sense of belonging
Our full impact report for 2022-23 will be available in Autumn 2023.
Climate change is harming our planet, but if we all make a small change, we can make a big impact
We are continually working to reduce the environmental impact of the work we do across our creative programme, organisation and services, and maximising the positive impact of our public funding.
We believe that artists and arts organisations have an important role to play in exploring, communicating and taking practical action against issues around climate change and the environment. Many of our projects explore issues of the environment and work with local communities to sustainably regenerate neighbourhoods across Northern Ireland.
In 2022, we launched a new initiative Green Mela, which aims to reduce the negative impact that our flagship festival potentially could have on the environment. This includes looking at ways to reduce pointless plastic, off-setting carbon emissions through planting trees and water re-filling stations.
We are committed to ensuring our services our open and accessible to all.
Our work brings together people of different backgrounds and all walks of life, and we are committed to doing everything we can to promote a culture of inclusion and accessibility for our audiences and participants.
Our goal is to provide accessible services, delivered in a way that respects the needs of each individual and does not exclude anyone, which is why we are currently creating new accessibility guidelines for our organisation in partnership with Thrive and University of aTypical.
These guidelines will launch in 2024. Contact us here to let us know your views and help us shape our future audience experience.
Be part of a team passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion
As we continue to grow so too will our need for a diverse, skilled creative team. You can find out more about the opportunities currently on offer below and through our social media.
Why work for us?
- The chance to join a highly motivated, creative and fun team dedicated to making Northern Ireland a more diverse and inclusive place
- Be part of an ideas-driven organisation with an opportunity to contribute to future development
- Easily accessible city centre offices with parking
- Flexible working policy
- Pension benefits
- 28 days annual leave
We currently do not have any job opportunities.