Nexus proudly partners with GemArts’ Masala Festival 2024

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band
9 July 2024

We are once again proudly teaming up with Gem Arts for this year’s Masala Festival to bring a colourful and vibrant splash of South Asian culture to the region this summer. 

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band will wow crowds near Monument and Haymarket Metro stations in Newcastle city centre on Friday 19 July as part of the busy Masala event programme. 

We are the official headline partner of GemArts’ annual Masala Festival 2024 as part of its commitment to celebrating and encouraging diversity and inclusion amongst its employees and customers.

The Gem Arts’ award-winning Masala Festival takes place 15-21 July, celebrating South Asian creativity and culture at a range of local venues. Find out more at

Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “We are proud to support this year’s Masala Festival. 

“Metro is part of everyday life in our region, and at Nexus we are committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity. This vibrant programme of events does exactly that, celebrating South Asian culture through music, dance and delicious food. 

“Metro is a great way to get around the Masala Festival. This is a really family friendly event so don’t forget that kids go free on Metro all day, everyday. 

“We’re delighted that one of the major set piece performances will be at Monument and Haymarket Metro stations. We’re really looking forward to seeing the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band perform there on Friday 19 July.” 

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, who will be performing at Grey’s Monument, just next to Monument Metro station, are a group of highly talented musicians from Jaipur, Rajasthan’s renowned “Pink City”. They make up the brass core of this rousing ensemble on trumpet, trombone, euphoium and sousaphone, supplemented with clarinet, against an insistent background of percussion, bass and dhol drums.

Vikas Kumar MBE, GemArts Director said: “We have an exceptional lineup of regional, national, and international artists spanning the very best music, dance, literature, poetry, films, exhibitions, workshops, events for children and families, and delicious Indian street food. We are really excited about this year's Masala Festival programme and delighted that we are strengthening our partnership with Nexus, and look forward to welcoming audiences from the North East and beyond.”

Gem Arts is a Gateshead-based charity that runs diversity arts programmes – particularly focussing on South Asian communities – including concerts, festivals, workshops and commissions.

Visit for the full Masala Festival 2024 programme and to book tickets. 

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