Festival Team

Nisha Tandon

Founder & Executive Director

Nisha is a social entrepreneur, founder & director of ArtsEkta - one of the only organisations on the island of Ireland promoting ethnic arts, culture and heritage. She founded this organisation in 2006 following two decades of experience in the arts and after discovering a critical gap for quality ethnic arts engagement in the sector. She holds a degree from the National School of Drama in New Delhi and is a trained Bharatanatyam Indian classical dancer. Nisha was former member of the board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and currently serves as a member of the board of the Community Relations Council. In June 2014, Nisha was the first Asian women from Northern Ireland to be awarded the prestigious UK Asian Women of Achievement Award for contribution to arts and culture, and later that month was awarded an OBE for services to the minority ethnic sector in the 2014 Queen's Honours List.

Krishan Tandon

Project Manager

Krishan has worked Northern Ireland’s arts and cultural sector almost a decade following graduating with an undergraduate & masters degree at Queens University Belfast. Krishan joined ArtsEkta as a volunteer in 2009 and after working for some time across the arts and cultural sector in London, he took up position as Project Manager for the company in 2015. In 2010, he was selected as part of Belfast Media Group's Top 40 under 40 celebrating those that contribute to the social, economic and political life of Belfast. Krishan is highly experienced in leading the production of large scale cultural events and creative projects. He works as producer of the Belfast Mela - the largest festival of world cultures in Ireland. In 2015 he was responsible for co producing one of the largest outdoor theatre events ever to take place in Belfast - 'Nine Nights'. 

Aoife McCrory

Outreach & Engagement Officer

Aoife has worked Northern Ireland’s arts and cultural sector for the last eight years following graduating from University of Ulster in 2009. Before joining the ArtsEkta team in April 2017 Aoife worked as Tourist Officer for Cultúrlann and as Project Manager of the Creative Belfast Farset Project. She has worked on community based arts, cultural and social history projects and is also a freelance Arts Facilitator specializing in children’s workshops. Aoife was the Pop-Up shop manager for Rita Duffy’s Thaw Factory exhibition at Féile an Phobal 2014. Aoife is a Director of social enterprise company ’Bí Gaelach’ and runs her own Irish language stationary business, ‘Déanta ag Belfast Belle’.

Nabeela Yasin Iannelli

Project Assistant

Nabeela graduated from Bradford University in Community Studies with Social & Public Policy. From there she developed the Sheffield Community Access and Interpreting Service which is now based in the Public Health Department and is one of the largest interpreting and translation services in Yorkshire. In 2011, Nabeela moved home to Belfast where she worked as community development worker in the Dunmurry area with the BME community and has been extensively involved in cross community work. Before becoming employed with ArtsEkta she worked as a freelance facilitator for our One World Day programme focusing on cultural awareness on Pakistan and Islam.

Ashling Hegarty

Finance & Administration Officer

Profile coming soon

Catherine McGivern

Administration Assistant

Catherine is currently the Administration Assistant for ArtsEkta and has been in post since January 2020. Before joining the ArtsEkta team, Catherine worked in an administration role for Theatre and Dance NI and as a professional musician, piano tutor and most recently, a performing arts lecturer. After obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree and a master's degree in arts management from Queen's University, Catherine developed a passion for supporting the delivery of accessible and diverse community arts projects

Lindsey Mairs

Business Development Officer

Profile coming soon.