On the street opposite the Gurkha Store in the west London suburb of Feltham are a row of terraced semi-detached houses. Among them is ‘The Garage’, where the local Nepalis used to hang out to produce music, art, videos and to write.
Owner Shirish Gurung remembers a time when The Garage was a vibrant venue, bustling with activity for young Nepalis adjusting to their new country. It hosted indie artists, screened short films, it was where scripts were written for films that were never shot.
Sometimes artists meditated to get their creative juices flowing, or performed collective shamanist dances for cathartic purposes to the rhythmic wild beating of the madal and drums.