The 11th Tunbridge Wells Mela Festival which celebrates the diversity of the borough through music, food and dance will be taking place on July 17 at the Calverley Grounds between 12.30pm and 6.30pm. The Mela has been organised in partnership by Cohesion Plus and the Kent Equality Cohesion Council with the support of Arts Council England.
A range of culturally diverse artists will be performing at the Mela including Bulgarian folk dance group Kitka, local band Sean Fennessey and Friends, popular Bhangra star Jassi Sidhu, African ensemble Uzambezi, the Paul Dunton Orchestra, belly dancing troupe Anaconda, Phase 5 Steel Band and Stevie One who will be performing Motown classics.
Alongside the exciting stage programme there is also going to be a creative arts zone where Same Sky Arts will be delivering workshops and Nutkhut will also be performing with their special stilt walkers who will get the audience up, laughing and dancing.
In the food zone there will be dishes from around the World for everyone to enjoy and there will also be a licensed bar serving alcohol from around the Globe.
Gurvinder Sandher the Mela Festival Director commented “It has been very challenging this year to raise the funds to deliver the Mela Festival, I am delighted that with the support of Arts Council England, local businesses and community groups that we have been able to pull together the event. I believe that the Arts is an excellent way for bringing communities together and the Mela Festival over the years has proven to be very popular with the local communities. We have an excellent line up made up of local and international artists as well as a wide array of local food and trade stalls which showcase the diversity of the borough.”
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Please feel free to view last years mela