Maidstone Borough Council wants everyone to jot September 11 and 12 into their diaries to help make this year’s Mela the biggest and best to date.


The mela, an annual event, will be held in Mote Park over two days on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 – and you could be part of it too.


In the past the Mela has attracted more than 35,000 people since it began in 2003 and organisers want this year to be no different.


Gurvinder Sandher, Organiser of the Mela and Director of Cohesion Plus, said: “This year we want as many people as possible to take part. We’re looking for stall holders, volunteers and community groups to be part of this big celebration of diversity and culture.


“This year we plan to have something for everyone. The Mela is an important part of Maidstone’s culture and all of the activities we are planning are a great example of people working to bring communities together.”


A launch parade with a schools parade is planned for July 14.


The Mela is organised in partnership by Maidstone Borough Council, the North West Kent Racial Equality Council and Cohesion Plus.


If you would like a stall or want to volunteer for the Mela 2010 email Alastair Barker on or call 01622 602508.