Tunbridge Wells Mela 2009

The Tunbridge Wells Mela is a free community event which celebrates the diversity of the borough through music, food and dance. The Mela will be taking place on July 19 at the Calverley Grounds between 12pm and 6pm. Highlights on stage include Bhangra Stars B21, a Dhaki-Dhol Collaboration performed by Four by Four and Mahua Arts, Deshi Movement a contemporary urban collective and Casabella Latin Fusion.

Tunbridge Wells Mela 2009 posterClick on the poster image for a larger view. You can download a full version of the poster as a pdf file by clicking here: Tunbridge Wells Mela Poster pdf.

In addition to the exciting stage programme there will a range of activities taking place including drumming workshops, face painting, arts and craft workshops, food from around the world and information stands from organisations such as Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue and The Environment Agency.

newB21Pic1The Mela is organised in partnership by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Cohesion Plus and North West Kent Racial Equality Council with the support of a Mela Project Steering Group. Cohesion Pus also secured some funding from Arts Council England for the Mela.

Gurvinder Sandher from Cohesion Plus commented:

“This is the 4th year that the Mela will be taking place in Tunbridge Wells. Each year we have managed to develop it further and this year with the support of Arts Council England we have managed to organise a very successful launch event and further develop the programming for the Mela. I would also like to pay tribute to our partners Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for their commitment and positive energy and hope that the sun will shine on us on Sunday”

For more information visit www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/mela.

Here are some exclusive photos from the day.

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