The fabulous programme of events includes a huge fun-fair; fashion show, cultural performances from locally and internationally renowned artists; over 60 stalls featuring speciality food, crafts and clothes; music, dance and sport, not forgetting the best Kabadi action of the season (for those not in the know – Kabadi is a very popular Asian contact sport) and roadshows hosted by Sunrise Radio and DM Digital TV Channel.
Amongst the host of stars appearing at this year’s Mela are rising bhangra star Lehmber Hussainpuri and the legendary Birmingham based bhangra group B21. Also on the bill are UK Mela favourites and superstar MCs Metz and Trix and singing sensation Arif Lohar with his modern take on traditional Pakistani folk music.
An important feature of the Mela this year will be stands staffed by various agencies offering advice on education, careers, employment and health.
Entry to the event on both days if free, and secure on site car parking will be available for £3 per car.
The event is sponsored by local businesses, Manchester City Council and other friends.
Councillor Mark Hackett, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: “Manchester City Council is delighted to support the local communities in staging the Manchester Summer Mega Mela and celebrating the richness of cultural diversity in our city. We welcome people from all communities to come along and enjoy what promises to be a spectacular event.”
Chair of the Mela management group Mr Puspa Shrestha said: “After last year’s success at Heaton Park, we have now returned to our natural base Platt Fields Park. This Mela will have something for everyone, and we welcome visitors from Manchester and other areas to have a good time at the Mela.”
Commenting on the event, Chief Executive of Manchester Council for Community Relations Khan Moghal said, “We are pleased to have given strategic and logistic support to the Mela working together with representatives of the five South Asian nations: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The support from Manchester City Council has been invaluable in bringing the Mega Mela on the international calendar of festivals.”
The Manchester Summer Mega Mela is part of Manchester City Council’s seasonal event programme, other highlights include the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 19-20 August 2006.