This year’s Manchester Mega Mela will have even more to offer with new stages and an arts and crafts marquee added to the already busy line up. The Mela will give everyone the opportunity to experience a diverse array of talent from the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Nepalese communities in and around Manchester.
The highlights on the main stage will include, DCS performing their award winning bhangra with a full live band, Juggy D, performing exclusively for the Mela, Rishi Rich and H Dhami, international Qawalli singer, Rafaqat Ali Khan and RDB performing their Bollywood smash hit, Rafta Rafta.
One of the highlights of the day will be a performance of ‘In the Dholdrums’ presented by the Walk the Plank company from an original idea by Ajay Chanbra. A giant mobile dhol drum will be paraded through the Mela crowd. On arrival the drum bursts open to reveal drummers hidden within. The show culminates in a spectacular finale accompanied by pyrotechnics.
The new Showcase stage (funded by the Arts Council) will feature performers from all over the North West ranging from classical dance to hip hop. The area will also include the Arts and Crafts marquee where there will be lots of hands-on activities for both children and adults including rangoli and henna. The whole area will be a family friendly zone with café and seating available.
Sports fans will also be catered for with a kabbadi competition, Indian wrestling and stone lifting all included in the programme.
A huge selection of food stalls will also be serving up a mouth-watering range of authentic South Asian food. There will also be a funfair to provide all the thrills and spills that anyone could need.
Councillor Mike Kane, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said, ‘The Mela is one of the highlights of the year in Manchester and will once again provide an opportunity for communities to come together in a celebration of the city’s diversity. The Mela will have something for all the family to enjoy.’
The Mela is open to everyone is a free event.