This year’s event is expected to welcome upwards of 120,000 people, and will be a big hit with families as jugglers, clowns, roaming street theatre acts and top-class world music entertain the crowds.
The big name acts Bradford Mela is renowned for will not be overlooked, with Indian fusion from JoSH on Saturday. Sunday will see Pakistani pop sensation Haroon headlining with Bhangra superstars RDB – fresh from performing with Akshay Kumar at the IIFAs.
A relaxing chillout area will allow families to dip in and out of the bustle at will, and art exhibitions, sports, a full-scale restaurant, global market, and a range of children’s activities will be among the other attractions.
The 2007 Bradford Mela is bringing together a range of musicians and performers - from world music, bhangra, jazz fusion and classical – on three music stages which will be placed strategically around Peel Park to help crowds find their favorites.
Music fans will witness some unique productions, including Classical Stage collaborations between world-famous saxophonist Andy Sheppard and inspirational musician and talba (a kind of drum) player Kuljit Bhamra. In another unique combination jazz outfit Loose Tubes will invite Cuban violinist Omar Puente to join them in a special concert.
Top chorographer Pratap Shetty – who has worked with Shilpa Shetty – will perform, and give away some dance secrets in interactive workshops.
Bradford Council’s partners at the event include Bradford Vision, who will host a huge marquee full of interactive fun from different community groups while Christian Aid and Islamic relief have teamed up to raise money jointly.
Arts network FABRIC will showcase local community artists and acts
Sponsors have already made a massive contribution to this year’s Summer events, with telecommunications company int2one – who also sponsor Bradford City Football Club – providing backing of £60,000 as the EXCLUSIVE sponsor for Bradford Mela 2007.