Taking place every summer in London, London Mela is one of the biggest Asian culture and music festivals in Europe, hosting the crème de la crème of South Asian artists from the world of music, dance and comedy.
Last year, it celebrated its 15th anniversary at Gunnersbury Park. Among the performers were The Ska Vengers, Miss Pooja, Hard Kaur, Desi Crew, Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, DJ Dips, London’s Dhol Academy.
Its purpose is to celebrate South Asian culture, music and cuisine in a cheerful and colourful event that attracts more and more visitors every year. You will get to see some of the most interesting traditional as well as modern performers: from famous Indian classical musicians, traditional instruments and dance, to Bhangra hits, Asian pop, Muslim hip-hop and much, much more!
The Tastes of Asia food market is definitely one of the biggest highlights of this amazing event. There will be plenty of stalls selling all sorts of delicious traditional Asian food. Organizers boast carefully hand-picked food stalls and recommend not eating anything before the event.
You can choose whether you want to discover something completely new or enjoy some of the classical dishes. Visitor will also have a unique opportunity to buy traditional Asian crafts, enjoy circus acts, street theatre and dance displays.
This is a perfect day out for the whole family. Children will love Magic Mela, produced together with Croydon’s Aspara Arts, where they can explore and be creative, while having fun!
Indulge your senses by entering this melting pot and escape the dull everydayness by seeing some of the most spectacular performances ever, presenting a mixture of musical legends, local talent and pure, crazy circus.
This year’s event is the second edition of the Croydon International Mela, dedicated to the celebration of Croydon’s Asian communities and their rich culture. Visit this beautiful festival and be reminded how wonderful it is to be diverse. This festival aims to send an important message: that love always wins, even in the most difficult of times. Today, when borders and walls are being re-built separating culture from culture and people from each other, we should all remember how important it is to keep what we have now. Croydon International Mela is a symbol of diversity, tolerance and love. It invites us all to live together as neighbours and friends in this beautiful city.
This year, the festival will take place at Wandle Park, on Sunday 15th July. As always, the entrance is completely free of charge. The line-ups are yet to be announced and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us this year!