Pukaar News – Leicester

Leicester Mela Festival Returns

An authentic array of South Asian arts and Indian culture will take over Leicester city centre as the annual Belgrave Mela festival returns on Sunday 19th August for its 36th year.

From 11am-6pm, people can enjoy a day of spectacular Indian inspired arts, music, culture, food, fashion and entertainment, presented in partnership with the world’s number one Asian television channel, Star Plus for its eighth year running.

Photo Credit: Leicester Mela

The event is also proud to welcome back their sponsor from last year, Natco Foods.

Pravin Mistry, Festival Manager said “We’d like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, Star Plus, Natco Foods, Sabra Radio and Mirch Masala as well as Leicester City Council, for their support in helping us make this community focused festival a truly diverse and entertaining event.”

Leicester Market will play host to one of the biggest Indian shopping bazaars, featuring an array of stalls selling clothes, jewellery and food from across the subcontinent, plus much more.

The main entertainment stage on Humberstone Gate will feature live performances from some of the biggest names in Asian music, including Manak E, Jagtar Dulai, Premi Johal, Kadam Verma and Shayal. A second stage located near High Street will act as a platform for local up and coming performers to showcase their immense talent.

Photo Credit: Leicester Mela

Dazzling the streets of Leicester and combining their amazing skills in performing breath-taking acts of courage and bravery are the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band and The Grand Indian Circus.

The spectacular and unique shows from Rajasthan’s elite circus and street performers will thrill audiences of all ages as they present a colourful, vibrant, fast-moving extravaganza of intrigue, drama, feats of daring, music, laughter and surprise.

Pravin Mistry, added: “I am sure the Mela will be a huge success again. The fact that thousands of people come every year, from far and wide, just shows what the Mela means to people here in the city and how popular the festival has become around the UK.”

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