Preston City Mela returning to Avenham Park

Posted on - 2nd June, 2022 - 1:32pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Avenham, City Centre, Music, Parks, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Preston City Mela Pic: Michael Porter Photography
Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Preston City Mela is making a comeback this year by celebrating the rich diversity of Lancashire at Avenham Park.


The multicultural arts festival, is a collaborative project with Arts Council of England, Preston City Council, University of Central Lancashire and Community Gateway Association.

The Mela Festival will take place on Saturday 4 June 2022, to celebrate three key events including the Platinum Jubilee weekend, Preston City Mela’s 25th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the Queen bestowing city status.

This weekend the workshops will take place from 11am to 4pm and performances will be from 11am to 6.15pm.

Preston City Mela is an extensive family entertainment programme of live music, dance, workshops for crafts and arts, community organisations stalls and much more.

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Preston City Mela Pic: Michael Porter Photography
Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Preston City Mela, Production Manager Gulab Singh MBE, said: “Finally, we welcome you, your family, and your friends to attend and enjoy what Preston Mela has to offer and take part in these celebrations.

“We have a great line up of artists which we know you would like. I hope you all have a wonderful experience and enjoy the Mela.”

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Neil Darby, said: “The Preston Mela is a long-standing highlight on the city’s cultural calendar and showcases some of our rich and diverse communities.

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“It offers a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our 20-year anniversary as a city and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, by bringing our communities together, highlighting local talent, and offering something for everyone.

“The word Mela means ‘a fair’ which traditionally would bring the community together – exactly what this event achieves.

“We are proud to host the Mela in the heart of the city centre each year and look forward to an even bigger event for 2022, I hope Prestonians of all ages join us for this brilliant, free family event.”

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