Preston City Mela returns to Moor Park

Posted on - 13th June, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Kid's stuff, Moor Park, People, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Proud Preston, What's On in Preston
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Mela event 2022 Pic: Michael Porter Photography

A well-loved festival returns to Preston’s largest park this weekend.

Preston City Mela, which celebrates South Asian culture, arts, music, dance and heritage, will feature a host of stage entertainment, roaming entertainment, workshops and stalls on Saturday June 17 at Moor Park

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Organiser of the festival, Gulab Singh MBE DL, said: “The Mela Board and its partners are all very excited to bring a packed programme of South Asian and Commonwealth heritage arts to Preston’s annual cultural programme. 

“Come and join us and experience the cultural event of Preston.”  

Now in its 26th year, the 2023 Mela includes performances by Nirmal Sidu, PBN and lots of local and national artists, with workshops including flower garland making, henna artists and sari draping. There will also be fun fair rides and a selection of South Asian food outlets. 

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

Preston City Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Arts, Councillor Peter Kelly, said: “Preston City Council is delighted to support the Preston City Mela again this year for a fantastic celebration of South Asian culture. It really will be a jammed-packed event to be enjoyed by all the family.” 

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A variety of community organisations will also be part of the event including local schools and public services, emergency services plus a range of community organisations.  

The stage entertainment runs from 10.30 until 5.30 and workshops from 11am until 4pm and entrance is free. 

You can find the full line up and site plan at  

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