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Biggest South Asian festival in North England returns to Manchester for bank holiday celebration

By Dean Wilkins

The biggest festival celebrating South Asian art and culture in the north of England will return to Manchester’s Platt Fields Park this weekend.

Due to the torrential rain that battered the country during the early summer the event was postponed until a later date and between 12 and 8pm this bank holiday the free festival will take hold of Rusholme.

The Mega Mela will bring much needed sunshine – at least in spirit – the Manchester as live music, dance and traditional arts and crafts of South Asia, including sounds and aromas, arrive in Manchester.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “The Mela is a fantastic celebration of the cultural diversity that exists here in Manchester and the lively free event is enjoyed by tens of thousands of people every year.

“The festival is incredibly popular and after the setback earlier this year, due to atrocious weather conditions, it’s good news the Mela is still taking place.”

More than 60,000 have flocked to the event in recent years as the cultural attraction is organised from representatives of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistand and Sir Lankan communities in support with Manchester City Council.

If music and scented smells simply is not good enough, then tastebuds will be treated to authentic food from the continent, with numerous stalls selling traditional clothing as street artists perform throughout the day.

Khairul Alam, Mela Management Committee, “We’re proud to once again bring the largest celebration of South Asian arts and culture to Manchester and look forward to welcoming people from all cultures and religions to our event.”

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