Although beset with sponsorship uncertainty at the beginning of the year, the problems have been overcome with help from Intel UK, the Army, Wiltshire Police and the Swindon Cultural Partnership and organisers of the fourth Swindon Mela are looking forward to an even bigger and better event than in previous years.
Taking place in Town Gardens in Old Town, the day will see fantastic colour musical acts from the touring scene and local talent on show.
Among a host of stars appearing are international pop sensation, Raghav, the biggest name in world-wide Bhangra, Jazzy B, legendary Pakistani folk singer Arif Lohar and Indian brass band and Mela favourites, Bombay Baja, below.
A delicious variety of Indian food will be on sale as well as stalls selling jewellery, clothes, accessories, musical instruments and arts and crafts. A stunning fashion show, Bollywood dance and traditional Indian folk dance, plus demonstration areas and cooking workshops will also feature.
A health zone will see a range of complimentary therapists offer alternative Eastern therapies, whilst Intel will be showing off state of the art computer technology.
Chair of the Mela organising committee Rizvana Sheikh said, “we?re delighted this year?s Mela is going ahead. Several local organisations and businesses saw the potential of being involved with this nationally acclaimed event and we are very pleased to have them aboard. This year?s event promises to be the best yet with a strong line up of international stars, a huge wealth of local talent, as well as many other attractions.”