The prize-winning Swindon Mela, now in its tenth year, has been described as the ‘best in the west’ but the biggest free festival in the South West, celebrating the sights, sounds and tastes of the best that the Indian sub-continent has to offer, could be forced to close.
Last year saw a record-breaking 23,000 people enjoying the sunshine, the music and dance, the mouth-watering foods and the huge variety of stalls and activities on offer. But austerity is threatening the Mela’s future, with key sponsors tightening their belts or cutting back sponsorship and organisers are desperate to raise funds for this year’s festival, due to be held on Saturday 25 August at Old Town Gardens in Old Town.
To raise vital funds organisers are running a Taste of the Mela at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery in Old Town on Saturday 9 June, 10am to 5pm.
It wil be a chance to eat delicious food, get your feet moving, have a go at tabla drumming, or relax with an Indian head massage. Donations will be taken on the door.
Swindon Mela Ltd is a planning number of curry evenings and a mini-Mela. To find out more go to A Taste of the Mela page on Facebook.
Make a donation, offer sponsorship or volunteer your services via www.swindonmela.com