The North-Easts largest multicultural event, Middlesbrough Mela starts this Saturday June 7th! This will be the 24th time this event has taken place, last year alone saw up to 50,000 people converge on the town's Centre Square for the two day celebration of culture and diversity.
As with the last Mela, this years will be no different when it comes to the experience, with a diverse mix of live music, foods from around the world, activities. craft and even fashion stalls.
Brit Award nominee Apache Indian is the headline act on sunday which will feature seven hours of live muti-cultural music while Saturday will be all about participation.
Taking place between noon and 12:30pm, the Mela Parade will follow route from Middlesbrough Town Hall along Albert Road, around the outside of the Cleveland Centre before doubling back on itself at Corporation Road.
This will be a first from Middlesbrough Mela with having its own parade. This is thanks to funding from Thirteen, Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, Arts Council England and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
After the parade. Spice fm's Sandeep will host a vibrant programme of dance and sport displays, with visitors encouraged to take part in a range of activities including trampolining, table tennis, dragon boat racing, self-defence and boxing. Teesside University will also be hosting a multi-games arena which will include football, short tennis, dodge ball, penalty shoot-outs, and keepy-up competitions.
The first day of Mela will conclude with performances by local music acts Josh Daniel, Elle Wood and Bre Musiq between 5pm and 7pm.
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