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Celebration of cultures at Bradford Mela
12:00pm Tuesday 29th May 2012 in News
Visitors to Bradford Mela this summer can get creative and take part in lots of activities as part of the annual celebration of cultures.
The free Bradford Council-organised festival will be held on Saturday, June 9, at Peel Park from noon to 8pm. The programme features comedy, music and dance acts from across the globe.
In addition, the bcreative Arts Zone has grown this year and has activities such as Rangoli workshops, carnival arts and story times for children.Visitors can learn how to wear a saree or tie a turban, make their own carnival costumes and try jewellery and mask-making.
Street performers will be there throughout the day and music and dance with a global feel will be on the Mango and Guava Stage. Acts include Manasamitra, a local group which uses traditional techniques of Indian music, dance and storytelling, and Explosive Entertainments, who will perform their debut single, Gidhe Vich.
Councillor David Green, Council leader, said: “There will be so much to see and do at the Mela and the bcreative zone will give children and adults the chance to try out a variety of activities from dance, arts and crafts to making animation films.”
There is also Zumba and the chance to try bhangra moves with Bradford’s Nachda Punjab.
Visitors can wander round the stalls selling foods and gifts and enjoy the funfair rides. Last year, the Mela was reduced from two days to one, with budget cuts responsible for the scale-back.
More information is available online at bradfordmela.org.uk.