Crawley International Mela, July 20-22, 2012
Mela 2012 Festival
Season is here, the final stage programme is out, and it's massive.
This is without doubt the best programme we have ever offered.
Check this out:
Wednesday 18th - School parade with Chrys the giant flying bug, Bloco Fogo Samba
and more, assembling at 10:30am in the Memorial Gardens near M&S.
Friday 20th - Evening concert with the incomparable Jazzy B, Crown Prince of Bhangra, singer, songwriter, with more than a dozen internationally successful albums to his credit, many in collaboration with greats like Sukshinda Shinder. JazzyB is largely responsible for revolutionizing Bhangra, integrating urban chic and hip hop into the traditional Punjabi art form. Not to be missed!
Experience JazzyB live, Friday night at the Hawth. Tickets priced £14.50 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and online at www.hawth.co.uk
JazzyB Special Offer:
The Mela committee has 10 unused complimentary tickets which it is giving away to the first 10 people who phone the Hawth to book a seat using the key phrase "April 1st on Mela web". But it's no April fool - max two tickets per caller, until 6pm only, and only available here. Phone now for a fantastic free evening of Bhangra. The Hawth box office landline is: 01293 553636.
Also starting on Friday evening, Benson's Fun Fair, which runs until Sunday evening; the ever-popular GHU Indian food stall (the best vegetarian samosas in Sussex) and much more.
Saturday 21st - With support from the Arts Council and Awards for All, a remarkable programme featuring Raghu Dixit, one of the hottest new stars in the Asian arts firmament. See the Saturday programme for more information.
Also on Saturday, Salim Sabri Qawaali, internationally recognized Sufi artist; the 30-piece Diksilindas Band and dancers direct from Alytus, Lithuania; a very special classical group, the Jyotsna Srikanth ensemble playing Carnatic music from Southern India, and much more. The Community Stage has its own very popular full programme including Grizzly South (returning by popular demand), Marysia, African Drumming with Djembe Divas, Black Orchids, Fantastic Elastic blues band and more.
Sunday 22nd - a busy day starting with Diva Dancers at 1:30, Gypsy Stars Roma music and dance; the fabulous Jaipur Brass Band; Rhythm High Dance; Sierra Leone's High Life Maambena with charismatic African storyteller Usifu Jalloh; and a massive special finale with ever-popular 4x4 Bhangra. The Sunday Community Stage features Bhangra legend Shin Cobra for a very special PA, HipHop artists Danny Dangerously and Delaney (back by popular demand), Melissa Ste. Marie, Xtreme Beatz and many more hot new dance and music acts including a ballroom dance demo by Miestalani Lithuanian dancers.
Also worth mentioning is the wide range of food, service, retail and information stalls. Catering this year includes Caribbean, Indian, South African, Chinese, British Hog Roast and much more - see the Stalls page for more information.
Raghu Dixit live on stage, Saturday at 4:00pm.
Jyotsna Srikanth, Saturday at 3:00pm.
Meanwhile, don't forget the 2011 Photo Archive for some great photos by Waldemar Jarecki.
Information for Small Businesses, Charities and Sponsors
Small Business On Display
We treasure our retailers because they make it possible for us to bring the festival to you.
If you'd like to see who is participating in 2012, please browse the Supporters page.
If you would like a stall but have not booked yet, now is the time. Pitch fees are the lowest they've been since 2006 and prices have generally remained unchanged from 2011. To apply for a pitch please see the Business page.