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Southampton Mela Festival 2016

Louise Harris - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Southampton Mela Festival is a free family festival organised by Art Asia filling Hoglands Park with music, dance and family activities from all around the world. This Saturday, 16th July, will see 20,000 people get involved in a range of activities including music and dance styles from South Asia and around the world. Get involved with Bollywood dancing, Flamenco or Bhangra, or indulge in family-friendly activities, international food and market stalls.


What is Southampton Mela Festival?


Southampton Mela Festival is in its 14th year of running, and is growing every year. Last year 17,000 people attended the festivities at Hoglands Park, and those numbers are expected to be even bigger in 2016. The festival brings cultures from around the world to Southampton, educating young people and families about their ways of life, music and dance, food and many other aspects. The festival, and its organisers Art Asia, invite everyone to enjoy the event that promises a fusion of music, dance and family activities, all with an international flavour. The festival aims to educate young people and their families about Southern Asian culture and other cultures from around the world.

What activities are at the festival?



This year sees a multitude of events over nine activity stations and stages…

Main Stage

Enjoy a variety of performances from Bollywood music to drumming to Kathak dance. The main stage has performances from twelve artists and groups over the course of the afternoon and evening.

World Stage

Music from all around the globe can be found on the world stage. From Irish music and songs to Flamenco music and dance, the world stage is a great place to learn more about music and dance styles from Asia and the rest of the world.

Activity Tent

If you enjoy the performances on the main and world stages, head over to the activity tent to try it out for yourself! There are dance and music workshops for a variety of styles that are fun for all the family.

Plus there are many more events across the Sports Zone Stage, Big Band and Brass Tent, Music Workshop Tent, Sports Zone and Activity Zones. To find out more about the activities at the festival, visit the Southampton Mela Festival website.

How do I get involved?

If you want to get involved in the 2016 Southampton Mela Festival, head down to Hoglands Park on Saturday 16th July 2016 from 12pm. Festivities will run until 9pm and there is plenty to get involved with before then! You can find Hoglands Park between St Mary’s Street and Palmerston Road.


We hope you enjoy the festival and learn more about cultures from around the world. If you attend, get in touch! Send us pictures and comments to our Twitter or our Facebook page.


The Options Team.


Image Credit: http://www.southamptonmela.com/ 










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