Maidstone Community Mela – a celebration of music, food and dance from around the world – is at Whatman Park this Sunday (22nd July) between 12.30 and 6pm.
The centrepiece of Maidstone River Park will host the free event, which will be opened by the Mayor of Maidstone Dave Naghi and local MP Helen Grant.
There is an exciting programme of artists performing on and off stage including Maplesden Noakes School, Reel Eire Irish Dancing, Lambrego Brazilian band, Kitka Bulgarian Folk Dance, Maidstone Nepalese Community Group, Dance Asia Bollywood Fusion and the Chinese Lion Dancers.
The Mela will be headlined by Folkin Fusion drumming collective, which fuses the traditional dhol drum from North India and the Djembe drum from Southern Africa – mixed with a little bit of bhangra and hip hop – to get everyone up and dancing, and Tanni Browne – one of the UK’s leading Bob Marley Tribute acts.
Off stage, the food festival will have something for everyone ranging from British, Indian, Greek, Spanish, Nepalese, Chinese and Thai cuisines, as well as doughnuts, ice cream and hot and cold drinks.
Maidstone Community Mela, which has been held in the borough since 2003, is organised by Cohesion Plus and Kent Equality Cohesion Council, with funding support from Awards for All, KCC Members Fund and Golding Homes, as well as donations from members of the public.