Mela returns to Eastleigh on Sunday

The free family festival that celebrates diversity with tastes and sounds from around the world has David Gower as Guest of Honour

mela costumes


Eastleigh residents will be able to sample tastes and sounds from around the world tomorrow (Sunday 21 July) when the annual Eastleigh Mela returns to the Leigh Road recreation ground.

The popular summer festival – now in its 14thyear – is organised by the Asian Welfare and Cultural Association (AWCA) and this year England and Hampshire Cricketing legend David Gower OBE will be Guest of Honour.

The free, family festival celebrates the diversity of local culture. Three stages will showcase music and dance from around the world – China, Poland, India, Brazil and the Caribbean.

mela samba

New this year, the park stage will feature the winners of “Eastleigh’s Got Talent” and “Hampshire Asian Community’s Got Talent.” Co-ordinating activities on that stage will be the ever-popular emcee Coco P. 

As usual there will be  a wide variety of International food stalls offering reasonably priced, mouth-watering Asian cuisine and kulfi – delicious Indian ice-cream. 

There will also be plenty of children’s activities, a climbing wall, kite making, an exhibition from Falconhigh and a fire engine to explore. 

Contributing to the vibrant atmosphere will be Chinese lion dancers and exhibitions from Sikh and Chinese martial arts – all in the open arena. 

The Mela which is well known for its welcoming friendly atmosphere, will run from 11 am – 6pm.