The tastes, sounds and vibrant colours of India will be showcased next weekend as part of a spectacular celebration at Hull City Hall.
Hull Indian Mela, on Saturday 16 September, will see performances from authentic dancers, as well as mouthwateringly tasty food served up by one of the city’s hottest restaurants.
The event has been organised by Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Hindu Cultural Association and is part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Creative Communities Programme.
This year will be the biggest and most colourful yet.
– Dr Navin Jaiveloo, Hull Indian Mela
Dr Navin Jaiveloo, one of the organisers, said: “This vibrant carnival will truly lift one’s spirit. Talented artists will be coming from all over the country to join fantastic local artists for what will be a spectacular day and a special celebration.
“Hull Mela has been going on for eight years, but this year will be the biggest and most colourful one yet as we take part in this amazing city of culture year. We would like the whole city to come together and celebrate the feeling of oneness in Indian culture.”
Performances and workshops will run throughout the day alongside stalls selling crafts, jewellery and authentic Indian cuisine.
The event starts at 11am with energetic bhangra dancing in the main hall, followed by singing and dancing by professional dancers and students from schools across Hull and the East Riding throughout the day. It also includes Bollywood dancing and dhol drummers.
Food will include delicious, authentic Indian dishes from Hull’s Tapasya restaurant, with other stalls offering henna tattoos, jewellery and crafts. Workshops in yoga, meditation, turban tying and cooking will be available.
A fireworks display outside Hull City Hall will round off the day, due to finish at 7pm.
Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Hindu Cultural Association with the Hull Mela in this city of culture year. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Indian culture in the heart of city.”
Tickets cost £4, £2 for children aged three to 12. Entry is free for children under the age of three. There will also be tickets available on the door, subject to availability.