Luton Mela

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The history of Mela is a long and colourful one. Originating from South Asia, the word ‘Mela’ traditionally comes from the Sanskrit ‘To Meet’. Mela’s were an opportunity for families and communities to come together to celebrate religious, cultural or artistic events.

A Mela meaning ‘festival’ beautifully describes an exciting summer outdoor event with an emphasis on cultural and artistic programme. They feature a mix of music, food, and information as well as all the fun of the fair. Mela’s are an excellent opportunity for the whole community to come together and celebrate irrespective of ethnic background. They provide a crucial link with the community and offer organization a valuable opportunity to target a captive audience.

The first Luton mela took place in August 2000 and has developed into one of the most significant and well attended south Asian cultural events in the eastern region.

As well as exceptional entertainment (with both local, international and national artists), a showcase for the diverse communities of the town. The event also features a popular variety marquee. A children’s zone with fun activities, art, crafts, a variety of stalls and a vast array of food all of which attracted 40,000 attendees in 2015

The Luton Mela is organised by a group of local volunteers whose aim is to bring harmony within the community through arts.

To find out more about this years’ festival visit The Luton Mela Website