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Countdown under way to Middlesbrough Mela 2018

Middlesbrough is gearing up for another amazing weekend as Middlesbrough Mela returns for 2018.

Now in its 28th year, the family-friendly festival celebrating the town’s cultural diversity returns to Albert Park.

Bringing together families and communities, Mela is a fabulous mix of music, performances, delicious food, fantastic family fun, an eclectic shopping bazaar, funfair and so much more.

Hosted by BBC Asian Network DJs Kan D Man & Limelight (Saturday) and Tommy Sandhu (Sunday), festival goers can enjoy a weekend of entertainment ranging from local community groups and performers to international superstars.

Across the two days music and dance performances promise everything from Bengali to Bollywood, Fusion to Urban and beyond.

The Sunday stage is topped off by Bhangra legends DCS, before international superstar Jaz Dhami, who is flying in especially to headline Middlesbrough Mela, will bring the weekend-long festival to a close.

Expect a high energy performance featuring his biggest hits and songs from his brand new album. 

As well as a whole host of live performances, the Mela will be a feast of fun for foodies with delicious options from all around the world. 

Families can enjoy a wide range of activities including decorating your very own Mela bag, creating a dreamcatcher, storytelling sessions, tennis tasters and Dhol drumming with Apollo Arts.

There are also family games available for all, arts and crafts and park performances from street entertainers.

Visitors are reminded to cast their eyes up into the trees to enjoy the unique dreamcatcher hoops and woolly wonders created by local community groups and participants as part of the Mela Big Knit.

Keen shopping fans can pick up a bargain at the incredible bazaar that will run over both days, selling everything from summer dresses, traditional fabrics, sparkly jewels and much more. There will be something for everyone to buy.

Thrill-seekers can enjoy all the fun of the fair kindly supplied by W Crow & Son.

Rides include the exhilarating Exciter that will certainly provide a few white knuckles for those that can bear it, while for the not so daring there will be many other family favourites such as the classic dodgems.  

Naveed Hussain, Chair of the Mela Committee said: “We’re on the official countdown to this year’s Mela now and we can't wait to celebrate 28 years in Middlesbrough this weekend!

“Join us from noon on both days for a magical Middlesbrough Mela - you really don't want to miss it!”

The 2018 Middlesbrough Mela takes place at Albert Park this weekend, August 11 and 12 from noon – late.

The event is sponsored by Unison Middlesbrough, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Tees Valley Community Foundation, Teesside University, Persimmon Homes and W Crow & Son.