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Mini Mela pops up to offer a taste of what’s to come

A photo of entertainment at Middlesbrough Mela

The Middlesbrough Mela is set to return this August, and this weekend there’s a taste of what’s to come.

This Saturday, May 21, a Mini Mela pop-up will be running in Middlesbrough town centre, opposite the former Debenhams building.

The pop-up, which runs from 10am to 3pm, will have a DJ playing the best in Bollywood and bhangra, live entertainment and fantastic street food.

A small market will offer the likes of Asian-inspired clothing, jewelry and henna tattooing.

The Mini Mela will be followed by the Middlesbrough Mela festival later this summer, when it returns to its home in Albert Park across the weekend of August 13 and 14. 

It will be the first full-scale Middlesbrough Mela since before the coronavirus lockdown, and promises to be a jam-packed weekend of music, street food and family fun.

The Mini Mela and Middlesbrough Mela are run by the Middlesbrough Mela Committee, Kash Patel Productions and Middlesbrough Council.

Councillor Stephen Hill, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Culture & Communities, said: “The Mela is one of the cultural highlights of the year, not just for Middlesbrough but for the whole Tees Valley and beyond.

“After a tough couple of years it’s going to be back bigger and better than ever in August, and this weekend’s pop-up will be a tantalising taster of what’s to come.”

The Mini Mela pop-up will run on Saturday, May 21 from 10am to 3pm opposite the former Debenhams building in central Middlesbrough.