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Our highlights at the upcoming Croydon Pride…

July 12, 2019


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Lady Leshurr

MOBO award-winning rapper Lady Leshurr along with Croydon born, David McAlmont will top the bill at Croydon PrideFest 2019.

Pansexual and proud hip-hop MC Lady Leshurr known for her infectious freestyles is the leading name on the stellar line up. From her musical collaboration with will-i-am to her most recent eye-catching Glastonbury performance, Lady Leshurr is probably the most recognisable of any black queer female artists set to light up any Pride stage this summer.

Croydon born, black and queer singer and songwriter, David McAlmont, will bring his flamboyant live persona to the Pride stage, alongside his musical partner Janette Mason. Expect unique and super soulful takes on the songs of David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael.

Artistry, Inclusion and giving visibility to the un-checked. Welcome to the evolving Croydon Pride…

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In The Cabaret Tent, The Batty Mama create a down and dirty, open and enticing dystopic space for queer and trans bodies and Black and Brown, queer, QTIPOC and LGBTQI+ identifying people. Along with Karnage Kills, Midnight Iris, Kamah Bob plus more we look forward to a rota of queer / LGBT+black performances, which inject a cutting edge diversity that is leagues ahead of other Prides in Europe.



TIME: 12PM – 9:30PM



Croydon Mela returns this weekend!

July 10, 2019

Croydon Mela Banner

“It used to be in a big way, a time to chill and come together. Now it’s different. Times are different. Perhaps generational, where 2nd& 3rd generation are better connected to the rest of the world”. 

These are the words of Malti Patel, one of the curators of Croydon Mela 2019 and an original Mela contributor from past years when the event was a must go to event. With changing times Croydon Mela has evolved where is still attracts a strong following without compromising it’s core values.

Croydon Mela ran successfully and grew to be an annual fixture in most people’s diaries, running in Croydon from 1997 to 2010. Then with the credit crunch and a withdrawal of spending for the arts (which affected organisations up and down the country), Mela in Croydon came to an abrupt end.

However, Croydon Mela made a welcome return in 2017 and as we look ahead to this Sunday, it feels like we are moving towards an event with a more local focus. Having a solid foundation that shouts authenticity and curated by an all-female lead team, will see the event produce an experience that focuses on ambiance. The sights from the incredible acts on stage. The smells from the rich aroma of food traders who will be delighting the taste buds of festival goers. The senses will be served well, which will add to the whole experience of celebrating South Asian culture.


Croydon Mela this year will have three distinct but well thought out areas, programmed to attract a wide audience whilst pulling on local talent:

MAIN STAGE has been curated by cultural producer, Chetna Kapacee. Expect to see a variety of bands representing different flavours. Project MishraM is a Progressive Carnatic Rock/fusion band from Bangalore. Namlo bring a Nepalese sound. The String Bands will be on hand to play the popular Bollywood songs. Heading up the main stage will be familiar face Apache Indian, bringing his familiar energy to delight the audiences.

MELA RUNG ZONE has been produced by Malti Patel of Apsara Arts & Kathyrn Bilyard of Emergency Exit Arts This family zone will have everything from interactive performances to workshops. Attendees will be encouraged to get involved in the workshops, telling their own story and add it to the Croydon Mela ‘Bridges of Stories’ installation.

DANCE DHAMAKA (the dance stage) has been programmed by Anusha Subramanyam and will showcase s a mix of South Asian classical, folk and Bollywood dance along with diverse styles from around the world. One highlight of this stage will be the opportunity for the crowds to learning ‘Rowdy Baby’, which could end up being the largest gathering of people in one place to performance this viral classic at the same time!

This would not be a Croydon Mela without an excellent food offering. The Spice Yard, Da Ja Street Food, En Root, Red Cherry Takeaway and Rendang to mention but a few will all be on hand to ensure bellies are kept full.

Malti feels that the three areas will be better connected and whilst distinct in nature will be far easier for people to navigate.

“With Mela it is an opportunity for people to feed their culture and gain a sense of identity”

With an authentic voice behind the programming and a team with vision, Croydon Mela is on the up. With so many cranes and building works taking place in Croydon, it is the perfect time for local businesses and developers to integrate themselves within community festivals and activity with Croydon Mela being the perfect platform to achieve this.

Apsara 2.1

We asked Malti ‘what does the future hold for Croydon Mela’? Well to know where we are heading it is important to acknowledge the past where Mela used to attract up to 20,000 people. It had a strong identity with good investment in production and a strong artist line up. Since 2017 the event has been growing with last year’s attendance peaking at 13,000.

‘Mela needs to regain its identity whilst also catering for today’s British Asian and young audience’

For Croydon Mela 2019, there will be an abundance of art and creativity as the borough along with neighbouring regions come together to celebrate the very best of South Asian culture.

WHEN: Sunday 14thJuly

WHERE: Wandle Park, Croydon CR0 4XT

TIME: 1pm – 8pm


Courtesy of ‘Bollywood Fever


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