Cultures from all over the world came together for North East Lincolnshire’s Mela festival. Organised by Communities Together, the area’s second multicultural Mela took place at Meridian Park in Cleethorpes.
The event welcomed over 1000 visitors and played host to ethnic entertainment from Sikh martial arts and Chinese cookery to Indian Elvis. Alongside live acts, there was also a range of stalls, inflatables and even a climbing wall; providing something to suit all ages and interests.
Mela is a Sanskrit word, which means ‘gathering’ or ‘fair’ and can be used to describe exhibitions of any size or purpose.
Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph, the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Alex Baxter said: “[Mela] means bringing together members of our community from many cultural backgrounds and a way of building bridges and creating a strong socially cohesive society. It can also mean, ‘Let’s have fun’.”