Mela Festival

About The Mela

Watch Mela 2021 Live Right Here

An online Mela with take place on September 19th 2021. Watch live performances as they happen right here. Alternatively, you can click on the icon below to visit our Youtube channel.

The Southampton Mela Festival is a long-standing summer highlight in Southampton’s events calendar celebrating Modern and Traditional Asian Culture.

Over the last two decades, the festival attracts thousands of people per year from along the South coast to enjoy a fusion of music, dance and family activities, all of an international flavour from world-class artists. We have built a reputation as a great family day out with plenty of entertainment and activities for young and old plus entrance is free, as are most of the family focused activities. Art Asia is committed to creating a sustainable and park friendly festival, we are working with festival artists, suppliers and stalls to make better environmental choices.

2021 Southampton Mela

Following discussions with our Board and with Southampton City Council regarding COVID-19 infections continuing to rise, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to reformat the 2021 Southampton Mela.

The safety of our artists and our community is of top priority, therefore our planned live event on 21st August will be replaced with an online Mela on 19th September alongside a whole host of smaller-scale participation events and workshops from 1st August right through to 23rd November, which will reflect the spirit and excitement of the Mela.

We will be broadcasting a version of Southampton Mela Festival online on Sunday 19th September. This broadcast will feature performances by world class musicians, dancers and feature a whole host of highlights from our smaller scale events throughout the summer. You can also watch interviews with our artists and communities sharing their memories of the Southampton Mela over the last two decades. Watch this space, we will be sharing more details on this soon!
Share your Mela Memories with us!

What are your favourite memories of Art Asia and Southampton Mela over the years? Share with us by emailing We will choose a selection to be a part of our finale broadcast online in September.