Southampton Mela Festival announced for 2024!

Published on: 27 October 2023

Art Asia is delighted to announce the return of the Southampton Mela Festival in 2024. The festival will take place on Saturday 13th July 2024. Hoglands Park in the city centre will come alive with world-class music and dance artists. There will food stalls from local businesses across the southern region, as well as family fun activities, creative workshops and a huge range of stalls to explore.   

The Southampton Mela Festival is a celebration showcase of the year-round music and dance activity that Art Asia coordinate in the city. World-renowned artists will also perform across the three stages in the park. The line up will be announced in early 2024. One of the most popular features of the Southampton Mela Festival is the eclectic cuisine. Festival goers can sample a delicious range of food delights from all over the world. 

Returning stronger following the cancellation of the Southampton Mela Festival in 2023.

Dahlia Jamil, Chief Executive of Art Asia says, “I am delighted to announce that this coming year’s Southampton Mela Festival will be a big celebration. Following the cancellation of the festival in 2023 due to adverse weather, we are looking forward to celebrating together more than ever. We are excited to be bringing the festival to our vibrant city packed with world music performances, amazing cuisine, workshops for all ages and many more activities to be announced.” 

Art Asia is delighted to have the continued support from their key funders Arts Council England and Southampton City Council.  

The Southampton Mela Festival is a long-standing summer highlight in Southampton’s events calendar celebrating Modern and Traditional Asian Culture and inviting world music acts to perform. Over the last two decades, the Southampton Mela Festival has attracted thousands of people each year from along the South coast, and next year’s return to the live event setup is expected to be even bigger. 

The line up is yet to be announced but it will include old favourites, community groups and performers, arts craft and music workshops, and food stalls galore! Save the date and come and join in at the most vibrant multicultural festival in the Southampton calendar.

The event is free for attendees.

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