Welcome to the Middlesbrough Mela 2014 in association with Middlesbrough College, the most spectacular multi-cultural celebration in the Tees Valley and the biggest in the North East.
CENTRE SQUARE UNVEILED AS NEW MIDDLESBROUGH MELA VENUE
THE hugely successful Middlesbrough Mela moved to the town’s Centre Square this year.
The event is firmly established as one of the region’s biggest celebrations of culture and diversity, and last years mela marked its 23rd year.
The multicultural festival draws huge crowds from Teesside and across the region to enjoy a fabulous mix of live music, delicious foods from around the world and craft and fashion stalls.
Heavy rain led to last year’s event moving to Centre Square from its current home in Albert Park, and the Mela Management Committee has now taken the decision to make the move permanent.
Centre Square proved popular with both stallholders and the public, and sees Mela return to its original 1990 home.
The Mela outgrew the former Central Gardens site, but Centre Square is one of the region’s biggest civic open spaces, recently playing host to huge crowds for the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay.
From this year, and the next two years, the Middlesbrough Mela will also take place slightly earlier than in recent years to accommodate Ramadan. The 2014 event will be held on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8.
Work is already under way to ensure Mela 2014 continues a great tradition and is an event to remember.
Mela Committee Chairman Naveed Hussain said: “The Middlesbrough Mela continues to go from strength to strength and I am sure that Centre Square will prove to be a great new home.
“We now have an exciting challenge ahead of us, but I am confident we can look forward to welcoming record crowds to this year’s event.”