City's Hoglands Park turned into a sea of colour

Daily Echo: Thousands enjoy Southampton Mela Thousands enjoy Southampton Mela

IT was like the whole world had converged in one place for the ultimate celebration.

The heart of Southampton was transformed into a sea of colour for an extravaganza fusing dance, music and culture from around the globe.

Daily Echo:

Thousands flocked to Hoglands Park as the Southampton Mela Festival as the city's largest free family event returned to its 12th year.

Revellers crowded to the main stages for performances representing traditional styles ranging from Indian classical, Qawwali, Bollywood, Bhangara, flamenco and folk.

Daily Echo:

The bustling food-court offered a scintillating taste of dishes and drinks ranging from all corners of the world with chefs serving up tasty dishes alfresco ranging from Indian samosas to Spanish tapas.

Shoppers browsed numerous stalls offering handmade jewellery, clothing, arts crafts and face-painting.Meanwhile kids let off steam in a sports zone with a sports zone featuring martial arts, aerobics and inflatable football pitch.

Daily Echo:

The event was organised by Art Asia focusing South Asian cultures with Chinese, African, South American and European.

Local groups and organisations supporting the event included the Hampshire COnstabularly, Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and St Patrick's Church.

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11:17am Sun 13 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

Looks like a great time was had by all. Glad the weather was nice for all involved.
Looks like a great time was had by all. Glad the weather was nice for all involved. IronLady2010
  • Score: 10

11:46am Sun 13 Jul 14

SolentColbran says...

I hope no taxpayer's money was wasted on this. I bet a white culture festival wouldn't get this sort of support.
I hope no taxpayer's money was wasted on this. I bet a white culture festival wouldn't get this sort of support. SolentColbran
  • Score: -33

11:59am Sun 13 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

SolentColbran wrote:
I hope no taxpayer's money was wasted on this. I bet a white culture festival wouldn't get this sort of support.
Even if Tax payers money was used, do you not think it was for a good cause?

The festival was intended to bring different cultures together and allow people to enjoy themselves no matter where in the world they originate from.
[quote][p][bold]SolentColbran[/bold] wrote: I hope no taxpayer's money was wasted on this. I bet a white culture festival wouldn't get this sort of support.[/p][/quote]Even if Tax payers money was used, do you not think it was for a good cause? The festival was intended to bring different cultures together and allow people to enjoy themselves no matter where in the world they originate from. IronLady2010
  • Score: 19

12:19pm Sun 13 Jul 14

southy says...

would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so
would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so southy
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Sun 13 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so
Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so[/p][/quote]Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-) IronLady2010
  • Score: 2

12:27pm Sun 13 Jul 14

southy says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so
Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)
I do but i feel that keeping just in the center a lot of people are missing out on these sort of things, maybe some thing like this should be done in the center then go to the out skirts parks give every one a chance.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so[/p][/quote]Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)[/p][/quote]I do but i feel that keeping just in the center a lot of people are missing out on these sort of things, maybe some thing like this should be done in the center then go to the out skirts parks give every one a chance. southy
  • Score: -1

12:30pm Sun 13 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so
Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)
I do but i feel that keeping just in the center a lot of people are missing out on these sort of things, maybe some thing like this should be done in the center then go to the out skirts parks give every one a chance.
They usually hold one in Eastleigh the week before.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so[/p][/quote]Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)[/p][/quote]I do but i feel that keeping just in the center a lot of people are missing out on these sort of things, maybe some thing like this should be done in the center then go to the out skirts parks give every one a chance.[/p][/quote]They usually hold one in Eastleigh the week before. IronLady2010
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Sun 13 Jul 14

southy says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so
Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)
I do but i feel that keeping just in the center a lot of people are missing out on these sort of things, maybe some thing like this should be done in the center then go to the out skirts parks give every one a chance.
They usually hold one in Eastleigh the week before.
Yes i see that, but what I was thinking a place like say Mansel park which could pull in people from Redbridge, Millbrook, Totton, Coxford, Lordswood and Shirley
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so[/p][/quote]Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)[/p][/quote]I do but i feel that keeping just in the center a lot of people are missing out on these sort of things, maybe some thing like this should be done in the center then go to the out skirts parks give every one a chance.[/p][/quote]They usually hold one in Eastleigh the week before.[/p][/quote]Yes i see that, but what I was thinking a place like say Mansel park which could pull in people from Redbridge, Millbrook, Totton, Coxford, Lordswood and Shirley southy
  • Score: -2

12:49pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Bagamn says...

As it's held in the centre of town makes it easier for people to get to by using the buses. That way you have no parking problems and no traffic jams. Southy could easily get a bus from Redbridge. These concerts always bring a new life to the city centre and should be praised.
As it's held in the centre of town makes it easier for people to get to by using the buses. That way you have no parking problems and no traffic jams. Southy could easily get a bus from Redbridge. These concerts always bring a new life to the city centre and should be praised. Bagamn
  • Score: 4

12:58pm Sun 13 Jul 14

southy says...

Bagamn wrote:
As it's held in the centre of town makes it easier for people to get to by using the buses. That way you have no parking problems and no traffic jams. Southy could easily get a bus from Redbridge. These concerts always bring a new life to the city centre and should be praised.
To many people avoid the centre of town now days and more likely to go to places like Totton, Romsey and Salisbury on this side of the City, but if you was to bring them to the out skirts then more people would get interested
[quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: As it's held in the centre of town makes it easier for people to get to by using the buses. That way you have no parking problems and no traffic jams. Southy could easily get a bus from Redbridge. These concerts always bring a new life to the city centre and should be praised.[/p][/quote]To many people avoid the centre of town now days and more likely to go to places like Totton, Romsey and Salisbury on this side of the City, but if you was to bring them to the out skirts then more people would get interested southy
  • Score: -6

1:05pm Sun 13 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
Bagamn wrote:
As it's held in the centre of town makes it easier for people to get to by using the buses. That way you have no parking problems and no traffic jams. Southy could easily get a bus from Redbridge. These concerts always bring a new life to the city centre and should be praised.
To many people avoid the centre of town now days and more likely to go to places like Totton, Romsey and Salisbury on this side of the City, but if you was to bring them to the out skirts then more people would get interested
I'd guess the organisers have done their research.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: As it's held in the centre of town makes it easier for people to get to by using the buses. That way you have no parking problems and no traffic jams. Southy could easily get a bus from Redbridge. These concerts always bring a new life to the city centre and should be praised.[/p][/quote]To many people avoid the centre of town now days and more likely to go to places like Totton, Romsey and Salisbury on this side of the City, but if you was to bring them to the out skirts then more people would get interested[/p][/quote]I'd guess the organisers have done their research. IronLady2010
  • Score: 3

1:40pm Sun 13 Jul 14

southy says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
Bagamn wrote:
As it's held in the centre of town makes it easier for people to get to by using the buses. That way you have no parking problems and no traffic jams. Southy could easily get a bus from Redbridge. These concerts always bring a new life to the city centre and should be praised.
To many people avoid the centre of town now days and more likely to go to places like Totton, Romsey and Salisbury on this side of the City, but if you was to bring them to the out skirts then more people would get interested
I'd guess the organisers have done their research.
Research in what matter I sure its not a compleat research, Look at the Kite Fes that was held on the Common with the flower show, the kite fes moved to 5 acres and the number of people who went increase by a 1/3 if i remember rightly the organisers was surprise at that and the only thing that they could put it down to is that people prefered to walk to the show than catch a bus or get the car out to the Common.
To move it out here on the west side, could prove the same as we do have a large asian community on the west side and in Totton and a number of old locals that would go
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: As it's held in the centre of town makes it easier for people to get to by using the buses. That way you have no parking problems and no traffic jams. Southy could easily get a bus from Redbridge. These concerts always bring a new life to the city centre and should be praised.[/p][/quote]To many people avoid the centre of town now days and more likely to go to places like Totton, Romsey and Salisbury on this side of the City, but if you was to bring them to the out skirts then more people would get interested[/p][/quote]I'd guess the organisers have done their research.[/p][/quote]Research in what matter I sure its not a compleat research, Look at the Kite Fes that was held on the Common with the flower show, the kite fes moved to 5 acres and the number of people who went increase by a 1/3 if i remember rightly the organisers was surprise at that and the only thing that they could put it down to is that people prefered to walk to the show than catch a bus or get the car out to the Common. To move it out here on the west side, could prove the same as we do have a large asian community on the west side and in Totton and a number of old locals that would go southy
  • Score: -2

2:36pm Sun 13 Jul 14

bigfella777 says...

It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.
It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun. bigfella777
  • Score: 3

2:40pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Zexagon says...

bigfella777 wrote:
It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.
Did you sing along to the songs?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.[/p][/quote]Did you sing along to the songs? Zexagon
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Sun 13 Jul 14

southy says...

bigfella777 wrote:
It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.
cheapest ticket to the Boat show is £15 but the normal price is £20 for half a day
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.[/p][/quote]cheapest ticket to the Boat show is £15 but the normal price is £20 for half a day southy
  • Score: -1

2:57pm Sun 13 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.
cheapest ticket to the Boat show is £15 but the normal price is £20 for half a day
The relevance?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.[/p][/quote]cheapest ticket to the Boat show is £15 but the normal price is £20 for half a day[/p][/quote]The relevance? IronLady2010
  • Score: 0

3:00pm Sun 13 Jul 14

southy says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.
cheapest ticket to the Boat show is £15 but the normal price is £20 for half a day
The relevance?
Relevance to bigfella post only, or did you not realise that
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.[/p][/quote]cheapest ticket to the Boat show is £15 but the normal price is £20 for half a day[/p][/quote]The relevance?[/p][/quote]Relevance to bigfella post only, or did you not realise that southy
  • Score: -1

3:09pm Sun 13 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.
cheapest ticket to the Boat show is £15 but the normal price is £20 for half a day
The relevance?
Relevance to bigfella post only, or did you not realise that
Sorry, didn't realise bananarama were at the boat show.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: It was awesome and totally free! Much better than paying 40 quid to see bananarama. The last 2 hours were brilliant last night and the dancing in the crowd was crazy. Real good fun.[/p][/quote]cheapest ticket to the Boat show is £15 but the normal price is £20 for half a day[/p][/quote]The relevance?[/p][/quote]Relevance to bigfella post only, or did you not realise that[/p][/quote]Sorry, didn't realise bananarama were at the boat show. IronLady2010
  • Score: -4

3:14pm Sun 13 Jul 14

shirlski says...

The Southampton Mela yesterday which I attended was a really great multi-cultural event, showcasing the good within the city which I fear will not be the case with the impending Immigrant Street t.v show as trouble and strife make much 'better' television than the happy people I saw yesterday. I was a busy boy and also attended the 80's wig-out on the common...had I not had a mate on security who let me in for nowt I would have felt a bit robbed of £42, a tenner would have been more like it, still at least the city felt alive with events which can't be a bad thing.
The Southampton Mela yesterday which I attended was a really great multi-cultural event, showcasing the good within the city which I fear will not be the case with the impending Immigrant Street t.v show as trouble and strife make much 'better' television than the happy people I saw yesterday. I was a busy boy and also attended the 80's wig-out on the common...had I not had a mate on security who let me in for nowt I would have felt a bit robbed of £42, a tenner would have been more like it, still at least the city felt alive with events which can't be a bad thing. shirlski
  • Score: -1

3:36pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Looks like a great time was had by all. Glad the weather was nice for all involved.
Which one are you in the pictures ....... ?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Looks like a great time was had by all. Glad the weather was nice for all involved.[/p][/quote]Which one are you in the pictures ....... ? Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Sun 13 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Looks like a great time was had by all. Glad the weather was nice for all involved.
Which one are you in the pictures ....... ?
I made my apologies yesterday for not being involved as I am away.

You must of missed that post? :-)
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Looks like a great time was had by all. Glad the weather was nice for all involved.[/p][/quote]Which one are you in the pictures ....... ?[/p][/quote]I made my apologies yesterday for not being involved as I am away. You must of missed that post? :-) IronLady2010
  • Score: -2

4:33pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Charlie Bucket says...

SolentColbran wrote:
I hope no taxpayer's money was wasted on this. I bet a white culture festival wouldn't get this sort of support.
Have you tried organising one and asking for funding?
[quote][p][bold]SolentColbran[/bold] wrote: I hope no taxpayer's money was wasted on this. I bet a white culture festival wouldn't get this sort of support.[/p][/quote]Have you tried organising one and asking for funding? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 4

4:42pm Sun 13 Jul 14

thesouth says...

SolentColbran wrote:
I hope no taxpayer's money was wasted on this. I bet a white culture festival wouldn't get this sort of support.
No because it would be s**t
[quote][p][bold]SolentColbran[/bold] wrote: I hope no taxpayer's money was wasted on this. I bet a white culture festival wouldn't get this sort of support.[/p][/quote]No because it would be s**t thesouth
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Sun 13 Jul 14

thesouth says...

southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so
Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)
I do but i feel that keeping just in the center a lot of people are missing out on these sort of things, maybe some thing like this should be done in the center then go to the out skirts parks give every one a chance.
They usually hold one in Eastleigh the week before.
Yes i see that, but what I was thinking a place like say Mansel park which could pull in people from Redbridge, Millbrook, Totton, Coxford, Lordswood and Shirley
Why? So they can wreck it?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: would be great if they bought this to the outskirts of Southampton in the parks, I use to go myself a few years back but conditions at the moment stop me from going, it was at this show I got an invite to talk on Awaaz radio great fun, was invited to come back again but again not able to do so[/p][/quote]Glad you enjoy these festivals too Southy :-)[/p][/quote]I do but i feel that keeping just in the center a lot of people are missing out on these sort of things, maybe some thing like this should be done in the center then go to the out skirts parks give every one a chance.[/p][/quote]They usually hold one in Eastleigh the week before.[/p][/quote]Yes i see that, but what I was thinking a place like say Mansel park which could pull in people from Redbridge, Millbrook, Totton, Coxford, Lordswood and Shirley[/p][/quote]Why? So they can wreck it? thesouth
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Sun 13 Jul 14

thesouth says...

Great event which once again highlights Britain's lacking culture (unless larger louts count). I loved the music, the food and general humble atmosphere
Great event which once again highlights Britain's lacking culture (unless larger louts count). I loved the music, the food and general humble atmosphere thesouth
  • Score: 0

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