EASTLEIGH Mela is only days away, and a thousand people are expected to attend to celebrate South Asian culture.

The multicultural festival will be returning to Leigh Road Recreation Ground on Sunday, July 24. Daily Echo: Credits: AWCACredits: AWCA

Local food vendors will be bringing a 'mouth-watering' variety of Asian food right to our doorstep as well as Mexican, Brazilian, and Caribbean recipes. 

Event coordinator, Mohammed Mossadaq, said: "We are expecting a packed crowd and hopefully good weather.

"There will be something for everyone. 

"The mela will be a meeting place for all performers across the UK and communities. We hope this event can bring them together." Daily Echo:

On the day, there will be two stages that feature 'non-stop' performances by both local and national performers.

The Eastleigh event will showcase performances by the South Coast Bhangra group, Bollywood dance workshops, Nepali dancing, the Chinese Association dragon dancing act, and Swan Samba will take over the stage too. 

The highlight of the event will be a performance by the British-Indian musician, Harcharanjit Singh Rupal OBE, known professionally as Channi Singh.

He is the "godfather" of bhangra, an Indian dance form. 

The mela has now been running for 16 years and is organised by the Asian Welfare and Cultural Association (AWCA). Daily Echo: Credits: AWCACredits: AWCA

This year, the organisation has also set up a few zones in the mela, such as the health zone, where visitors can receive free basic health checks and information. 

The information zone at the celebrations ground will have stalls and volunteers for local community projects and services such as fire, police and Eastleigh Borough Council. Daily Echo: Credits: AWCACredits: AWCA

Finally, at the family zone, parents and children can enjoy activities such as wall climbing, creative crafts, kite making, face painting, Taekwondo, Indian martial arts, Chinese Lion dancers, and much more.

This free festival will kick off at 11am and end at 6pm.

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