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The Newcastle Mela is celebrating its 25thanniversary this August, which means that they’re really going to push the boat out with more music, more food, more dance and more, well, more everything.

And what a glorious 25 years it has been for Newcastle Mela. Now firmly established as one of THE highlights of the summer months this free, family-friendly event has immeasurably enriched the region with thousands of visitors each year enjoying the entertainment and artist programming based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures. All ages and races are welcome and this year we’ll all be enjoying contemporary Asian music acts, as well as traditional displays of music, dance and poetry, as well as range of stalls selling delicious food and amazing crafts, children’s activities and a Health and Wellbeing area. And seeing as it’s the silver anniversary a special parade of riotous colour, drumming, music and costumes will take place on Sunday 26 August, winding its way from the Monument in the city centre up to Exhibition Park. If you’ve never attended the event before then this anniversary bash will be the perfect opportunity to sample its wares, and if you have, well, I’ll see you there. Once you’ve been once, you’ll never miss.

Newcastle Mela, Sunday 26 and Bank Holiday Monday 27 August, from 12 noon each day. Free. The parade stars at Monument at 12 noon on Sunday 26 August. newcastlemela.co.uk