Newcastle Mela 25th Anniversary

To develop the Newcastle Mela 25th Anniversary celebratory programme, to reach a bigger and more diverse audience at this landmark event.

We did it!

On 22nd Jun 2018 we successfully raised £10,000 of £10,000 target with 13 supporters in 32 days

New stretch target

We have been overwelmed by the support  received through Crowdfunder and it is amazing to have achieved our initial target of £10,000.  A huge thanks to everyone that has pledged so far but if we can raise additional funds we can do so much more to make the Newcastle Mela 25th Anniversary one to remember!

We would like to stretch our original target by £3,000 to go towards the Mela Parade and activities.

On Sunday 26th August, day one of the Newcastle Mela, we are planning a parade which will bring an element of the Mela in to Newcastle City Centre.  The parade will be  vibrant and colourful and will include dance, music, wheeled structures, stiltwalkers, walkabout performers and local people and businesses  joining in with the walk from Blackett Street to Exhibition Park .  

If we can raise these extra funds we can run some activities in the centre of Newcastle  prior to the parade taking place.  This could include dancers, dhol drummers, henna artist and we will be offering street circus entertainment.  The parade and the entertainment on offer at the Monument  will give visitors to Newcastle City Centre a flavour of what they can expect at the Newcastle Mela.

There are still rewards available and if you pledge you can be part of making the parade and activities in the City Centre happen.

Newcastle Mela 2018

We are proud to announce that 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Newcastle Mela, a vibrant cultural event, which takes place every year in Exhibition Park, in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Newcastle Mela is a celebration of South Asian music, food, crafts and activities and is a free, family-friendly event that has something for everyone, no matter what your age or background.

This year, the Newcastle Mela 25th Anniversary event will take place on Sunday 26th and Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2018.


The Newcastle Mela is asking for your help. As this is a very special year, we would like to develop an even more spectacular programme to celebrate the Newcastle Mela’s 25 years of entertaining visitors from far and wide.

We hope to raise £10,000 to expand the creative programme to include a Parade through the city, a Poetry Marquee and new headline music acts to compliment the activities and performances that usually take place over the two days.

We are eligible for a 50% match from #CrowdfundNewcastleCulture through the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear, but in order to acquire this funding we must secure £5k from supporters and the public.

With your support we can make this a year to remember for all our communities across the city and further afield.

Please pledge your support and encourage your friends to support us too. We have some amazing limited-edition rewards in exchange for your pledges!

Thank you,

The Newcastle Mela 25th Anniversary team

If you choose to donate via the rewards page, here is a photo of the limited edition tshirt that you could own.


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