Big John’s Birmingham Mela returns to Cannon Hill Park on Sunday (31 July 2016), celebrating the city’s South Asian community through its culture, food, sport, art and entertainment.
This free family event, now in its 16th year, includes live music from an array of artists, headlined by singer Imran Khan and hosted by BBC Asian Network presenters Tommy Sandhu and Noreen Khan.
Other performers at the event include Bonafide, Asif Khan, Juggy D, Zack Knight, Rameet and B21, with community acts such as Yemani Music Group, New Creativity and RnR Dancers also taking part.
Attractions include funfair rides, a sports area hosting a Kabbadi tournament, a fashion show, a martial arts display, a bazaar with clothing, jewellery, music and craft stalls, plus a whole host of catering units selling traditional Asian food.
Cllr Mariam Khan, chair of Birmingham Mela Steering Group, said: “Big John’s Birmingham Mela is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together to celebrate our city’s diverse cultures.
“With a wide array of attractions, entertainments and food, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s event, which is set to be even bigger and better.
“We are delighted to be delivering Birmingham Mela in association with Big John’s, without whom this free family event would not be possible.”
This year the event, which is funded through corporate sponsorship and sales of stalls, also received a grant from Arts Council England.
Birmingham Mela runs from 12pm to 8pm with free parking available at Edgbaston Stadium, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Ground, and Calthorpe Park, off Pershore Road. However visitors are encouraged to use public transport where possible
For further information about Big John’s Birmingham Mela, visit the event’s website www.bigjohnsbirminghammela.com.