Leicester Belgrave Mela
Since 1982 Leicester Belgrave Mela has been a community focused celebration of South Asian Arts and Indian Culture which has left a trail of milestones, memories and memorabilia in its path. Over the years the festival has changed name, changed location and grown dramatically but its values and mission remain the same.
For four years until 1986, the small fete in Cossington Park, attracted hundreds of people from around the Belgrave area for a day of celebration. As word of the festival began to spread, the crowds grew and in 1987 the festival was renamed the ‘Belgrave Mela’ to reflect the diversity of the community and honor the way in which the festival brought the people of the community together, just like traditional Mela festivals in India. By 1999, the festival’s reputation had spread not just across Leicester, but across the region and even the UK and it wasn’t long before it was renamed the ‘Leicester Belgrave Mela’ in recognition of its national status. The South Asian arts and Indian cultural festival set the bench mark for dozens of similar summer festivals which began to take place in other major cities across the country.