The annual Crawley International Mela festival starts tomorrow (Saturday July 27) with live music, dance, workshops and food at The Hawth.
On the main stage there will be music representing all the cultures of Crawley including Asian, African, East European, Lithuanian and Chagossian communities.
Workshops running from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday include origami lessons, Japanese calligraphy, sari dressing and henna art as well as children’s arts and crafts run by the community arts group Same Sky.
There will be a Black History exhibition and in the Chaucer Room in The Hawth there will be a series of short films showing. At 3pm is a film called ‘A New British’, which documents different communities’ journey to Crawley and how they feel about it now.
At 4pm is ‘From India to Japan’ about the history of the spread of Buddhism from India via the Silk Route to Afghanistan, China and Japan from 400BC to the first millennium.
At 5pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday is a film about the story of the Diego Garcians called ‘Exiled’.
To find out more about all the events taking place go to http://www.crawleymela.org/