The doom laden weather forecast failed to dampen yesterday's 10th Swindon Mela where a multitude of Asian food, craft and alternative health therapy stands, plus traditional music and dance acts, managed to squeeze into the Town Gardens along with some 20,000 visitors.
Swindon's multicultural festival attracts visitors from across the South West and organisers are rightly proud that the Mela has always been a safe, family friendly event.
On the Showcase Stage Kizzy Kukreja introduced a wealth of local talent including the Bollywood Dreamers and the vibrant Swindon Stars while on the main stage in The Bowl a host of established stars had the crowd on their feet. From up and coming Punjabi vocalist Lovely Singh to award winning Navin Kundra, who kept the audience entertained during a cloud burst.
And even when the predicted storm arrived festival goers continued to party.
Peacock Dance by children from the Tamil Association
The Swindon Belly Dancers
South Indian Cinematic Dance by the Swindon Stars
One of the many food stalls
Frances and Tracey representing Swindon Libraries
The Bandstand serves as an Information Point
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