Culturally diverse festival showcases local and international artists

    Sean Fennessey

    Sunshine, music, food and dance from around the world were the order of the day at the 11th Tunbridge Wells Mela Festival which took place in Calverley Grounds over the weekend.

    The event, organised by Cohesion Plus and the Kent Equality Cohesion Council with the support of Arts Council England, attracted hundreds of supporters.

    Mela Festival Director Gurvinder Sandher said: “This year despite the funding issues we have managed to deliver an excellent culturally diverse stage programme which showcased a number of local acts alongside internationally renowned artists.

    “The festival is unique to Tunbridge Wells and I am determined to keep it going.”

    The festival featured a range of culturally diverse acts including local artists Sean Fennessey and Friends.

    Headlining was international bhangra superstar Jassi Sidhu who had the crowd up and dancing with his unique fusion of bhangra and pop music.

    He said: “It was a great privilege to perform in Royal Tunbridge Wells. In recent months I have been performing in North America, Africa and India, so to come to an event like this where many in the audience are not familiar with my catalogue of hits and have them up and dancing was a great experience.

    “I believe events like this are a great way to expose audiences to new styles of music and established artists in particular genres like me to new fans”

    There was also an array of food, craft and information stalls.