CRAWLEY INTERNATIONAL MELA 2011

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Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July from 12 noon

The Hawth Grounds, Crawley

It’s back and better than ever, with more free family fun. This year the Mela has an Eastern theme with Eastern European acts including the 15-piece Gypsy Stars band and a magical Indian dance production from the Ramayana’s Deception in the Forest episode. Performed by stilt dancers the piece will involve local Bharatnatyam dancers as well as well-known UK artists such as Sid Shaha. There will also be traditional Ghanan drumming from Kakasistsi.

The community stage this year is packed full of great local acts including Bhangra from Jai Khan, grime/pop music from Grizzly South and dance from Shaun Angel Dance Academy and Rhythm High Dance Group on Saturday. On Sunday you can look forward to the beautiful voice of local singer Grace Saif, a Zumba display, Black Orchids Belly Dance team and local dancers Monica and Friends and Anouska and Shreeya. If you would like to perform on the community stage this year, whether you are part of a choir, a street dance team of a want to show off your African drumming, whatever your act contact Liz Hart on 01293 438156 or email liz.hart@crawley.gov.uk

There is also the usual range of workshops to look forward to, with an Eastern European exhibition, a Far East area with Japanese calligraphy, origami and Shiatsu massage, an Indian Zone with sari dressing and henna; origami and Shiatsu, hair beading and braiding by Urbanchic and Black History exhibition in the African zone plus Children’s Arts and Crafts in the Elgar Room.

2011 also brings better and more varied international foods than ever, with stalls catering to Indian, Caribbean and Nepalese tastes among others; and an expanded retail bazaar for bargain-hungry shoppers.

For a weekend of family fun, don’t miss Crawley International Mela! For more information visit www.crawleymela.org

Admission: Free

Saturday 30th July – Main Stage – Crawley International Mela

Schedule for Main Stage Performances

Time Acts Description
1345-1400 Opening procession Led by Jugnu Bhangra Dholis: The Mayor, Community leaders and sponsors
1400-1430 Opening Ceremony and multifaith prayers
1430-1450 Jugnu Bhangra I & Dance Probably the UK’s most experienced and accomplished Bhangra performers, this internationally-known group returns to the Crawley Mela for another inspiring show. See their homepage for more information and videos.
1450-1510 Belly Dancing Babybliss Melissa
1515-1530 Ramayana Promenade Spectacular stilt dance presentation of the ‘Deception in the Forest’ episode with Sid Shaha and others (seeCommunity Stage for more information).
1530-1545 Bollywood Dance Diva Dance Group – Saraasa
1545-1600 Jugnu Bhangra II As above
1600-1630 Iffy-K Bhangra/Urban/HipHop With three highly successful albums under his belt (‘Emotions’, ‘Sohniyeh Teri Surat’, ‘Rhythm on Fire’) and international singles, Iffy-K shows the experience gained from working with famous producers such as Hunterz, Tiger Style, Kam Frantic, D-Boy, Kami K, Jawad Haider, Sangra Vibes, Cheshire Cat, Pala Uppal, Ali Mustafa & Sohail Abbas (Pak), and Rajeev Bhatt (India). Performing in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English, Iffi is an exciting artist performing Internationally and throughout the UK.
1630-1730 Navin Kundra Singer, songwriter and musician Navin Kundra is a chart-topping (BuzzAsia, Sunrise Radio) multi-talented performer whose music combines eastern and western influences with a contemporary and edgy progressive sound. Whether it is the soulful love song, ‘Tere Liye (For You)’ or the contagious electro-pop ‘Jee Le’ or the urban fusion of ‘Love Thing’, Navin utilises his ability to effortlessly flip from singing and writing in Hindi to English to Punjabi whilst playing the guitar or piano to create an unforgettable musical experience. Check it out atNavin online.com.
1730-1830 Khan Brothers Qawwali Ustad Haji Ameer Khan and brothers come from one of the Indian sub-continent’s most ancient and respected musical families, now one of the few groups in Britain singing traditional Qawaali, the intense devotional style associated with Sufi Muslims, well-known in the west due to the success of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Check out performances including Crawley 2010 onGoogle.
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Saturday 30th July – Community Stage – Crawley International Mela

Schedule for Saturday Community Stage Performances (more to come):
Time Who Performing
1400 Opening Ceremony Main Stage
1415 Street Urban Dance Zumba and Salsa
1430 Marcin Szymcyzk Vocals, keyboards
1450 Shaun Angel Dance Academy Crawley based street dance team
1510 FIPA Stilt Dancers “Deception in the Forest” – ancient Ramayana tale narrated by FIPA Choreographer Hi Ching
1535 Jai Khan Essex based Bhangra dance and vocals
1550 Bilal Shahid and dancers Northampton based Grime/RnB/Rap
1610 Jai Khan Essex based Bhangra dance and vocals
1615 Rhythm High Dance Group Croydon based Bollywood dance group
1635 Planet Gnawa African Fusion Band
1735 Rhythm High Dance Group Croydon based Bollywood dance group
1745 Delaney HipHop Vocals
1800 Phantom Grime M/C
1815 Grizzly South Grime MCs

 

Sunday 31st July – Main Stage – Crawley International Mela

Schedule for Main Stage Performances

Time Performers Information
1400-1500 FireTones Classic 60s Rock – check out their website athttp://www.firetones.co.uk/
1500-1600 Gypsy Stars Traditional Eastern European music and dance
1600-1700 Kakasitsi Master drummers of Ghana, see our home page.
1700-1800 Sunday Driver Victorian Raj/Steampunk Fusion Band, tracks, gigs and more athttp://www.sundaydriver.co.uk.

 

Sunday 31st July – Community Stage – Crawley International Mela

Schedule for Community Stage Performances (more to come):

Time Act Performance
1330 Jaynes Zumba Zumba/African/Salsa demo
1350 Black Orchids Belly Dancing Troupe
1405 Monica & friends Local dance team
1415 Rare Urban Gems Vocals and dance team
1425 Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Solo Belly Dancer
1435 Grace Saif Crawley singer songwriter
1450 Shaun Angel Dance Academy Crawley based street dance team
1505 Anouska & Shreeya Local Bollywood dance team
1515 Desi Local bhangra dance team
1525 Brydon Local M/C
1550 Marysia Polish band and vocals
1640 Redzz London based Hip Hop/R&B
1700 Malwina Crawley-based Polish singer
1715 Chagos Archipelagos Rainbow Youth Club Chagos Dance team
1735 Cross Currents Multicultural band
1810 Portugese Musicians Traditional vocals and music

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