The Manchester Mega Mela is back at Platt Fields Parks with a colourful and vibrant celebration of Asian music, dance and culture.
The Mela, which will take place on Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July 12pm until 9pm, is the largest Asian melafest in the North West of England, with thousands of visitors expected from across the region.
Musical performances on two stages, a funfair and circus will keep the crowds entertained along with games such as the tug of war and the stone-lifting challenge.
A fashion show and stalls will keep clothes horses happy while the authentic asian cuisine on offer will be a delight for foodies everywhere.
Renowned international artists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will mingle with budding community artists in Greater Manchester displaying and selling their work, offering henna painting and giving visitors the chance to try arts and crafts themselves.
Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: "We're delighted to see the Manchester Mela return to Platt Fields park for what has become one of the biggest events in the city's calendar. It celebrates the rich cultural diversity we enjoy here so well and it's wonderful to welcome so many people to the city for what is always a fantastic couple of days."
Within the Mela event, Destination South Asia is a zone of activities where visitors can enjoy and participate in South Asian cultural activities:
Chai Serai Marquee - a programme of folkloric, classical and contemporary dance and music. Well known international poets from Europe, North America and South Asia will also feature in the poetry session on Sunday 26 July.
Dance workshops marquee - interactive workshops giving visitors the chance to experience South Asian dance styles such as Bollywood, Bhangra, and Dhol drumming.
Arts and Crafts marquee - Workshops for children and adults including Rangoli, Henna painting and paper craft 1.30pm - 6.30pm each day.
Circus workshops for children will include juggling and balancing skills 2pm - 6pm.
Entry to the Manchester Mega Mela is free of charge and car parking is £3.00.