Mela is the Indian name for a social gathering or a fair traditionally held across many parts of the country. It can vary from religious, commercial, cultural, sports related or solely for entertainment of communities. Melas bring different cultures and communities together where various traditions and rituals are celebrated.
I-Mela's (international mela) first annual event occurred in 2013. This international Mela was held at Queen Victoria Park which included live performances by various South Asian artists, a dance competition and a raffle draw. The event far exceeded expectation when it came to attendance; with a crowd of 12000 people even though it heavily rained the entire day. Not only were there international sensations such as Miss Pooja performing, but the backdrop for the event, the Niagara Falls, made the event memorable to all those in attendance. In addition to the performances there was a bhangra competition where teams from various universities battled it out for the top place. I-Mela is the first event of its kind to take place in picturesque Niagara.
This year for 2018, iMela will be presenting a free movie night on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 before the main event on Sunday, August 5th. Two films will be screened at the Queen Victoria Park. One will be a kid’s-oriented film, and the other will be a family-oriented Bollywood film. The Bollywood movie will be presented with English subtitles to appeal to the larger English speaking audience.
Performances are by some of the very best local Canadian artists and international Punjabi/Indian/Bollywood/Pakistani musical artists. Entertainment will include bands, singers, dancers as well as a few local and international comedy acts.
For more information please go to www.imela.ca
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