27 photos looking back at the Crawley Mela from 2007 and 2008

The Crawley Mela has always been one of the biggest and brightest weekends in the town's calendar.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 4:32 pm
Musicians at the Mela

The Mela has been in existence since 1989 and was originally a summer festival organised by Crawley Borough Council with the support of local Asian and African communities before it was hosted and co-ordinated by The Hawth Theatre.

As funding reduced, the administrative responsibility fell to community volunteers. The last Mela was held in 2015.

Here we look back at the event in 2007 and 2008. Would you like to see the Mela return?

The Mela attracted a lot of visitors

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Dignitaries at the event held at the Hawth
Nice to see a Crawley Observer reader in the crowds!
Dancers at the event
The Mela celebrated all ethnic and cultural communities in Crawley
Singers on the main stage
The main stage at the event
Participants at the event from 2008
The crowds in 2008
Dancers at the Mela
Children taking part in the activities
Dancers in 2008
Pictures from 2008
A group of performers in 2007
Dignitaries at the 2007 event
Performers keep the crowds entertained
Musicians lead the parade
People at the 2007 event
The crowds watching
Singers entertain the Mela crowd
Dancers on the main stage
The Mela always had great performances
A young member of the crowd enjoying the festivities
All cultures were celebrated at the Mela
A singer performs
Dancers entertain the crowd