For those of us in Bradford, the Mela is one of the highlights of the year. Not only does it bring the best in Asian cuisine and culture into one awesome smelling and looking place, but it seems to bring out the best in Bradfordians.
Yes, it's a long way from the heady days when local enthusiast 'Dusty' was in charge, and yes, down to local government cutbacks, its only one day this year, instead of the usual weekend. It is still a wonderful event and I would recommend it to anyone living in West Yorkshire for a great family day out.
Our contribution this year will be in the 'Sanctuary Tent'. This tent celebrates the best in the cultures of those who arrive as asylum seekers in our country - and is full of dance and music and story. Members of 'SoulSpace' will be kicking off contributions by a special service of songs from the world music collection from the Iona Community. These songs of hope and commitment from South Africa, Cuba, Rwanda, Scotland, always inspire and uplift - even with my voice!
If in the area, come down to the Mela this Sunday in Peel Park, and if in the mood for spiritual music that is full of passion, then get to the Sanctuary Tent for 12 noon!