June 19 2013 Latest news:
by MICHAEL ADKINS, Assistant Editor (content)
Monday, August 8, 2011
Top European Bhangra act Jazzy B is to headline the ninth Dartford Community Mela Festival on Saturday for the first time.
Organised by the Kent Equality Cohesion Council and Cohesion Plus, it will celebrate the diversity of the borough through music, food and dance.
Also appearing in Central Park, Dartford, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm are local acts Four by Four Bhangra, Arminder Nahal, Jai Khan and leading urban Bhangra pop act PBN.
Jazzy B said: “I am currently in Vancouver filming a video for my new album. I am flying in just before the Mela and it is an event I have heard a lot about and am really looking forward to performing there.
“It is important to hold free festivals like this where artists like me can showcase our music to all the diverse communities who live in the Dartford area.”
Alongside the performances on stage there will also be displays, a funfair. food stalls and information available on a wide range of local services including Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and Hope Group.
Organiser Gurvinder Sandher said: “I am pleased that this year we have organised our biggest Mela to date. We have been fortunate to have secured as the headline act Jazzy B who is a big following all around the world.
“I hope the communities of Dartford will come out and support this free event. This will be a truly family event. None of this would have been possible without the help and support of Arts Council England. These are a wide range of styles of music and dance which will hopefully appeal to everyone who attends the event.”
Dartford Borough Council and local community groups are supporting the event.