Let’s Grow Preston Spring Fair

Let’s Grow Preston is a community environmental charity established with the aim to provide and support network of community green spaces in the PR postcode

The Spring Fair is an annual event to raise funds and awareness of the activities of Let’s Grow Preston, environmental and other community activities in the area

Preston City Mela jointed with Let’s Grow Preston to showcase South Asian artists as part of the entertainment programme of this event. The artistic input maintain the event theme and included South Asian cultural perspectives in the performing arts and workshops.

Due to the expected server weather forecast Saturday, the organisers of the Spring Fair, Lets Grow Preston have moved the event in doors to the following address:

St Michael and All Angels Church, 2, Egerton Road, Ashton Preston PR2 1AJ.

Preston City Mela Artistic Input

The performing artistic input included Bollywood dances from Abhinanadana MK Dance Group, performed by Preston Newman College Group Students, which included audience participation. The second performance was Prathap Ramachandra – International Artist Playing Mridangam. This is a two-headed percussion instrument from South Asia(India).It is a very popular classical instrument of ancient origin. The mridangam is held across the lap and played on both ends with the hands and fingers. It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music ensemble.

Bollywood Dance performance time 1:00pm
Prathap Ramachandra performance time 2 pm

There were 7 workshop artists, who demonstrated traditional Indian arts forms,

• ArteeCraft Shreya Ghodke Saree Draping and Photo props
• ArteeCraft Rakesh Ghodke Kandeel Lantern making
• Arts 2 Heal Banu Adam Ebru Marbling
• Gold Thread Bobbins – Screen Printing – Kim Graham
• Mela Monsters Ben Hunt
• Henna Artist Bhagya Reddy
• Henna Artist Manisha Chauhan

Below are Images from Lets Grow Preston Spring Fair held on Saturday 27 April 2019.