PCM at Edge Hill University 2021

Date: Friday 22nd October 2021 

Location: St Helens Road Ormskirk L39 4QP                  

Number of Commissions: 16

Number of Artists;29


Contact: Dr Cathy Butterworth – Artistic Director 

This is Preston City Mela’s first collaboration with Edge Hill University.  We worked with ‘The Arts Centre’ there and the programme was revised due to the restrictions of social gathering during the pandemic. Instead of a planned major community event for the public, students and staff, the programme focused on including our elements as part of the universities Black History Month activities to highlight different cultures. The programme was spilt into workshop sessions during the day.  At lunch time Mela provided one hour of performing artists including Bollywood dancing, Dhol Players and Musical performances and then once again between 5-6pm to attract students finishing their studying timetable. Community groups from the local area also were invited and attended, particularly from the local BME Communities in the area.

The Mela at Edge Hill was an absolutely fantastic event, and a huge success. This is the first event of its kind at the University and we are so delighted to be continuing this collaboration with Preston City Mela and Gulab Singh. The wealth of artistic activity available for people to get involved in was wonderful, from henna hand painting to traditional Indian dancing, kitemaking to Bhangra dancers, there was something for everyone, and we have had amazing feedback from everyone who attended, saying that they have never experienced an event like this and how much they would love to see something like this regularly at Edge Hill University. We are fully committed to partnering with Preston City Mela on future annual events, and we’re really looking forward to building our engagement with the local community, schools and colleges and our Edge Hill University students. This has already become one of our most significant events, and we’re so delighted to have the opportunity to develop it and to carry on this important work bringing communities together.

Cathy Butterworth – Edge Hill University

Today’s been amazing we did a bit of dance training and it’s just been lovely to get to know everyone and immerse myself in the culture because I’ve never experienced anything like this before.


Louisa – Psychology Student

You can just not help but smile when you’re surrounded by such beauty, such artistry, the colours are vibrant, I see happy faces of all the people out here today. It’s brilliant thank you for being here and sharing your culture with us thank you.

Linda Brady – Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience

This is amazing festival great to be able to get out, the henna that’s brilliant thank you.

Trisha Break LA9 7NA

I had the pleasure of meeting Shreya today who explained to me about the saree, and how it fits into Indian society and culture. I learnt a lot that I didn’t know before about the cultural significance and how the saree can be adapted by different generations. It’s very interesting I really enjoyed it. 

Donna – Third Year Politics and Sociology Student

Many thanks for bring Mela event to Edge Hill University. I truly had a very enjoyable few hours there and look forward to many more similar events moving forwards, not only in my year as Mayor but also as the local ward councillor for the area where the University is located.

Cllr Gordon Johnson – Mayor of West Lancashire