The Preston City Mela festival is a very popular event in the Preston calendar – last year around 5000 people visited the site. There are traditionally 3 types of stalls that provide services or activities for these visitors:
- creatives, demonstrating skills like henna, rangoli, calligraphy and kite making
- voluntary & support sector organisations, who are able to provide useful support, services, advice or information to festival visitors
- food vendors, who are there to feed festival visitors with South Asian cuisine
However this year we are introducing a 4th. Stalls that will feature in our new ‘Bazaar’ section (limited to 10 stalls as it’s our 1st Bazaar). The aim of which is to highlight Preston based South Asian ’maker’ businesses that promote the range of skills that we have in the city. These might be anything from start ups that operate from home or more established names already on the high street – the key thing is that we want to promote the range of Preston based talents that are channelling their creative skills towards a business opportunity.
The hope is that we can show how traditional techniques might be influencing new ways of working and how makers are creating both traditional products and new adaptations. These products could be anything from artizan baking to art & crafts to clothing design to furniture etc etc.
How to request a stall
We won’t know if we have the funding to run the event until March, so at this point we are asking people for an expression of interest by filling out the form below. Once we have the go ahead we will be assessing the range of interest and contacting people as to whether they will be part of the 2024 Preston City Mela – and if appropriate asking them for proof of public liability insurance, health & hygiene certificates etc. As usual we will be prioritising providers that are Preston based and from the South Asian community.
Prices for stalls this year will be :
Creative demonstration stall in a main activity marquee – free to the commissioned artist (we pay them an agreed fee)
Voluntary & support sector stall in a main activity marquee – a donation from those who can afford it
Food vendor stall based in the food vendor section of the site – £150
Bazaar stall in the Bazaar section of the site – regular stall £50 and large stall £100