In-Sync Festival and Derby Mela celebrate Derby’s cultural diversity

The In-Sync Festival, held yesterday in Derby city centre (22 July), celebrated the city’s cultural diversity through dance, song and performance.

Held near The Spot and outside St Peter’s Church in Derby the event included performances from different communities, cultures and faiths including Kurdish, West Indian, Bosnian,  Nepalese, Indian, Congolese, Ukrainian, and the Sufi faith. It was organised by Upbeat Communities on behalf of the City Council and focused on the creative performance of established ethnic minority groups and newer refugee and migrant groups too.

Also on yesterday in the city was Derby Mela, held in the Market Place. Organised by Surtal Arts the event focused on native and diasporic South Asian cultures and featured Sukshinder Shinda, JK, Tru-Skool, Guru Siddhu and DJ Frenzy and many others. The organisation runs regular classes as well as putting on the festival events.

Jyoti Mishra, of White Town, shared a video of the Mela on Facebook saying, “So many talented performers!”


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