The Mela Partnership is dedicated to commissioning, touring and presenting high quality outdoor work and supporting festivals and events that transform small towns and cities throughout the UK. Over 1 million people engage with Mela annually.

The Mela Partnership was formed in 2014, with a primary purpose to bring together key large scale outdoor festivals, in order to share good practice, creative programming and to redefine the nature of cultural provision in the wider arts sector.2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Partition. Through the power of the arts, Mela has transformed the way in which South Asian communities celebrate in the public domain. Led largely by volunteers, the Mela movement has grown to create a significant critical mass over the past 7 decades.

Mela successfully engages with initiatives around social cohesion and integration, access and engagement all through the prism of the arts.