PICTURES and VIDEO: Thousands gather for Sandwell and Birmingham Mela
More than 80,000 people are expected to gather in Smethwick for the Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2016 today and tomorrow.
Hailed as the biggest Mela event in Europe, crowds from across the country came to Victoria Park today for live international music performances, stalls, food, arts, community showcases, workshops and a funfair.
Bollywood's biggest playback singer Mika Singh will perform on Sunday.
With millions of followers on social media, Singh boasts a string of chart-topping hits and has been in the industry for more than a decade.
Danny Singh, event director, said he was proud to be part of the event in his home town.
He explained: "This year we have gone that extra mile.
"The great thing is that over the past few years it has become a multi-cultural event for all of Sandwell to come and enjoy."
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