Photo Gallery: Dashehra and Diwali Mela celebrations light up Manchester
Northern Soul photographer James Lynd attended the 12th annual Dashehra Diwali Mela at Manchester’s Albert Square and took some stunning images of the colourful celebrations. The action-packed day featured food, live music, crafts and dance. Later, the finale featured fireworks and special effects which lit up Albert Square.
Organised by the Indian Association Manchester, the Mela event featured an impressive programme of live entertainment on two stages, as well as in Albert Square with performances by the Global Grooves, Bollywood Brass Band, Channi Singh and Mona Singh, Nachda Sansaar Bhangra dancers, the Annapurna Indian Dance Company, Explosive Band Baja and BrotherHood Punjabi singers.
At dusk, a lantern procession set off from Manchester Central Library, and there were plenty of entertaining characters including a Tiger puppet, crane puppets and large lanterns of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities
For advertising and sponsorship opportunities contact Northern Soul’s Founder and Editor Helen Hugent at email@example.com.
Sign up for Northern Soul newsletter
The Northern Soul Poll
Recent Tweets for @Northern_Soul_
@AdamJFarrer I have a cat who is a ferocious hunter and regularly wakes me up in the night by slapping me across the face. She's afraid of cat flaps, blankets, plastic bags, my tummy rumbling, and anything on TV that's not Foyle's War.
This looks proper good. pic.twitter.com/TgbFL8UIRE
Right Good Mid-Week Read: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi pic.twitter.com/AZtlQtrAAW
What's this? A ginnel painting? Well, this is right up Northern Soul's, erm, ginnel... The Ginnel by Lucy Manfredi (who lives and paints in Stoke) #GinnelWatch #ShowUsYourGinnels pic.twitter.com/ccQyYqDFhp
The exhibition features a combination of portrait shots of legendary players and managers including George Best, Joe Mercer, Matt Busby, Brian Clough, Denis Law and Bill Shankly alongside stills of football grounds, fans and ball games on Manchester streets. pic.twitter.com/3I6EaLcMNg