The UK’s biggest South Asian Festival LONDON MELA goes online to create the world’s first global Asian diaspora festival: MELATOPIA
London Mela proudly presents the 18th edition of the annual South Asian culture-fest, the London Mela. This year, much-loved festival reinvents itself as a digital and virtual reality event featuring South Asian music, dance, food and culture. Usually performed at the festival’s home in Southall Park, London Mela organisers have embraced the digital realm with the first Virtual Reality Mela ever staged, in order to keep everyone safe during Covid 19.
The award-winning event’s partners Nutkhut, Mela Partnership and Remarkable Productions join forces with Shangrila’s Lost Horizon Festival to create a new online virtual reality venue, MELATOPIA.
Audiences will be able to experience live artists, dance performances and DJs in an extraordinary online space specially created for the Mela. Whether viewed on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or wearing VR glasses, audiences will be able to engage with the performances and each other in new and innovative ways. Viewers are encouraged to book 7/8 November out in their diaries and invite friends and family to an online watch party. Covid 19 has stopped audiences visiting the Mela in London, so the London Mela will come to them wherever they are in our great city and wherever they are in the world!
How to experience MELATOPIA
There are three main ways to take part in the MELATOPIA experience.
1) Sign up for a Twitch TV account, grab your bubble and get ready to experience all the incredible performances out artists have been preparing for you.
3) If you own a Windows PC you can also, download the Sansar software and experience our virtual reality Mela. Create an avatar, join in the festivities and if you have VR glasses, you can use them too (though they are not needed to enjoy the experience).