Performances by Vancouver dance group Shiamak Dawar Academy are among the highlights of this year’s India Mela celebration in Victoria’s Centennial Square Aug. 7 to 9.

India Mela a cultural celebration in Victoria

Group hopes to inspire youth with a connection to their heritage

Experience what India has to offer the senses, without traveling abroad or even leaving the comforts of Greater Victoria. The sixth annual India Mela, or festival, is a free event that takes over Centennial Square and Victoria’s city hall building Aug. 7 to 9.

“It’s a celebration of Indian culture and raising awareness in the mainstream culture,” said Sunil Bhatia, a director for the mela organizer India Canada Cultural Association (ICCA).

This event features multicultural performances, authentic cuisine by local chefs, live music, a fashion show and Bollywood-styled dancing.

“There’s going to be lots of food kiosks,” Bhatia said, adding that everything from butter chicken to locally grown vegetables will be available. “It’ll showcase food from all over India.”

Aside from edibles, 25 vendors will display authentic Indian products such as clothing, jewelry, henna tattoos, plus a palm reader will also be on site.

Bhatia is especially excited about the entertainment, with roughly a dozen other communities joining the festivities and a renowned Bollywood dance academy from Vancouver set to perform.

“There’s going to be a lot of kids’ activities,” he said, noting that sometimes little ones can’t sit through all of the performances. “It’s a family affair.”

The ICCA is a social and cultural network based in Victoria. Formed in the 1960s, it continues to host culturally inspired events in the community.

“Our mandate is to promote not only the Indian culture to the communities we are in, but to instill pride in our youth,” Bhatia said, by reminding younger generations of their connection to their heritage.

The group also does fundraising for different charities, he added, including this year raising money for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

For more information on the association go to iccavictoria.com.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Parents call for change to health laws after Oak Bay teen’s death

Accidental overdose has Elliot Eurchuk’s parents seeking change to B.C Infants Act

Tsawout hosts Saanich Peninsula community leaders at blanket ceremony

Reconciliation event meant to share the Indigenous exerience

WATCH:First responders score first, take inaugural Challenge Cup in Oak Bay

Ice hockey game raises funds for Cops for Cancer, encourages positive interaction with youth

Amazing Race Canada kicks off at Hatley Castle

Popular reality TV show will premiere later this year

LGBTQ advocates turn Victoria SOGI protest into dance party

Counter-protest outnumbers anti-SOGI activists on lawn of B.C. legislature

WATCH:First responders score first, take inaugural Challenge Cup in Oak Bay

Ice hockey game raises funds for Cops for Cancer, encourages positive interaction with youth

As Osoyoos Indian Band flourishes, so too does Okanagan’s wine tourism

Indigenous practices have driven growth of South Okanagan’s wine history and agricultural influence

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Scooter crash leaves Island man with critical injuries

RCMP said a truck was making a left-hand turn when it collided with the scooter travelling through the intersection

Prankster broadcasts fake nuclear threat in Winnipeg

The audio recording on Sunday warned of a nuclear attack against Canada and the United States

ICBC reform aims to slow rising car insurance costs

‘Pain and suffering’ payouts to be capped, major injury limit to double

Most Read