Who We Are
The Crawley Mela has been in existence since 1989. Originally a summer festival organised by Crawley Borough Council with the support of local Asian and African communities, it was coordinated and hosted by The Hawth Theatre. However as Council funding and resources became scarcer over the years, more of the administrative responsibility was taken up directly by community volunteers.
The Mela is formally established as an unincorporated voluntary association. The Constitution includes specific Objectives which make the participation of all of Crawley’s ethnic and cultural communities an essential part of our success.
In 2004 the festival became the Crawley Mela Association (CMA), a community association controlled by a Constitution, and we determined to work toward major new objectives:
- to encourage and empower people from all cultural backgrounds to work together to deliver exemplary artistic performances;
- to play an active and continuing role in local communities and schools;
- to attract interest and participation from all of our local communities;
- to build on the range and quality of family workshops for ‘children of all ages';
- to deliver full parallel programmes of quality acts on both the Community and Marquee stages and in the Hawth Theatre; and
- to create a varied and intriguing retail bazaar environment.
With grants and support from Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, the Arts Council, Awards for All and others as well as continued and very welcome facilities support from the Hawth, the Crawley Mela remains free, family-centred, and crucially dependant on the support of a large number of enthusiastic volunteers throughout the year and at the Mela. Anyone interested in giving their time to support the Mela is warmly invited to contact the Mela Association:
By email: Please use the contact form on our front page
Crawley International Mela Association,
c/o The Hawth,
Crawley, W. Sussex