With an explosion of colour Norfolk’s Punjab festival comes to a close

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project - Credit: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

The festival of Norfolk and Punjab came to an end with an explosion of colour and culture, which brought together diverse communities from across the county.

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project - Credit: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Thetford Mela was the final event of the Norfolk and Punjab festival, a county-wide celebration of the Duleep Singh family.

Described as "a fusion of culture", the event brought together the best of Norfolk and India, including Morris dancing, Bhangra dancers and special performances from Circus Raj from Rajasthan.

Indi Sandhu, creative director of the festival, said: "The grand finale of the festival brought a vibrant and colourful spectacle to Thetford.

"It was enjoyed by all diverse communities and celebrated the life and achievements of the Duleep Singh family and their contribution to Norfolk."

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project - Credit: Essex Cultural Diversity Project


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Circus Raj's tightrope performers greeted those who entered the festival, at Thetford Riverside, as they performed at the gateway.

Audiences also enjoyed acrobatics, giant puppets, authentic Punjabi food, henna painting and music from Rajasthan heritage brass band.

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The festival ended with a performance from all of the artists from Norfolk and India who came together to entertain the crowds one last time.

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project - Credit: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Thetford Mela: Festival of Norfolk & Punjab Finale. Picture: Essex Cultural Diversity Project - Credit: Essex Cultural Diversity Project

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