Mini Mela in Support of Sunderland 2021 Bid

Sunderland BME Network held a Mini Mela in conjunction with the Sunderland City of Culture 2021 Bid team on Friday 17th March 2021. This free event between 6 & 9 p.m. in Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre showed our support as a community for this fantastic initiative to bring a wealth of cultural influences into Sunderland in 2021.

21 performers took to the stage on the night displaying the tremendous breadth of talent that remains untapped in our communities. Prior to the Mini Mela 21 tweets were sent out announcing the run-up and 21 tweets were sent out live on the night celebrating the performers.

We have created a special section celebrating this event, including videos from our YouTube channel, which you can see by following this link.


About Sunderland BME Network

Sunderland Black and Minority Ethnic Network Limited (SBMEN) was set up in 2005 to provide infrastructure support for Members, Associate Members and the wider community in the Sunderland area. As well as running projects we offer help and information.

New Members and Associate Members are always very welcome – you can find out about our existing Members by clicking here, there are also documents which you can download and complete straight away if you would like to join us. Membership is free.


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Sustainable Sunderland was a three and a half year project led by Sunderland BME Network Limited. The Big Lottery Fund awarded funding  to the Sustainable Sunderland Partnership led by Sunderland BME Network Limited.

The Partnership was made up of organisations who can provide advice and information specifically tailored to people and businesses in the local area.

Sustainable Sunderland has it’s own dedicated website – please click here to visit the Sustainable Sunderland website (opens in a new window).