The Big Weekend in Cambridge with Bollywood and Botown

PUBLISHED: 18:05 20 June 2017

The Big Weekend in Cambridge with children's games and a big mechanical elephant representing Bollywood

The Big Weekend in Cambridge with children's games and a big mechanical elephant representing Bollywood

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The Big Weekend in Cambridge and Cambridge Mela, the annual free festival on Parker’s Piece, runs from Friday to Sunday, July 7-9 with all kinds of music and a massive, mechanical elephant to symbolise Bollywood.

Friday night is music night ending with fireworks. It starts with an 80s bonanza, tribute band Wham Duran and follows with new romantics, ABC performing hits including Poison Arrow, Look of Love and All of My Heart, followed fireworks at 10pm.

On Saturday, there is 10 hours of free entertainment: a French Market, a chance to find about more about the French language and culture with Alliance Francaise, food stalls and the Cambridge Live Bar, top level video games in the ARM Gaming Hub in partnership with Cambridge Regional College, a chance for youngsters to get messy making and creating in the University of Cambridge’s Fun Lab and storytelling and writing tips for budding young writers in The Big Read and Write, which is part of a project with primary schools.

There will be facepainting, action in the Sports Zone, a silent disco and the Pink Festival cabaret.

Acts featured in the Local Band Marquee include Hollowstar, SJ and The Flying Pigs, Dan Wilde, Gravy Train Trio and Sure-Can Playboys, also community choirs.

On Sunday, there will be the Asian festival, the Cambridge Mela and acts all day in the World Dance Marque. Music will include classic ska, street rap and Latin funk; 60s/70s funk and soul with a Bollywood twist from Botown.

The two big headliners are reggae stars, Aswad followed by a T.Rex tribute.

The Mela Performance Marquee will be hosted by the Sanskruti School of Dance, and there will also be a Mela traders Marquee full of Asian arts and craft stalls, charity stalls and activities.

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