In August 2011 the Dartford Mela festival took place, a multicultural event which brings all types of communities together. Over the last couple of years the event has grown enormously and this year was well attended by members of the Dartford and Gravesham community.

The event, which took place in Dartford Central Park, was officially opened by the worshipful Mayor of Dartford, Councillor Eddy Lampkin and KCC Avtar Sandhu MBE.

Not only has the event itself got bigger, the stars who perform have, with the likes of Top European Bhangra act Jazzy B headlining for the first time and other popular local artists such as Arminder Nahal, Jai Khan and Urban pop act PBN.