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Our Mel

Our Mel was born in November 2016 after the Black Lives Matter protests in July 2016, and has since grown into a community of people on a mission to support, encourage, teach and build the community through music, film, arts and education.

Rooted in South Yorkshire, Our Mel is a not-for-profit group dedicated to exploring cultural identity, Black history and what it means to be a person of colour in Britain today.

As part of our work, Our Mel has successfully planned and executed 70 events between 2017 and 2019, with plans to resume events again in Spring 2021.

This includes the renowned MELANINFEST®, Sheffield’s first Black History Month festival. Launched in October 2017 across Sheffield and London, MELANINFEST® came to Leeds in October 2018.