welcome to

our mel


Rooted in Yorkshire and based in Sheffield, Our Mel is a leading social enterprise dedicated to exploring cultural identity, Black history and what it means to be a person of colour in Britain today.

Inspired by two local lasses on a journey of self-love, Our Mel was born in November 2016 over a pack of caramel biscuits and a cup of tea, Yorkshire of course.


Our Mel

our mission

Our Mel’s mission is to support, encourage, teach and build the community through music, film, arts and education. We aim to create a safe space for all age groups and ethnicities where exploring culture is encouraged, talent is showcased and an embracement of heritage is welcomed.




Our workshops throughout the year come under three sections:

My Mel - “Be Confident in your Heritage, be Confident in your Blackness”

Your Mel – ‘Live Life Loud, Be Unapologetically You’

Our Mel - ‘That Melanin Tho...’

These workshops include opportunities for people of all ages, races and religious backgrounds to gather together in a safe environment to discuss and learn about everyday issues surrounding people of colour in today's society.

If you are interested in collaborating or booking us to host a workshop, please click here to send us an email. We would love to hear from you!


Melanin Poppin

“Black British history is history as well as Black.” -David Olusoga

We recognise that Black History is a history interconnected and so is not limited to a month or a time but has its roots interwoven within stories of pain, struggle, strength and beauty.

MELANINFEST® creates a space to showcase talent, discover what it means to be Black and British, explore a rich and vibrant culture and be proud of a deep and vast heritage.

Come share this with us.
This is our festival.
Go where you are celebrated.



Sponsors & partners

If you are interested in either sponsoring MelaninFest® or partnering up with Our Mel, please click here to contact us.

“Our Mel’s website design and build is supported and sponsored by WebBoss. What can you do for Our Mel?"

If you would like to donate please enter the amount below, Thank you.

If you have a talent and you want to perform or you’re an organisation interested in collaborating or hosting an event

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If you’re a business interested in sponsoring MelaninFest® and would like to know our sponsorship packages

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We would love to hear from you