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Exciting line up of events for Season of Bangla Drama

33A Season of Bangla Drama is to return this November with a celebration of diversity and culture.
Fourteen theatrical productions have made the final cut supported by Arts Council England, Canary Wharf Group, Queen Mary University of London and Tower Hamlets Council.
The festival brings together British and Bangladeshi writers, actors, directors and producers – all of whom have faced a tough selection process to whittle down the huge number of applications to the final 14.
There has also been an attempt to maintain a balance of traditional performances and more contemporary work, as well as dance and drama that updates or puts a new twist on well-known pieces or genres. Physical theatre and music has been used to overcome language barriers.
Cllr Asma Begum, cabinet member for culture said: “The programme has something for everyone, with a mix of tragic and compelling stories with more light-hearted ones.”
The Bangladeshi diaspora’s history is looked at, with the murder of Altab Ali and World War Two coming under the microscope as well as more abstract perspectives on issues such as racial intolerance or gender inequality.
The festival will be showcased from November 1-29 on stages across the borough. The main programme of performances is to be supplemented by a fringe programme of talks, walks and exhibitions.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: “It’s fantastic to see A Season of Bangla Drama return to Tower Hamlets for its thirteenth year. Celebrations like this enable people to share in the culture, heritage and creativity of two historic nations, and are a testament to the innovation and resilience of the British Bangladeshi community.
“I hope residents of all backgrounds are able to take advantage of what I have no doubt will be a stunning few weeks.”