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Mela preparations in full swing!


Youngsters enjoy the mela paradePlans are underway to stage the largest celebration of the Bengali New Year in Europe with preparations for Tower Hamlets’ Baishakhi Mela in full swing.

This year’s mela will be take place on Sunday 31 July at Weavers Field in Bethnal Green.

Following the termination of the contract with the Boishakhi Mela Community Trust (BMCT) the council has stepped in to ensure the popular annual event goes ahead.

The mela usually attracts an audience of more than 100,000 from all over the country.

The council will produce a programme of international and British artists that reflects the very best of Asian music and dance. There will also be a substantial line up of local artists and cultural groups.

In addition to a fabulous live music programme there will be a Family Zone with a focus on fun activity and healthy eating.

Young people can get creative at arts and crafts workshops and if you fancy something more energetic join in the sports activities on offer. Activities will include:

  • Cricket
  • Carrom Board
  • Kabbadi
  • Body MOTs and Health Checks

For thrill seekers there will be a range of fast and furious funfair rides alongside children’s rides.

For foodies and shopaholics there will be a Mela Market where you can buy snacks, meals and drinks, as well as traditional clothes, accessories, handicrafts, toys and more.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: “There will be a mix of traditional Bengali culture, modern music and family friendly activity to create a day where everybody can come together to celebrate what a great borough to live in Tower Hamlets is.”