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Musical extravaganza for Victory Day marks conclusion of nine-month celebration of Bangladeshi independence


English Bangla-pop fusion singer Nish is amongst those who will perform at the Victory Day concert

Stars of British-Bengali stage and screen will headline one of the UK’s biggest celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. 

The event will also mark the conclusion of a nine-month series of events, known as Bangladesh@50, which has given residents, visitors and others in Tower Hamlets the opportunity to enjoy some of the best Bengali arts, music and culture in the country. 

Organised by the council, the Bangladesh@50 Victory Day concert on Friday 17 December, will be a high-profile musical extravaganza hosted by Queen Mary University of London in their Great Hall.   

Celebrated dance troupe Naz and Bolly Flex, English Bangla-pop fusion singer Nish and R&B chart topper Mumzy Stranger are amongst those who will take to the stage. 

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: From Independence Day to Victory Day, Bangladesh@50 has been an inspiring way to learn about the history and culture of Bangladesh and I hope you can join us for a wonderful finale on 17 December.”

London based British-Bengali Khiyo will provide a musical tapestry with a seamless blend of jazz, folk, baul and rock, while comedian, singer and actor Iksy will be entertaining guests with new material. DJ Osmani Soundz will be on the decks. 

Enjoy traditional Bengali dance from established favourites Taal Torongo and a specially commissioned, high-octane dance from IMD. 

Other exciting plans include the illumination of Bromley Public Hall in Bromley-by-Bow and St George’s Town Hall in Shadwell, which will be illuminated in red and green on 16 December to coincide with Victory Day.  

Cllr Sabina Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Sport said: “It has been really eye-opening to explore the connections between the War of Independence in 1971 and the local community here in Tower Hamlets. The diverse arts and heritage-based programme of events has been well planned and delivered and it isn’t over yet.”


Victory Day concert booking details.


The Bangladeshi population makes up almost one-third (32 per cent) of the borough’s population – considerably larger than the proportion across London (three per cent) or England (under one per cent). Tower Hamlets has the largest Bangladeshi population in England; approx. 25 per cent of the entire diaspora. 

About Bangladesh at 50  

From March to December 2021, Tower Hamlets Council has funded and supported a number of projects and events celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh.  

COVID-19 Entry Requirements: 

Please note the COVID-19 requirements for attending an event at Queen Mary University of London are as follows:  

On arrival, all members of your party over the age of 18 must demonstrate their COVID-19 status to gain entry in ONE of the following ways:    

  • Full vaccination status either via the NHS Covid pass on the app or website   
  • A negative PCR/Lateral Flow test dated within 48hrs of the event either via NHS app, website, or text message  
  • Natural immunity via NHS app or website  

Unfortunately we are not able to allow access without proof of any of the above. Head to NHS COVID Pass - GOV.UK for more information. 

Additional COVID-19 Requirements: 

Please note that due to the ‘Omicron’ variant of Covid-19, we are now asking all attendees to: 

  • Get Tested - take a Lateral Flow test within 48hrs of the event  
  • Wear a face covering -  when inside the venue unless exempt 
  • Symptoms – please do not attend the event if you have any of these symptoms, even if mild: 
    • a high temperature 
    • a new, continuous cough 
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste 

Visit NHS COVID Pass - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for more information 


Posted on Wednesday 24th November 2021