The colourful parade kicked off the Boishakhi Mela festivities
Thousands of revellers watched the fabulous Boishakhi Mela parade make its way from Brick Lane to officially launch the biggest celebration of the Bengali New Year in Europe in Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green.
The council kicked off the festival season with the spectacular free Mela which attracted more than 45,000 people eager to see the top class entertainment lined up for the free family fun day on Sunday 14 May.
The weather was also perfect with glorious sunny weather all day adding to the carnival atmosphere. The festival prides itself on bringing together different sections of the community.
On the main stage some of the biggest names in Bangla music and dance performed as people of all ages and backgrounds rocked to the music.
Headline acts included pop-rock band Miles. With influences as wide ranging as blues, Latin, jazz, rock and techno they enthralled the crowds with an electrifying performance.
Folk singer Rinku flew in from Bangladesh and proved to be a popular choice with the crowd whilst high voltage dance troupe Bolly Flex put on a mesmerising display of dance entertainment.
The Mela also boasted a dedicated Family and Arts Zone with a range of free creative activities. Highlights included Bengali arts and crafts workshops and storytelling sessions. The ‘Kobita Corner’ allowed visitors to explore traditional and contemporary Bengali poetry and literature brought to life through talks and readings.
For the more active amongst us there was a Sports and Wellbeing Zone, which included group and individual workouts for the body and mind.
The Mela Marketplace was buzzing with gastronomical delights of multicultural Britain and colourful traditional clothes, handicrafts and toys on offer.
To find out more about our fabulous summer programme visit our events section.
Posted on Monday 15th May 2017