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Boishakhi Mela


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Mela, music, magic! The Boishakhi Mela is back for 2018!

As the biggest Bengali festival outside South Asia, with over 40,000 people attending last year, this is a fantastic event to visit and be a part of.

Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) will be running the Boishakhi Mela Parade from Allen Gardens down Brick Lane to the main festival site at Weavers Fields to open the day’s events. The parade is inspired by the Land of the Six Seasons and will be a colourful celebration of the nature, activities and social traditions associated with each season in Bangladesh. Stay with us in the main festival site, specially decorated by EEA, where you can join in with arts and crafts workshops at the Mela Family Arts Zone as well as watch performances including dance, music, poetry and storytelling. This is an exciting way to engage with Bengali arts and culture. All are welcome but workshops will ideally be suited to those aged 6+.

11:00AM - Parade departs from Allen Gardens, Buxton Street, London, E1 5EH

12:00PM till 18:00PM - Boishkhi Mela in Weavers Fields, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HJ

  • Boishakhi Mela 2016
  • Boishakhi Mela 2017 Manuela in costume
  • Boishakhi Mela 2017 Masks on Brick Lane
  • Boishakhi Mela 2017 Tiger Float

Do you want to get involved? Join us at our open workshops to make costume or props to carry in the procession and join in on the day. It’s all completely FREE, just drop in!

Saturday 23 June | 2pm – 5pm

Saturday 30 June | 2pm – 5pm

Brady Arts and Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU

Find out more by visiting the Tower Hamlets website.

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