Bangla New Year Festival (The Baishakhi Mela)
Sunday 14th May 2006 from 11am – 7pm. The event is free to attend.
Brick Lane, Weavers field & Allen Gardens London E1
Established as the premier Bengali celebration outside of Bangladesh, the Baishakhi Mela brings together the very best of Bengali arts, music and culture To Brick Lane ‘Banglatown’ one of London’s most vibrant quarters.
The Baishaki Mela festival is one of the biggest Bengali New Year celebrations in the world. Taking place for the eighth time this year, Baishaki Mela is expected to attract thousands of visitors, transforming Brick Lane into one huge, festive party. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, poetry, street performance, face painting, henna painting and more in a lively free event.
The festival includes a spectacular line up of attractions with musicians, dancers, colourful costumes and more throughout the day. Proceedings start with a full street procession at 11am and will continue at the main stage, playing host to a string of live performances. Crowds can expect Bangladeshi culture in full, with everything from traditional folk to Bengali rock and Bhangra.
Brick Lane will be closed to traffic during the Baishaki Mela, giving way to various food and craft stalls. Visitors can sample authentic Bangladeshi culture in an upbeat, colourful atmosphere.