The Sylhet Festival Organising Committee announced the first ever Sylhet Festival to be held in the UK on 4 March 2018 at a press conference chaired by the Organising Committee’s Chair Ansar Ahmed Ullah. Co-Chair Jamal Khan conducted the conference with Ahad Chowdhury Babu reading out a written statement highlighting the purpose of the festival. Others from the Committee in attendance were Committee’s treasurer A S M Masum, Media Secretary Juyel Raj & Member Shah Mustafizur Rahman Belal amongst others who responded to Q&A from journalists present at the press conference.
The statement read, ‘The origin of first substantial Bengali settlement can be traced to the Bengali lascars from Sylhet region. Bengalis from Sylhet form a significant portion of the Bengali diaspora, particularly in Britain. Today this community stands at 500,000, majority of whom are from greater Sylhet region.
The Sylhet Utsav is intended to be an annual celebration of the achievement of this community with a festival. The event is planned for 4 March 2018 compromising a day long festivity celebrating the history, heritage, culture, food and music of Sylhet and its community.’
The organisers appealed for media’s assistance to make the event a success. Amongst many other Bengali press & media Bangla Mirror is a media partner of Sylhet Festival.