Southall Mela is a free, family-themed event taking place on Sunday June 7 2015 in Southall Park, which coincides with and incorporates the Bangladeshi festival of Boishaki.
Organiser and local businessman Shofiqul Alam had the vision of a free outdoor festival which would reflect Southall’s diversity and community cohesion, while celebrating the rich fabric of culture that Asians have brought to food, fashion and music, which he has brought to life in Southall Mela. Visitors flock to Southall from all over the UK as the epicentre of Asian culture and many view it as a ‘home away from home’ with its shops, restaurants and attractions. Southall Mela aims to represent the best of Asian culture and have stalls that are family-friendly, fun fair rides, a cultural programme infused with unique live entertainment that represents the East-West fusion that reflects the British Asian identity and provides a fun-packed day for all communities.
The event begins at 12:30 with a procession of over 100 performers who will be dressed in traditional Bengali attire and start the event off with a taste of what’s to come with a programme that begins with Bangla artistes then moves onto Hindi, Punjabi, Pakistani and more.
The event’s theme of diversity is reflected in the many stalls and attractions on offer with a special focus on the Boishaki (Bangla New Year) celebration. The event has free entry, is an alcohol-free environment and has many children’s attractions including an appearance by two of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a children’s circus skills workshop, henna painting, a children’s programme on stage and much more.
Southall Mela concludes with a spectacular evening of live musical entertainment which includes performances by bhangra supergroup B21, the Bengali superstar Mumzy Stranger who will be performing his latest hit song Diamond Girl with special guest and YouTube phenomenon Adam Saleh, with the event closing by a free concert with the legendary ragamuffin Apache Indian. There will also be performances in the afternoon by popular artistes such as Shaful Khan, Adil Hashmi and SIB, Zack Knight, Khiza and Soni J and others.
Mela takes place on Sunday 7 June 2015 from 12:30pm to 9.30pm at Southall Park, Boyd Avenue, Southall, UB1 3BT.
Southall Mela is sponsored by Southall Vision, Seafood & Poultry and India Spice. Our media partners are ATN Bangla, Betar Bangla and GB News 24, supported by Colors TV, Rishtey TV, London Tigers, Guru Soundz, Brick Lane Fortnightly.
Southall Mela is organized by Shofiqul Alam, with support from Samreen Waseem, Kevin Ratnasingam, Jahan Sadiq and Feisal Islam.