On 1 July, thousands of keen and cultured Londoners will home in on Barking Park for the annual East London Mela. This year’s event promises an impressive range of acts, shows and stalls to demonstrate the richness of South Asian culture.
The mela will feature a variety of performances with traditional and Bollywood dancers, singers, musicians and DJs from the British-Indian community.
The emphasis is on the community coming together in a day for the whole family to enjoy. Acts such as Hypnotize Crew will probably appeal more to the younger generation, while parents and grandparents will appreciate Jazzy B’s Bhangra music. Asian favourite Juggy D, meanwhile, is sure to be a highlight for all ages.
Everything from fashion and cooking tips to careers advice and business info will be represented on the stalls.
Most importantly, in keeping with London 2012, the mela will highlight the diversity of London culture, showing off the rich and vibrant nature of the Asian community in Great Britain, with a distinct theme of internationalism. Despite the South Asian focus to the day, the annual mela attracts people from a range of backgrounds and from all over London looking for a fun-filled family day out.
By Snehal Shah
East London Mela, 1 July, 12noon–8pm ,Barking Park, Longbridge Road, Barking IG11 8TA. £5/£3. Image courtesy and copyright East London Festival Ltd.