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Thousands attend Boishakhi Mela parade from Brick Lane to Bethnal Green

PUBLISHED: 14:32 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 16 May 2017

Dancers put on a dazzling show during the parade. Picture: KOIS MIAH

Dancers put on a dazzling show during the parade. Picture: KOIS MIAH

Kois Miah

The streets were awash with colour as the Boishakhi Mela parade made its way from Brick Lane to Bethnal Green to launch the biggest celebration of the Bengali New Year.

The colourful parade weaves its way to the main site. Picture: KOIS MIAHThe colourful parade weaves its way to the main site. Picture: KOIS MIAH

Thousand of revellers attended the free family Mela fun day in Weavers Field, yesterday which included entertainment by some of the biggest names in Bangla music.

Headline acts saw pop-rock band Miles wow the 45,000-strong crowd while folk singer Rinku, who flew in from Bangladesh, proved to be popular.

High voltage dance troupe Bolly Flex also put on a mesmerising display of entertainment on the main stage.

The event included a range of free activities including Bengali arts and crafts workshops and storytelling sessions at a dedicated family and arts zone while the ‘Kobita Corner’ allowed visitors to explore traditional and contemporary Bengali poetry and literature brought to life through talks and readings.

Miles perform an electrifying set. Picture: KOIS MIAHMiles perform an electrifying set. Picture: KOIS MIAH

Active visitors enjoyed the sports and wellbeing zone, which included workouts for the body and mind.


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