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Thousands enjoy Mela fun in Bethnal Green

PUBLISHED: 16:29 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:30 03 July 2018

Fusion band Chirkutt on the stage Picture: Rehan Jamil

Fusion band Chirkutt on the stage Picture: Rehan Jamil

© Rehan Jamil

Thousands of people enjoyed a carnival atmosphere at the annual Boishakhi Mela.

Revellers enjoy the atmosphere Picture Rehan JamilRevellers enjoy the atmosphere Picture Rehan Jamil

A parade from Brick Lane to the festival in Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green sparked off Sunday’s celebrations, which also included music from top Bangla musicians.

Folk singer Ashik came over from Bangladesh to perform in front of the 40,000-strong crowd, with a mixture of local and international acts also taking to the stage throughout the day.

Other activities included Bengali arts and crafts workshops, storytelling sessions and stalls selling traditional clothes, food and toys.

Mayor John Biggs said: “I am very proud of the fact that Tower Hamlets is home to the Mela, which is the biggest Bengali festival outside of south Asia.

The parade from Brick Lane to Weavers Fields Picture: Rehan JamilThe parade from Brick Lane to Weavers Fields Picture: Rehan Jamil

“It was great to see visitors of all backgrounds come together to enjoy this free, day long festival with spectacular music, dance, arts and culture and cuisine.”

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