Europe's biggest Asian festival returns this September with its most eclectic line up yet, featuring everything from classical fusion and good old-fashioned Bhangra to oversized outdoor art, cricket and of course, food.
The 2013 London Mela is organized by Ealing and Hounslow Councils with backing from the Mayor of London and is widely considered Europe's largest outdoor South Asian Festival.
This year's 11th edition features nine separate stages crammed to the rafters with talent.
The Main Stage will play host to a mix of the old and the new with the legendary Bally Sagoo sharing the bill with British Sri Lankan sensation Arjun and up-and-coming Punjabi star San2.
The Classical Stage will this year feature a unique fusion of East and West with the Southbank's Philharmonia Orchestra supporting Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, sons of the famed Indian Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The duo will present an updated version of their father's appropriately-titled Sarod and string concerto "Samaagam" (confluence).
Other highlights of this year's Mela include "Spellbound", a re-imagining of the mythological tale of Rama and Sita by outdoor arts group Walk and Plank and a charity fashion show by award-winning fusion designer Neishaa Gharat.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, a well-known Indo-phile and supporter community events, said: "I am delighted to support this great London event, which in exuberant style showcases the huge variety of Asian arts and culture. We may be approaching the end of the summer, but the London Mela always delivers a sizzling day out for Londoners of all ages and from all backgrounds."
For a full listing of this year's events, visit www.londonmela.org
London Mela 2013 takes place Sunday 1 September at Gunnersbury Park W3. Entrance is free.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS