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A vibrant celebration of Bengali arts, culture and heritage in Aldgate Square this September. 

Bursting with live performances, fantastic food and interactive workshops, Mela in the City is a free and fun outdoor event that offers something for everyone.

You are invited to come and have a go at Bengali dancing, make a rangoli design or get a henna tattoo, and enjoy a day of music, dance and poetry performances by professional artists and community groups.

Performances will include music by folk band The RadhaRaman and singer Gouri Choudhury, dance performances by Taal Torongo and Showmi Dance Company, street theatre by Nutkhut, and much more.

Mela means 'fair' or 'festival', and traditionally brought different communities together. Mela in the City celebrates the community and diversity of the Square Mile. The event is free and open to all to participate. 

Programme

12pm Bengali folk music by The RadhaRaman, featuring Ahmed Kaysher and Amith Dey

12.30pm Flash mob walkabout in and around Aldgate Square by Nutkhut

12.45pm Poetry, spoken word performances and Sufi recitation by Shree Ganguly, Poppy Shahnaz, Marie Hamilton and Manash Chowdhury, curated by Gronthee - a leading platform for South Asian literature

1pm A timeless, universal and mythical character complete with full armour, Swyron will be weaving through the crowd on his time-travelling, steam-billowing machine

1.15pm Young people and adults from the Soytten Sen School of Performing Arts will perform traditional Bengali dance with song

1.35pm Bite-sized Bollywood dance show by Nutkhut

1.45pm Dance by Taal Torongo, led by China Chowdury

1.55pm Nutkhut’s cool, charming and very cheeky Maharajah joins forces with the enchanting Princess, making delightful mischief as their larger-than-life personalities dazzle and daze in and around the Square

2.10pm Poetry, spoken word and Sufi recitation with Shree Ganguly, Poppy Shahnaz, Marie Hamilton and Manash Chowdhury, curated by Gronthee - a leading platform for South Asian literature

2.40pm A timeless, universal and mythical character complete with full armour, Swyron will be weaving through the crowd on his time-travelling, steam-billowing machine

2.55pm Music and dance performances by Udichi Shilpi Gosthi

3.15pm Nutkhut’s cool, charming and very cheeky Maharajah joins forces with the enchanting Princess, making delightful mischief as their larger-than-life personalities dazzle and daze in and around the Square

3.25pm A journey through traditional and modern Bengali dance performances, all the way to the vibrant world of Bollywood. Watch the talented group perform and get involved in the workshops led by Showmi Das

4.10pm Bite-sized Bollywood dance show by Nutkhut

4.25pm Music by acclaimed singer Gouri Choudhury

* Timings and performances may be subject to change.