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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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Celebrating Multiculturalism

'Mela' comes from the Sanskrit word for 'gathering', and in Bangladeshi society has become the name for a traditional village fair. In 1992, a small community brought together local organisations, schools, and national institutions to hold their own Mela. Over the years the Bangladesh Mela has grown so much in popularity that it has turned into a multi-cultural event that celebrates the sharing of British and Ethnic traditions.

Challenging negative perceptions of multiculturalism, the Mela is a chance for people to get together regardless of their background, and includes bazaars, live music and dance, as well as art and educational projects.

Last year the Mela was held at Regent's Park, but for 2014, it will take place at Coram Field's in Camden. The Coram Fields is a seven acre charity playground for 16s and under. Usually grown ups need to be accompanied by a child to gain access, but on the 3rd August from 12pm - 6.30pm, they will be making an exception. Free entry for all means everyone can go and enjoy the fun of the fair.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 3rd Aug, 12pm - 6.30pm
Phone: 07852223403
Where: Coram Fields
Cost: Free
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