Mela in the City will bring a day of Bengali culture to Square Mile

Mela in the City

Bengali arts and culture will take centre stage on Sunday September 26 when Mela in the City rolls into the Square Mile.

Unfolding in Aldgate Square, the programme will celebrate the community and diversity of the Square Mile.

The event is free and open to everyone from midday until 5pm, with south Asian street cooking on the menu.

There will also be music, dance and poetry performed by professional artists and community groups.

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

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Visitors can have a go at Bengali dancing and make a rangoli design, a popular folk art involving colourful floor designs.

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, Wendy Hyde, said: “Mela in the City brings our whole community together to celebrate the Square Mile’s amazing spirit and diversity.

“Culture is playing a critical role as we bounce back from the pandemic and that’s why events like this are so important to Londoners.

“The City has got its buzz back and we’ll come together on Sunday to have fun and celebrate.”

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