Free and family-friendly the 02 London Mela is produced by Ealing Council and supported by the Mayor of London and London Borough of Hounslow, with BBC Asian Network programming the main stage.
Ajay Chhabra, Artistic Director of the 02 London Mela said: “Wonderful weather, a fantastic programme and the amazing atmosphere created by a record 90,000 visitors made this year’s 02 London Mela the best yet. All generations of all communities enjoyed the event, showing that there is a real appetite for mela-inspired music, dance, outdoor arts and culture. The 02 London Mela has become an annual event, which projects an authentic voice of culture in our city today. A huge thanks to everyone involved in making this year’s 02 London Mela such a success – including, of course, the many thousands of people who came along.”
The one-day 02 London Mela featured some of the best homegrown and international artists. Highlights included:
Planes, Trains and Rickshaws challenge - as DJ Wax and nutkhut's tallest DJ in the world made it to the 02 London Mela after playing at the Cardiff mela in the morning, and before the duo headed off to close the Edinburgh mela - a 550-mile journey to play three melas in one day. (Picture attached)
Three Island Project - stilted sea creatures interacted with the audience in a processional show about climate change and inspired by the islands of Fuji , Mauritius and Trinidad. (Picture attached).
Mela Obscura – a theatrical installation combining the music of Iranian artist Fari Bradley with performance and live mixing of archive mela footage.
Plus an eclectic music programme including performances by Bollywood favourite Javed Ali, Indian-American star Gunjan, and Bhangra legends Apna Sangeet, and former Eastenders actress Preeya Khalidas (picture attached). The stars of tomorrow were showcased on BBC Introducing stage, at the 02 London Mela for the first time. And classical music featured in the classical zone. There was also the delightful interactive children’s zone, Magic Mela – as well as cultural stalls and of, course food!
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