Title - Mela Family Zone
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Back and bigger than ever the Mela Family Zone is a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of the main stage where families can sit and relax or get creative through a free workshop programme.

Emergency Exit Arts will be helping participants to design simple but beautiful masks and carried images using the Shapla for inspiration - water lily, tigers and monkeys. The decoration will be based on Alpona patterns.

Returning for the third time is Maraz Ahmed and his band of artists who will help to create a live art banner and run the ever-popular Alpona workshops. Alpona is one of Bengal's most cherished art forms – often used at weddings and celebrations, to decorate floors and create a focal point. All ages welcome – come along to try your hand and find out more!

Tamarind Theatre are presenting interactive storytelling with characters singing songs and telling rhymes which focus around the harvest season and cultural festivities to welcome in the Bengali New Year. If you fancy something more active, come and dance the afternoon away with expert tuition on hand!

O2, official telecommunication sponsors of the event, will also have their fun filled bus near the Family Zone and will be offering a range of free activities for those of all ages to enjoy.

Coming soon... full programme to follow.

How to get involved
Trading for this event has now closed.
We're looking for new partners to help us deliver this event. If you want to get involved please email mela@baishakhimela.org.uk
This year's programme is already complete.
Want to take part? Join us for a free arts workshop at the Ideas Store Whitechapel on Saturday 7th May between 2pm and 4pm.
If you are group / school wishing to take part please email info@baishakhimela.org.uk
If you have a general enquiry or want to find out more about how you can get involved in this exciting event please email mela@baishakhimela.org.uk
How to get involved
This year's vibrant procession will be created by locally based company Medialink who will be working with local schools, community groups and artists in the lead up to the event.

Glorious and glittering floats will feature aspects of Bangladeshi life, from the poignant reminder of the struggle for change through the miniature Shaheed Minar monument, to a celebration of the joyous occasion that is a traditional Bengali wedding. Accompanying the floats will be dancers, musicians and local schools and community groups.

If you are a school or group that would like to be involved please email info@baishakhimela.org.uk

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