LUTON BOROUGH COUNCIL EVENT:
by Amy Pollard (@apollardjourno)
Luton prepares to host Batighor Boishakhi Mela 2015 this April.
The two day event will be held at St George’s Square on April 13 and April 14 between 12:00 and 18:00.
The Asian festival aims to celebrate the shared culture and heritage of the community with pride and passion.
It also aims to promote volunteering through community activities.
With a packed and fun filled programme, the audience can expect to be entertained from start to finish.
Day one will feature street art, performances, food, dances and drumming and day two will comprise of stage performances of folk music and dances from around the world.
Boishakhi Mela will promote community cohesion and integration of the diverse communities by allowing them to perform on the same stage.
Boishakh is celebrated by the Bangladeshi, Indian, Nepali, Pakistani and Sri Lankan communities.
It is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent as the Bangla New Year.
As one of the most important festivals celebrated, all religions come together to have fun.
Hasan Akon, Chairman of the event said: “Boishakhi Mela makes a strong impact on the community by building a positive and harmonious relationship between people from all different ethnicity, culture, and religious backgrounds when they are performing and working together.
“It is an opportunity for everybody to be part of the community activities and to participate in Mela, a multicultural event for public benefits.
“Everyone is invited to be part of the community activities and to participate and perform in ‘Boishakhi Mela’.”
The event is free and open to all members of the public.