The Redbridge Boishakhi Mela Trust finally convened a board meeting to decide when the mela will take place after nearly three years. Cllr. Sham Islam, the trust chairperson, mentioned that many locals had asked for the mela to be held this year. They do understand the facts that our principal is to host the mela following Sunday of pohela boishakh, but since Covid19 and last year’s Ramadan prevented us from doing the mela during Ramadan, I would like to propose to board members that we should hold the mela after Eid and combined both celebrations together.
Redbridge Boishakhi Mela is very popular among the Bengali community in the United Kingdom and Europe. Each year, they offer something new to the public, such as a tribute to Baoul Shah Abul Karim, Durminshah, Radha Raman, a band performance, and more.
The primary purpose of the mela is to promote young Bengali talent by discovering, cultivating, and showcasing their performances to the public. The committee chose to organise the mela at Ilford Town Hall on Sunday, June 4, 2023, from 2 to 7 p.m.