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London Mela to return to Gunnersbury Park for celebration of Asian culture

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan will perform at this year's London Mela. Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan will perform at this year's London Mela.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
9:21 AM

Europe’s largest free outdoor Asian festival returns to Ealing this weekend for the 11th year.

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The London Mela, which last year attracted 80,000 people, will feature music, arts, food from around the world, markets and a funfair at Gunnersbury Park.

In addition to the main stage, performances will take place on the BBC Asian Music New Music, the alternative music and the classical stages.

Recently announced to perform on the main stage is Harshdeep Kaur, who has featured on many Bollywood and Hollywood soundtracks including Danny Boyle’s film 127 Hours.

The Philharmonia Orchestra returns to the event this year to perform on the classical stage with Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, in a specially commissioned performance for the event.

Cllr Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “The London Mela is a fantastic and lively day out for the whole family. It provides a great opportunity for all people in the community to come together to discover the best of south Asian music, arts and culture – and all for free.”

Those planning to go to the festival are advised to use public transport, and residents are reminded to affix the mela parking tickets they have been provided with to their cars by 7pm on Saturday.

Parking and access to the roads surrounding Gunnersbury Park will be limited from 7am to 10pm on the day of the event and parking along some of the roads will be open to residents only and other roads will be closed to both residents and non-residents.

Disabled blue badge holders and residents showing proof of address will also be able to use the car parks within Gunnersbury Park for free at this year’s event.

Cllr Bell said: “Festival-goers are encouraged to travel to Gunnersbury Park by public transport, as onsite parking is very limited. We’re doing everything possible to minimise disruption to residents, and hope that all local people come along and enjoy this year’s event.”

The London Mela, produced by Ealing Council and supported by the Mayor of London, London Borough of Hounslow and Arts Council England, with BBC Asian Network programming the main stage, takes place on Sunday from 1pm to 9pm.

•Roads where access and parking will be open to residents only are Lionel Road, Sunderland Road, Durham Road, Olive Road, Rose Gardens, Cedar Grove, Beech Gardens, Ash Grove, Elderberry Grove, Knight’s Avenue, Tudor Way, Baronsmeade, Lillian Avenue, Gunnersbury Gardens, Princes Avenue, The Ridgeway, Park Place, Gunnersbury Crescent, Knightsbridge Avenue, Manor Gardens, outside the International School of London on the A406 (North Circular).

•Roads where parking will be restricted for both residents and non-residents are both sides of Pope’s Lane from the North Circular Road to South Ealing Road; the first 30 yards from Pope’s Lane on both sides along Beech Gardens, Ash Grove, Elderberry Road, Knight’s Avenue and Baronsmede; Gunnersbury Drive; and the north and south side of Gunnersbury Lane from North Circular Road to Bollo Road.

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