When1pm - 9pm, Sunday 31st August 2014
The 2014 London Mela explodes onto Gunnersbury Park this summer with a huge programme of live entertainment, traditional Asian culture and family activities. Thousands of Londoners will be present at what is expected to be one of the biggest free festivals of the year.
Celebrating Asian culture at London Mela
With a number of distinct zones to explore, the London Mela event gives visitors the chance to celebrate Asian culture in London in a vibrant festival atmosphere. Gunnersbury Park will be bristling with activity on the day, with live music and dance, food stalls, fashion and special guests. There will be classical and experimental music, circus acts, comedy, live street theatre and visual arts performances.
The London Mela is considered to be the biggest one-day celebration of South Asian culture and creativity outside the Indian subcontinent and is strongly supported by the Mayor of London. The event is being held in the 30 acre Gunnersbury Park, and the diversity of the free festival makes it ideally suited to Londoners of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.
Music old and new
The 2014 lineup includes a selection of traditional performances from a variety of Asian countries, alongside more modern music and the latest urban grooves. A series of specially commissioned pieces also feature during the day, giving the crowds the chance to party in the sun.
Join the party at Gunnersbury Park
Organised by Ealing Council, the London Mela festival is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors. Expect to see masses of people dancing and celebrating the best of Asian culture, with highlights including market stalls stocking food from around the world and even a giant funfair to keep kids happy. Other highlights of the 2014 festival include a 300 strong parade featuring giant floats, live music and spectacular costumes.
Acts to be making an appearance at this year's festival are yet to be confirmed, but AS Kang, Bally Sagoo, Falak and the Raasmasters feat Absolute Bollywood Dancers all took to various stages last year, so you can expect more quality entertainment for 2014. The festival also sees the Mayor of London's celebrations for Eid ul Fitr at Trafalgar Square, so make sure you get in on the action.
See the finale
A huge finale will cap proceedings at the festival, guaranteed to be a memorable occasion in London this summer. Expect a vibrant open air celebration in traditional style, where Londoners of all ages can enjoy a slice of authentic Asian culture.
The London Mela takes place at Gunnersbury Park, West London from 1pm - 9pm, Sunday 31st August 2014. The festival is free to attend.