Mayor Of Tower Hamlets John Biggs has urged the community to stay united to organise this year’s Mela.
He also wants to hear ideas and contributions from all parts of the community about the cultural programme and on how to make the Mela more family friendly.
Earlier he confirmed that the Boishakhi Mela would be operated by the council, and would be held on 31st July at Weavers Fields open Space in Bethnal Green. This delay was because the Trust responsible for operating the Mela at short notice advised it would not be able to go ahead in May, because of conditions set by the Commissioners sent into Tower Hamlets by the Government under the previous Mayor, and the Holy month of Ramadan means it must now take place after Ramadan in July.
Mayor Biggs said: ‘The Council is looking forward to holding a successful Mela in July at Weavers Field. The Mela is a traditional Bengali cultural event but also a community event for all the family, so I want the community to be involved from the start. In particular I’d like to hear ideas about how to make it a family friendly event, and about the sort of cultural activities that should be included. Please send me your thoughts about Mela directly to my personal e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org . You can write to me in English or Bengali.’
Mayor Biggs also said: ‘I am sorry that Boishakhi Mela Community Trust were unable to meet the requirements of the Commissioners in relations to outstanding audit and monitoring requirements. This has given the council no option but to terminate their contact. But I would like to thank the Trust and its chair Mr Siraj Haque for the work they have done in making Mela a success over the years. The council is inviting Mr Haque to remain involved in the planning of the event in a senior advisory capacity. A new contract to operate the Mela in 2017 and beyond will now go out to tender, and we look forward to working with the community to deliver the Boishakhi Mela in the future.’