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London Mela: All you need to know about Ealing's Asian festival

Europe's largest South Asian festival will return to Gunnersbury Park on Sunday (September 3)

Europe's largest South Asian festival will return to Gunnersbury Park in September.

The London Mela is set to celebrate its 15th year on Sunday, September 3 with a spectacular line-up of live music, dance, visual arts and food from South Asia.

The festival will feature classical music, British Asian urban artists, dance, comedy and cabaret, Asian-influenced street theatre and circus across four major stages.

This year’s ZEE Main Stage features performances from Hard Kaur, the Bhangra pop maestros Desi Crew, Miss Pooja and The Ska Vengers .

The BBC Asian Network Stage also has a jam-packed line-up with Bhangra beats and cutting-edge new Asian music.

Sadiq Khan poses for a selfie on stage at the London Mela(Image: @SadiqKhan)

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This wonderful family event showcases the fantastic diversity of Asian arts and culture in the capital, and invites Londoners from all backgrounds to come together and get involved.

"Over the last 15 years the Mela really has gone from strength to strength, with fantastic street theatre, dancing and delicious Asian cuisine.

"It’s events like this, taking place in all corners of the city that remind us that London Is Open, for all of our communities and to the world.”

The London Mela is fun for all the family(Image: Franck Alias Photography)

There will be a huge South Asian food market for foodies as well as international market stalls, a fun fair before a extravagant firework finale.

Festival-goers will even get the chance to be part of the London premiere of Zamana (Urdu for Time), which creates the illusion of flying beneath a giant helium balloon.

Will you be heading to the London Mela this year?(Image: Andrew Gray)

Here is all you need to know:

When : Sunday 3 September 2017.

Time: 1pm to 9.30pm.

Where : Gunnersbury Park, London, W3 8LQ.

Acts : Hard Kaur, Desi Crew, Miss Pooja The Ska Vengers, Talvin Singh, DJ Rekha, Asian Dub Foundation.

Tickets: The London Mela is free.

Nearest Tube stations

Acton Town (District Line / Piccadilly Line): Five-minute walk.

South Ealing (Piccadilly Line): 10-minute walk.

Gunnersbury (District Line): 10-minute walk.

Taking the train

Take the train or tube to Ealing Broadway (District Line / Central Line), then an express shuttle bus can take you straight to the park.

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