Meanwhile, two stages will provide music, dance and comedy, with an impressive line-up that includes the up-and-coming Nitin Sawhney Band, the Safri Boys, Irene Perveen, the Bannerjee Sisters, Latafat Ali Khan and veterans of the Asian comedy circuit, the Secret Asians and Nina Wadia.
Now in its ninth year, the Lambeth Mela is a platform for Asian artists to display their talents and wares. "It is important to give something to the community that exposes Asian culture," Navteg Mudhar, organiser of the Mela, explains. "It is a way of opening their eyes to the richness and array of talent that is erupting - even I was surprised to see the number of clued-up people who are out there."
At a time when media attention has focused on more violent happenings in Asian areas, Navteg insists that "there is a strong need for Asians to focus on the positive aspects of their community and to relax and chill out with one another".
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