The annual Waltham Forest Mela took place on Sunday, August 5, and welcomed nearly 10,000 visitors to Chestnut’s Field in Walthamstow for a vibrant celebration of South Asian cultures.

A packed audience was able to experience ‘Runways of the World’, a fusion fashion show curated by local artist Sba Shaikh featuring exciting designs from stylists, designers and models from across Waltham Forest.

Visitors were also able to enjoy a fun fair, free family activities and traditional South Asian cuisines.

The event included live performances from Harvey Sahota, Juggy D Hunterz, You Tube sensation Arjun, Bollywood fusion dance troupe Epika Dance and Bhangra artists Apna Sangeet and Mona Singh.

Up-and-coming musicians took centre stage in a special performance from music producer Shyal with Nash, Riya and Rishi Rai.

Birmingham based singer-songwriter Nash has been named one of BBC Asian Network’s 'Future Sounds' for 2018. Young performers from Leaders Community, a local not-for-profit organisation, opened the show with a street dance.

Cllr Paul Douglas, junior cabinet member for culture said: “I’m pleased that so many of our local residents were able to enjoy the different sights, sounds and a taste of South Asia at the Waltham Forest Mela.

“Many visitors had never seen a fashion show and we were able to enjoy creations by our local designers and stylists from across the borough.

“2019 is going to be a fantastic year as we prepare to become the first ever London Borough of Culture. Visitors were able to speak with us about how they can become involved in delivering our year together.”

The Waltham Forest Mela is one of six major Get Together community events to be held around Waltham Forest this year, including the Leyton Carnival, Walthamstow Garden Party, Chingfest, Leytonstone Street Fest and Fireworks Night.

Next up in the series is the Chingfest on Saturday, August 11, when Chingford’s Ridgeway Park hosts a day of free live music for all the family.