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Camden prepares for 2010 Mela
at all levels, whether it be tastes featuring bazaars, folk troupes,
sponsorship, joining the Mela traditional and contemporary British-
Committee, marketing or Bangladeshi music and dance.
volunteering.
Over the years the Mela has grown to
The Mela committee informed such an extent that it represents an
Spice Business it is aiming to opportunity for the wider communi-
hold the 2010 Mela on July 10th ties to get together, regardless of their
and 11th in London’s Regents background, and work towards a fes-
Park and The British Museum tive occasion through involvement in
and is expecting a turnout various educational and arts projects
of about 15,000 people. The that promote appreciation and under-
A networking event organised by the
Mela’s supporters/sponsors standing of various cultures in one of
Camden Bangladesh Mela Committee
this year include the British Museum, the world’s greatest multicultural city.
was held on 20th January this year, to
British Land, Camden Council, The Mela uses arts to challenge nega-
inaugurate this year’s event. Among
Channel S, Spice Business Magazine tive perceptions of multicultural soci-
other things it focussed on generating
and London Design House. ety and aims to break down barriers
awareness of the Mela’s activities, the
benefits it brings to society, promoting
the Mela to the wider communities and
raising funds through sponsorship.
There was a good turnout and amongst
those present were the Deputy High
Commissioner of Bangladesh, the
Leader of Camden Council, the Chief
Executive of the local Primary Care
Trust, the founder of the British Curry
Awards and Editor of Spice Business
Magazine, The Deputy Director of
the British Museum, the Chair of The
Seven Dials Trust and representa-
tives from various businesses such as
and is a spectacular event for all ages
British Land and Argent Group.
The first Camden Mela was held in to enjoy in the height of the British
July 1992 at the Grays Inn Road and the summer.
The evening served as an ideal oppor-
annual event showcases the culture of
tunity for guests and delegates to
Camden’s biggest ethnic minority. It is
explore how they can get involved
a feast of sights, sounds, smells and
Belfast Brasserie goes into administration
An Indian restaurant business in south Belfast has
gone into administration three months after it began
trading. Administrators Lismore & Co were appointed
by the High Court in January to take over the running
of Bengal Brasserie II, after complaints of non pay-
ment by suppliers.
The premises were developed and opened by restau-
rateur Nigel Rahman and his then-business partner
Paul Blythe at the start of November. At the time, Mr
Rahman said the premises would be Ireland’s biggest
restaurant, and represented a £2m investment in the
city.
Spice Business Magazine 18 February | March 2010
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