This weekend the King’s Cross Story Palace team popped along to the Camden Mela to speak to locals about the project and to sample the delights of this long running community festival.
The word ‘Mela’ is a Sanskrit word which means ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’ which is used in the Indian subcontinent for all sizes of gatherings. Traditionally the Mela has been continued by Asian communities wishing to bring something of home to their new countries.
Now in it’s 25th year, the Camden Mela, hosted by the Brunswick Neighbourhood Association, is a popular family event which showcases the riches of British Asian culture.
Taking place in Coram’s Fields, a park of 7 acres for the use of the families and children of King’s Cross, the day had a great vibe, as members of all communities come along to enjoy the stalls of tasty Indian treats, bouncy castles and musical entertainment.
The day also provided the perfect opportunity for the King’s Cross Story Palace team to meet local residents who had some wonderful memories of Camden as well as past Melas. I even found the time between talking to people to eat some delicious curry and get my face painted!
Do you have any memories or photos of past Melas or of Coram’s Fields? If so we would love to hear them…