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Camden Mela festival shows off borough’s diversity

'There’s a real unity in our community, not just from one community'

20 July, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Festival dancers with MP Keir Starmer, Town Hall leader Georgia Gould, Cllr Nash Ali, and Camden mayor Richard Cotton with sister Laura

HUNDREDS descended on Coram’s Fields on Sunday to enjoy a family fun day in the sun.

The much-loved ­Camden Mela festival returned to the Bloomsbury park, bringing with it an afternoon of music, dancing, food stalls, ­henna artists and funfair rides. The celebration of cultural diversity packed a political punch with Town Hall leader ­Georgia Gould, Camden mayor Richard Cotton, Keir Starmer MP, and Labour councillors Abdul Hai and Nash Ali all joining a vibrant parade around the park before taking to the stage to praise the event.

“The Camden Mela brings together people from all different backgrounds,” said Cllr Ali, who helps organise the festival. “In Camden we are all united. There’s a real unity in our community, not just from one community.”

Sisters Safia and Aicha Hassan, aged 11 and 13

Cllr Gould added: “At Camden Council our motto is ‘Not for self, but for all’, and in Camden I think we really live that. We have communities that stand together, we have amazing public services, and we have diverse, mixed communities that we celebrate and give us wonderful, exciting events like this.”

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