Fagun Fest is a music, arts, and food festival that will take place on 17th February 2019 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Hammersmith in London.
We have lined up popular Bengali folk musicians who will perform alongside British folk musicians and bands. We will have stalls selling Indian handicrafts, and food stalls selling delectable Indian snacks and traditional Bengali winter sweet-and-savoury snacks made of rice-pancakes, called "Pithe".
What is Fagun Fest?
“Fagun” is the name of a Bengali winter month and in this festival we aim to bring Bengal’s renowned winter festival “Poush Mela” to the heart of London! Poush Mela started as a small Tagore family affair at Shantiniketan in Bengal and today has become a major cultural event with visitors from all over the world. The festival carries the essence of Bengali culture, with performances and by folk Baul musicians, tribal dancers and local village artists.
Who is organising this?
Bengal Heritage Foundation (BHF) is a not-for-profit organisation based in London that promotes the heritage of Bengal by connecting Bengal with the he UK and the world through cultural, educational, industrial, sporting and tourism initiatives and institutions. BHF has has joined hands with another UK charity London Sharad Utsav (LSU) and the British Council, to conceptualise and plan Fagun Fest.
What to expect at Fagun Fest?
- An eclectic programme of folk music and art
- Delectable Indian sweet and savoury snacks to keep you going
- Something for all ages
What is the line-up?
- Indian folk music performances by Girish Kyapa, Deepmoy Das and Arpan Thakur Chakraborty (Bengali Folk Artists)
- Performances by British (Gaelic, Celtic and Welsh) folk musicians and bands
- Folk fusion performances by Indian and British folk musicians
- Cultural performances by British and British-Bengali youth
- Food stalls selling delectable Indian savoury snacks and desserts
- Stall selling various types of “pithe” (rice- pancakes) - a must try for all visitors!
- Sale and exhibition of handicrafts from Bengal and other parts of India.
- An exhibition on the ancient handicraft of “Madur Shilpo” (natural fibre mats) by renowned artist Alok Jana, who has won The Indian President’s Award in 2008 for his work on “Mataranchis” (extremely fine weaves)
How crowdfunding works and how we will use funds?
We need your support to make Fagun Fest happen!
With pledges from you and others, we will have enough funds to hire the venue, pay for the musicians to travel to the venue and perform, and to organise and deliver a brilliant event. In return you get to be a part of the event from the beginning. We also have some excellent rewards and recognition for our sponsors.
We will also publish a Bengali diaspora magazine and a 2019 calendar dedicated to British and Bengali Folk Festivals. For corporate sponsorship opportunities please get in touch at: email@example.com