Harrow Music Festival - Fagun Fest 2019

by Bengal Heritage Project in Harrow, England, United Kingdom

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On 27th February 2019 we successfully raised £1,180 with 19 supporters in 35 days

We, LSU, are raising £3000 to start an annual folk music and arts festival in London that will bring together British and Bengali folk music

by Bengal Heritage Project in Harrow, England, United Kingdom

Harrow Music Festival is a private performance (Invitation Only) that will take place on 15th February 2019 at Harrow Council focussing on Indian Folk and Classical music.

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 and Harrow Music Festival?

“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?

London Sharad Utsav (LSU) is a UK charity 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. LSU together with another UK not for profit organisation Bengal Heritage Foundation (BHF) and the British Council, to conceptualise and plan Fagun Fest.

What to expect at Harrow Music Festival and 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)
  • Folk art displayed by Indian folk musicians
  • Cultural performances by British and British-Bengali youth from Harrow and beyond
  • Food stalls with delectable Indian savoury snacks and desserts - including “pithe” (rice- pancakes) - a must try for all visitors!
  • An exhibition on the ancient handicraft of “Madur Shilpo” (natural fibre mats)  by renowned artist Nishikanta Das.

How crowdfunding works and how we will use funds?

We need your support to make Harrow Music Festival and 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: info@londonsu.org


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

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£60 Reward

As an expression of gratitude for your support, we offer you a "Supporter of Fagun Fest Pack". This includes: 1. Two reserved seats at the event 2. A special handicraft or special fountain pen gift 3. Food coupons for two for the fest

£20 or more

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£20 Reward

As an expression of gratitude for your support, we offer you a "Friend of Fagun Fest Pack". This includes: 1. A reserved seat at the event 2. Food coupons for the fest

£100 or more

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£100 Reward

As an expression of gratitude for your support, we offer you a "Champion of Fagun Fest Pack". This includes: 1. Two front section reserved seats at the event 2. A special hand painted panjabi (kurta) or hand painted stole 3. Food coupons for the fest

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