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Asian festival is musical treat

INDIAN music lovers from all over the south east flocked to a multi-cultural music festival which has been called “a mini Notting Hill”.

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Some 2,000 people of all ages and backgrounds enjoyed popular music and food at the first Multi-Cultural, Education and Youth Association (MEYA) festival in Gordon Promenade, Gravesend.

The crowd was entertained by top Asian artists including Amar Arshi, Mohammad Rafiq, Shian Khan and Shankar Shawney who all flew in from India.

Heera, one of the biggest bhangra artists, also performed.

And top Indian media personality Leyla, from Zee TV, hosted the show.

The festival was a family event with different generations sitting together and enjoying the show.

As well as music, there were more than a dozen stalls selling Indian food and jewellery.

Festival co-ordinator Jappy Takhar said: “The event was a great success and was enjoyed by all.

“A lot of hard work went into the organisation but it was worth it to see the reaction of the audience when the artists performed.”

He added: “I hope this is the beginning a mini Notting Hill Carnival for Gravesend.”

The festival was organised by MEYA in partnership with Gravesham Council.

Gurvinder Sandher from the North West Kent Racial Equality Council said: “MEYA and Gravesham Council need to be congratulated on the festival. I hope something similar can be organised for next year.”



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