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Music and Dance at the Pakistani Independence Day Mela

Festivals Traditional Style



12 pm - 6 pm

The neighborhood of Midwood, also known as “Little Pakistan,” is a refuge for Pakistani-Americans. The neighborhood is also a cultural nucleus of music, dance, henna, and moonlight Ramadan celebrations. In August, the annual mela (Sanskrit for “gathering”) street fair celebrates Pakistan’s 1947 independence from Great Britain. Since 1990, the festival has attracted more than 15,000 Pakistani-Americans from around the country each year, drawing crowds to its booths of Pakistani cuisine, handicrafts, boutiques, children’s entertainment, and a main stage featuring Pakistani pop artists. 

On Saturday, August 20 from 12-6pm, please join us for a full day of Punjabi folk songs and music from Peshawar. This special event features local Pakistani-American artists and showcases traditional music and dance forms that don't always make it onto main stages and into pop productions. The BAC Folk Arts Tent will be located at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue H. Take a break from the festival crowds (and the hot summer sun!) and join our intimate atmosphere. 

Saturday, August 20th

Coney Island Avenue and Avenue H

BAC Folk Arts Presents Festivals Traditional Style is made possible, in part, through public funds from: National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council; and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. Major foundation and corporate support is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Con Edison, and TD Bank.

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