Bollywood and bhangra were combined with dancing and healthy living advice on a day of free fun in Southall over the bank holiday weekend.
On Sunday (30 August) in the town’s recently created public space, Southall Square, outside Lidl, the event formed part of a Southall Fun Events programme which aimed to showcase new ways of using such spaces and bringing them alive.
Instructors used a temporary stage to encourage visitors to enjoy a free pungra fitness class – similar to zumba, but with bhangra music. It got lots of people on their feet. A new pungra course is running at Southall Sports Centre. The classes are being subsidised by the council’s local ward forum to encourage more people to get fit and active.
A screening of Bollywood movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara followed the music and dancing, with a big screen and deckchairs set up in the square.
The event was supported by Ealing Council as part of the Southall Big Plan. It was run by W5 Productions – an independent company founded by the University of West London – in association with Southall Community Alliance, whose volunteers were also on hand offering advice on healthy living and wellbeing.