Management of the Baishaki Mela

Management of A Baishakhi Mela in Banglatown Brick Lane 2012 – 2021
Tower Hamlets
CLC4167 Management of the Baishaki Mela
Management of A Baishakhi Mela in Banglatown Brick Lane 2012 – 2021
Third Sector Partner Organisation Sought
Introduction
A Baishakhi Mela in Banglatown Brick Lane is the biggest celebration to welcome in the Bengali New Year outside of Bangladesh. Each year the best of British and Bangladeshi talent and culture is showcased through a large number of staged performances, a spectacular procession, arts and crafts market, food stalls and children’s activities.
Founded in 1998 this hugely popular cultural celebration has grown enormously both in reputation and audience and in 2011 attracted an attendance of 120,000+ over the day.
The Brief
Tower Hamlets Council is seeking a dynamic and highly organised Third Sector partner to develop and deliver the Mela. This agreement will be for a period of nine years, subject to a review.
The Council will award a grant towards the delivery of the Mela.  It is anticipated that this will be on a sliding scale so that after a period of years the event should be self-financing.  The organisation that is awarded management of the event will be responsible for raising further income streams via sponsorship, grant applications and trading in order to deliver a safe, high quality event for over 120,000 people.
Criteria
Organisations wishing to be considered for this opportunity must be Not for Profit or an independent voluntary or community group that only makes profit to support growth, such as social enterprises and cooperatives.
The Trust / Committee membership should include individuals who have a track record in the delivery of community led, large scale events and budgets. Additionally organisations should have an understanding of the sensitivities and complexities of working with diverse and hard to reach communities and a track record of working at a strategic level with a multitude of delivery partners.
Organisations wishing to be considered will need to submit a detailed three year business plan and vision / concept document that demonstrates a strategic approach to the delivery and sustainability of the event.
Responding to this opportunity
Interested organisations can express their interest and download the specification via the Council’s e-tendering system (London Tenders Portal), which is free of charge, but should allow sufficient time to register (at least 1 working day).
https://www.londontenders.org/procontract/supplier.nsf/frm_home?op enForm
Completed responses must be submitted via the e-tender system and the closing date for submitting completed quotation tender documents is Monday 23rd January 2012 at 12 noon.

The Council does not undertake to invite all applicants or bind itself to accept the lowest or any response.  The Council will not be liable for any costs incurred in responding to this opportunity.
The successful organisation will be required to undertake the services under the Council’s standard purchase order terms and conditions.

Contact:
Mrs Ambia Begum
Email Address:
ambia.begum@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Telephone:
020 7364 4794
Fax:
020 7364 4973
Address:
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent, Town Hall
London
Other
E14 2BG
United Kingdom
Key Dates
01/02/2012
29/01/2021
16/12/2011 16:00
23/01/2012 12:00
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