Bhaji on the Beach

Friday 20 Aug 2021
Dancing at Bhaji on the Beach

In Summer 2021 over 350 people from various diverse communities across Essex came together for Bhaji on the Beach. We enjoyed Indian food, African drumming, Bollywood Dancing, henna hand painting, and a special seaside screening of Gurinder Chadha’s iconic film Bend it Like Beckham.

Using the beautiful Jaywick Sands coastline as a backdrop for the event, the screening took place outside Jaywick Martello Tower, a thriving arts, heritage and community venue. Also featured were Lata Upadhyaya’s Arts in Transit van, and Kinetika’s beautiful silk flags.

Poster showing scene from Bend it Like Beckham film

  • Arts in Transit, mobile art by Lata Upadhyaya
  • Indian Kavaad Storytelling with Seema Anand
  • Indian Food stall
  • Henna Hand Painting
  • African drumming with Efua Sey
  • Tai Chi with Colchester Chinese Culture Society
  • and more!

Bend it Like Beckham Trailer


Bend It Like Beckham (2002) PG-13 | 1h 52min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women’s football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn’t seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti. Watch the trailer on Gurinder Chadha’s YouTube channel


  • Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Ave, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England, CO15 2LF
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