Edinburgh Mela launches programme
A colourful celebration of the world’s different cultures returns to Edinburgh this festival seasonwith a jam packed three day programme.
The Edinburgh Mela Festival, Scotland’s foremost celebration of cultural diversity through arts and culture, returns to Leith Links with an exciting programme including BMX-infused dance and world class musical performances, as well as the firm favourites of the fashion show and children events.
The festival which takes place from the 2 September to Sunday 4 September, will feature a range of celebrated artists including the Mela Fashion Show, devised by Dutch ex-supermodel Anna Freemantle; MOBO Award winner classical Hindi and RnB singing sensation Raghav; Ashesh and Nekhvam- Nepal's outstanding blues rock band with their unique blend of rock, blues and Eastern rhythms- and award winning beat-boxers. Bigg Taj and Danny Ladwa.
Speaking at the programme launch today, Steve Stenning, Edinburgh Mela Director, said:
“The Mela prides itself in being a platform for world class international artists and up-and-coming local performers and this year will be no different. This year’s programme has an ambitious mix of spectacular commissions, world premiere performances and diverse programming that I’m sure will excite and enthral in equal measure...".
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:
“The Mela is a wonderful celebration of our nation's cultural diversity and an integral part of Edinburgh's world renowned festivals. Featuring a dazzling array of dance, theatre, music, food and performance and with a host of local and international talent, including our Expo funded collaboration between Bengali and Scottish artists, this year’s programme is sure to be a huge success.”
The Mela, which is celebrating its 16th year, will also unveil a brand new work called Pandal, which is supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and features South Asian and Scottish cultural symbols designed and created by Bengali and Scottish artists.
Day passes, which give unlimited access to all the festivities, cost £2 in advance or £2.50 on the door and under-12s go free. Tickets are available from The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE or by calling 0131 473 2000. They can also be purchased at www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk and from the on-site box office over the Mela weekend.