Mela Celebrates Diversity With Crowds Of 30,000

28 August 2019

Martin McDonald, Chair of the Community Relations Council, with other people at the Mela | CRC NI

The Belfast Mela celebrated its biggest event ever as 30,000 people attended Botanic Gardens Belfast for a massive global party.

The Community Relations Council was happy to part-fund this event.

The 13th annual Belfast Mela, on Sunday 25 August at Botanic Gardens, celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, and arts.

Organised by ArtsEkta, Nisha Tandon, OBE, Founder and Executive Director of ArtsEkta said: 

This year we put on our most ambitious programme and we are so proud that Mela has grown to become one of the city’s signature cultural events promoting Belfast as an open, inclusive and welcoming place to live and do business.

Many communities have made Belfast their home and it has never been more important that we embrace the individuality and cultural heritage of each citizen and find strength in our diversity. Working with hundreds of artists, locally and internationally we presented a bold, vibrant and colourful cultural celebration once again this year and it is just wonderful that the sun shone and we attracted our biggest audience ever to celebrate with us this year."

The Mela returns with the 14th edition on the 30 August 2020.

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