“Mela” is a Sanskrit word meaning a community-wide meeting, gathering or celebration. It has become a well-known moniker for local and international festivals and gatherings which embrace ethnic and cultural diversity.
The Edinburgh Mela Festival first begun in 1995 by the ethnic minority communities in the town and has evolved into a large annual affair filled with programmes of music, dance, theater, sports, arts and crafts, and activities for children. The Festival lasts several days at multiple charming city venues and it draws thousands of guests from the United Kingdom and beyond.
It showcases ethnic art and experiences ranging from the trials and tribulations of immigration to African, Asian and Indian dance, fashion and music. Original commissioned works which draw together storytellers, musicians, actors and all manner of artists are one of its hallmarks. Intriguing food choices are abundant and the marketplace is thriving, so everyone will find something to delight and entertain.
Mela adds a unique dimension to Edinburgh’s many annual festivals and artistic performances and is a worthy destination for locals and visitors alike.