Mela makes it six-of-the-best for Edinburgh!

This weekend, at the very height of Edinburgh's August celebrations, the Edinburgh Mela will bring a SIXTH festival flavour to the table, with a fantastic weekend of world music, dance, fashion and food.


The Mela (Sat 29 - Sun 30 August) is celebrating its 21st edition and organisers are expecting huge crowds to flock to Leith Links, in the north east of the city, to enjoy the party.

One of the highlights will be the chance to see the full scale production of Bollywood Love Story, parts of which have featured in this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The show, which takes place on Sunday, features a cast of more than 40, including 30 talented local dancers led by Bollywood professionals, in a spectacular tale of love and adventure.

Festival Director, Chris Purnell said:

We're thrilled that the Edinburgh Mela's first ever collaboration with the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo has been so well received, with news coverage from around the world. The spectacular dancing and costumes of the 40+ strong cast- including over 30 dancers chosen from the Edinburgh community- has been dazzling crowds every night at the Castle and we can't wait to show Edinburgh the full Story at the Mela on Sunday.

The weekend will also see the world premiere of Goddess, an innovative new dance piece specially commissioned for the Mela and choreographed by Edinburgh’s Alan Greig. Goddess takes a look at the tradition of goddesses in the cultures and religions of people all across the world. 

As well as the big set piece performances there will, of course be a huge range of music and dance performances on offer, spanning Indian rhythms, African desert blues, reggae, Latin grooves, brass, bhangra and more. 

Plus there's the Mela Fashion Show and Marketplace for those looking for new threads, the Global Food Village for those looking for tasty treats, and the Mela Kidzone to keep younger ones entertained. 

To help minimise queues each day, the Mela is also offering an Early Bird ticket price right up until the eve of the festival - to take advantage, head to and book in advance, including free tickets for under 12s!

Images (clockwise from top left):

  • Bollywood Love Story dancers at the Tattoo (Edinburgh Mela/Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)
  • Sahara, playing Sunday 30 August (Edinburgh Mela)
  • The Mela's Main Stage tent (Festivals Edinburgh)
  • Sukshinder Shinda, playing Saturday 29 August (Edinburgh Mela)

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