Over 26,000 flock to Edinburgh Mela 2015

Edinburgh Mela, Scotland’s largest celebration of world music and dance, had another fantastic end-of August weekend in 2015, with over 26,000 people attending.

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The festival's Leith Links location saw thousands of fans arrive, attracted by the huge range of music, dance, fashion and food on offer from across the world.

Festival Director Chris Purnell said:

I am delighted with the success of the Mela this year. Once again we have demonstrated just how important our festival is to the people of the city and Scotland as a celebration of our collective cultural heritage. 
The Mela is unlike any other festival in Scotland offering a platform for diversity and supporting the work of emerging talent whilst bringing artists of international stature from the world music and dance scene to the attention of new and existing audiences.

Among the highlights this year was the full performance of Bollywood Love Story, a special collaboration between the Mela and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The show, which packed out the Main Stage Tent featured professional dancers from Bollywood, alongside dancers chosen from the local community after open auditions.

Purnell added: 

Our collaboration with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with Bollywood Love Story has been an unprecedented success and I would like to thank everyone involved in that amazing journey along with all those who work so hard to make the Mela such an indispensible part of the city’s cultural life.

This was the 21st Edinburgh Mela following the festival's creation in 1995, and it has since grown into one of the biggest world music, dance and food festivals in the country, attracting global artists to inspire and entertain. 

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop commented: 

The Edinburgh Mela has been a wonderful weekend of colour and sound from across the world.
Scotland is a country that embraces cultures from across the world and it’s great that the event has once again welcomed thousands through its gates. The Scottish Government Expo fund supported ‘Bollywood Love Story’ and ‘Goddess’ which enabled the festival to develop a truly multi-cultural extravaganza.

The 2016 Edinburgh Mela will take place on 27 and 28 August. For more information on the Mela, please visit our festival page

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