O2 Glasgow Mela festival-goers have often enjoyed an ice-lolly as they take in the music and colour at Scotland’s largest multi-cultural festival, but this year for the first-time ever visitors to Kelvingrove Park will be able to take to the ice – in June.
The 10m by 10m synthetic ice rink will be free to all families and festival-folk going along to the O2 Glasgow Mela on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June. Open from 12 noon until 6pm each day, sessions will last approximately 30 minutes with up to 35 skaters allowed on the rink at any one time. The skating surface takes only 4 hours to build and 2 hours to take down after the event – and the sun shining down on skaters will only add to the experience.
Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow will host some of the biggest names in urban, Bhangra and Bollywood music from during a weekend that promises vibrant music, dance, entertainment and live performances on three stages across the whole park. O2 Glasgow Mela has partnered with Forestry Commission Scotland to develop a first-class Kid’s Zone at this year’s festival, programmed by Glasgow based artist Joanne Boyce the revamped children’s area offers a wealth of activities to tempt little ones to get creative in the park. The ice rink is set to be a welcome addition to those with youngsters – and those without.
Jill Miller, Director of Culture at Glasgow Life said: “As a city we love skating, Glasgow on Ice in George Square saw over 50,000 people take to the ice this winter. Spinning round under the twinkling lights has a magical feel to it – but skating in the sunshine, now that definitely has appeal. The O2 Glasgow Mela is a wonderful event which is free for all of the family and celebrates all that is good about Glasgow. The additional of this unique ice rink is sure to add to the festivities. If you’ve never sampled Kelvingrove Park during the Mela weekend make 2012 the year to savour all that is on offer.”
Since its launch 22 years ago, during Glasgow’s 1990 European City of Culture festivities, the two-day extravaganza, based on the traditions and customs of the Indian sub-continent, has continued to grow in popularity. O2 Glasgow Mela regularly attracts crowds of more than 25,000 visitors, a vibrant mix of people who come together to embrace and celebrate the many cultures that strongly influence everything about the city of Glasgow and its people.
Event organisers Glasgow Life are finalising the two-day line up, which is set to feature a fantastic mix of cultural musicians, dance acts and interactive arts performers. Headline acts together with a full range of other attractions and activities being staged at the carnival will be announced soon, keep an eye on www.glasgowmela.com