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Glasgow Mela Celebrates City’s Diverse Communities

03/07/2017

The Glasgow Mela brought over 40,000 people to Kelvingrove Park on Sunday (2nd July) for another amazing celebration at Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival. The Mela, which was first held in 1990, started at 12 noon and had performances until 8pm.


Among the headliners were Roshan Prince who is known as an actor and music producer as well as a singer and musician, Siddhendra Kuchipudi Arts Academy, dance group Raginee, the Dhollu Kunitha Group, the Adeel Chishti Qawali Group, Asad Abass, the Desi Bravehearts, Abhinaya Dance, Sheboom, the Kennedy Cupcakes and several performances specially commissioned and created for the Glasgow Mela. 


The event uses the Kelvingrove Bandstand as well as two specially built stages to deliver dozens of performances with even more taking place across Kelvingrove Park. In all, hundreds of performers took part from all over Glasgow and the world. Artists came from India, Pakistan and the USA to be part of the Glasgow Mela. 


As well as great entertainment and unforgettable performances, the Glasgow Mela is renowned for the outstanding food and diverse stalls. For the first time the Mela hosted a craft village that featured demonstrations and workshops.


The Glasgow Mela is organised by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council and is sponsored by Incredible India and supported by Creative Scotland.

Glasgow’s first Mela was in 1990 as part of the European City of Culture and was an indoor celebration at the then newly opened Tramway. 


It has grown to a massive outdoor event which attracts tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists and performers from all over the world.


Coming from the Sanskrit word “to meet”, the Mela has become an eagerly anticipated fixture on the cultural calendar of the city.


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