Scotland's top Bollywood act, the Desi Bravehearts, brought Glasgow's busy Buchanan Street shopping precinct to a standstill today as they launched the Jashn-e-Melal Festival of Nations.
The Jashn-e-Melal is Scotland's newest multi-cultural festival which takes place in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this Sunday (July 24) between 12 noon and 10pm. Organisers, the Glasgow Intercultural Arts Group, have unveiled an exciting line up for the event that includes Salim Sabri, the Desi Bravehearts, Persian Dust, Classical Base Band (Sufi Music), Paragon International, Anna Azhaare Iranian Dance and The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo Highland Ceilidh Dancers.
As well as a stunning array of musical performances there will also feature a number of other cultural showcases including jewellery, henna artists, Urdu and Chinese calligraphy, story telling and Turkish dance workshops.
Glasgow MSP Hanzala Malik said: “The Jashn-e-Melal will give the public a rare opportunity to interact with other world cultures and enjoy a day of live music, dance, entertainment and arts. We have an exceptional blend of cultural music, dance and exhibitions for all to enjoy at the festival.”
Mohammud Ashraf of the Glasgow Intercultural Arts Group said: “We are delighted to be bringing the Jashn-e-Melal to the people of Glasgow. The completely free indoor festival will bring energy, vibrancy and inspiring dance and music to the Royal Concert Hall in what promises to be another cultural extravaganza in the city.”
Fresh from their performances at Melas across the country including Glasgow and Bradford, Nisha Berman of the Desi Bravehearts said: "We can't wait to perform at the Jashn-e-Melal. The people of Glasgow have always shown a real interest in cultural events such as this and we can’t wait to put on a real show for them.”
The Jashn-e-Melal is supported by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, United Cash and Carry and Awaz FM.