Glasgow Mela celebrates 25th anniversary this summer
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Glasgow Mela celebrates 25th anniversary this summer


The Glasgow Mela will turn 25 later this year with new events being staged in the city, as Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival continues to develop. Mela on Your Doorstep will be held in Barmulloch Comm​unity Centre on Sunday, 19 April, and, as part  at Tramway on Saturday, 16 May, before the Glasgow Mela is held in Kelvingrove Park on Sunday, 14 June, running from 12 noon until 8pm. 

The new events will allow communities across Glasgow to enjoy the unique experience of the Mela in their own areas for the first time. Mela on Your Doorstep will celebrate Glasgow’s continuing evolution as Scotland’s most ethnically and culturally diverse city and offer a platform for performers to reflect this.

Councillor Soryia Siddique, Glasgow Life Board member and Chair of the Glasgow Mela steering group, said: “The Glasgow Mela has grown and flourished beyond the wildest dreams of everyone who organised, performed and attended that first edition at Tramway 25 years ago. It is continuing to evolve even as we celebrate this important milestone for the event, with the creation of Mela on Your Doorstep. This celebration of Glasgow’s diversity has grown to become a crucial part of the city’s cultural offering which has featured some incredible performers over the years.”

Glasgow Mela is supported as part of Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.

At Barmulloch Community Centre on 19 April come and try Bhangra and Bollywood dance and sample international cookery, arts activities and storytelling from around the world with performances by artists and local groups including Beateroute Arts, New Rhythms For Glasgow, Tollcross YMCA and Visual Statement Dance. 

Local performers appearing at the Mela on Your Doorstep events will also have the opportunity to be at the Glasgow Mela in June opening up the stages to new performers from across Glasgow. 

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 also been held in Queens Park, at Glasgow Green and in more recent years at Kelvingrove Park.  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 reflects the many cultures of Glasgow and has become an eagerly anticipated fixture on the cultural calendar of the city. Performances will be on throughout the day and visitors will also be able to enjoy dozens of stalls selling a huge and diverse range of food as part of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. 

Cllr Siddique added: “The Glasgow Mela is a celebration of the city’s incredibly rich and diverse communities and provides an outstanding opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate our pride in our shared cultures. Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen many positive changes in our great city and the Glasgow Mela is an expression, through art and culture, of our city’s incredible friendliness and inclusion.”

Some of the stars who have performed at the Mela in the last 25 years include Sukhshinder Shinda, Jas Dhami, the Dhol Foundation, Tigerstyle, Sona Walia, Malkit Singh, Aamir Shukat Ali Khan and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. 

For more information about the Glasgow Mela and Mela on Your Doorstep please visit 


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