Mela 2017 is at Kelvingrove Park on Sunday 2 July
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Mela 2017 is at Kelvingrove Park on Sunday 2 July

The Glasgow Mela returns to Kelvingrove Park this Sunday (2nd July) for another amazing celebration of Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival. The Mela, which was first held in 1990, starts at 12 noon and has performances across three stages until 8pm.
Among the headliners are 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 will take part from all over Glasgow and the world. Artists are flying in from India, Pakistan and the USA to be part of the Glasgow Mela.
Councillor Christina Cannon, Chair of the Glasgow Mela steering group, said: “The Glasgow Mela is a glorious celebration of the many cultures and communities of the city. Over more than a quarter of a century hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to the Glasgow Mela to celebrate our shared culture and diversity and thousands more will join us on Sunday. It will be a day full of joy, music, and dance that will be a brilliant showcase of modern Glasgow.”
As well as great entertainment and unforgettable performances, the Glasgow Mela is renowned for the outstanding food and the diverse stalls which can be found at the event. Cuisines from South Asia, Mexico, Indonesia and the UK will be available this year. For the first time the Mela will host a craft village that features 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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