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Women in traditional dress performing a dance at Glasgow Mela

At Glasgow Mela 2019 the new producers, Scottish-Asian Creative Artists’ Network, took the event in a new direction, exploring the Scottish-Asian and British-Asian experience, and transforming the Mela into a platform for activism through arts and culture, to nurture and grow local artists.

2019’s programme focused on South Indian language and songs featuring everything from anti-caste protest songs from local noise-rocker Kapil Seshasayee to Scotland’s very first Sufi Qawali group, to Deepa Nair Rasiya, who has been described as a “pioneering and innovative composer with a deeply soul-stirring vocal style”. 

For the first time, Glasgow Mela hosted an artist-in-residence, Mila Brown. Mila was at Kelvingrove Park all day, inviting all Mela-goers to help her make a new piece of work. You also found comedians, poets and a ceilidh at Kelvingrove Park.

As well as the performances across the three stages, there was a huge selection of world food, clothing and goods stalls and entertainment as Glasgow celebrated its rich cultural heritage and all its communities.

All events at Glasgow Mela were free and open to all.

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