Dates and times
Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival, Glasgow Mela takes to the stage curating a packed programme that fuses music and dance from across the world.
Celebrating Glasgow’s many cultures and international connections, this event is an opportunity like no other to share the colours, sounds and fragrances of South Asia and other communities living in our great city. Featuring a programme of music and dance by local, national and international artists from India, Barcelona and Greece, it promises to be an amazing day out.
Glasgow Mela is Scotland’s largest free, outdoor multicultural event. Running since 1990, las year the event was voted UK’s Best Mela by the Bhangra Awards 2017.
Coming from the Sanskrit word “to meet”, the Mela has become an eagerly anticipated fixture on the cultural calendar of the city, highlighting the cultural heritage of South Asia and embracing many other communities as part of the cultural celebration of Glasgow.
Raj Circus (various times throughout the day)
Lok Chhanda (from 5-5.30pm)
4.00pm Lok Chhanda
5.00pm Güngur Arts – Oddisi Dance
6.10pm Hellenic Dance Group and Desi Bravehearts
6.45pm Eadarainn – Music Commission*
7.20pm Güngur Arts, Abhinaya Dance Group and Desi Bravehearts
8.35pm Treenava – Dance Commission**
9.15pm Lok Chhanda
More about what's on:
Lok Chhanda – 20 dancers dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional dance forms, Delhi, INDIA
Abhinaya Dance Group – Glasgow’s Bharat Natayam group promoting South Indian culture
Desi Bravehearts – Scotland-based group specialising in Bollywood and fusion dance styles
Glasgow Hellenic Dancers – Dedicated to passing on the traditional dances of Greece to new generations of dancers, SCOTLAND and GREECE
Raj Circus – Experience a flavour of Rajasthan’s fun, laughter and folklore through the music and circus skills of desert people, this group is world-renowned, and soon to be featured in a major film, INDIA
Güngur Arts, a Barcelona-based group showcasing Oddisi Dance, SPAIN
*'Eadarainn (Meaning 'Hamare Beech') - A Music Commission
A crossover commission from Creative Scotland which combines music and vocals in a fusion of Gaelic and Indian music. The project brings together four professional artists, Alan henderson and Kathlees MacInnes (Scotland), and Minakshi Majumdar and Sunita Bhuyan (India). It also involves twelve young musicians from both Gaelic and Asian backgrounds.
**'Treenava' - Dance fusion of three nations
This dance commission brings together three dance tutors, Anasua Majumdar (India), Ming Chu Au (China) -also known as Annie - and Carmen Castro (Barcelona, Spain).
The commission, led by Anasua as dance teacher in residence, has created a dance consisting of three components, Kathak, Chinese and Flamenco, danced by five performers for each component, presenting a fusion of all three disciplines.
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