26 June 2018
The Glasgow Mela attracted a record crowd of 45,000 people as the event was staged in perfect conditions in Kelvingrove Park on Sunday 24 June. Artists and performers from across Glasgow and Scotland joined acts from around the UK and the world to entertain the huge crowds.
Headliner Miss Pooja, one of the biggest selling female bhangra artists in the world and vocalist Akbar Ali were among the performers and a Gaelic-Indian collaboration, funded by Creative Scotland and featuring violinists Alan Henderson and Sunita Bhuyan, singers Kathleen MacInnes and Minakshi Majumdar, and young people from both backgrounds premiered.
The line-up included local favourites such as Desi Bravehearts and Dance Abhinaya, and acts from further afield like Romane Cierhenia and Gabru Punjab De.
Throughout the day festivalgoers enjoyed a host of acts, including Black Star Steel Band, Mela veterans G Town Desi, and the ever-popular Raj Brass Band.
Councillor Christina Cannon, Chair of the Glasgow Mela steering group, said: “What an incredible Glasgow Mela the crowds in Kelvingrove Park have enjoyed. The Mela has always been about people coming together to celebrate the incredible diversity of Glasgow and its many communities. We’ve set high standards for next year but the work has already started on making it even better.”
Sponsors for the event included Incredible India and AG Barr.
The Glasgow Mela, was named the UK’s Best Mela in 2017 at the UK Bhangra Awards is Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival.
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.
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.