Press Eye – Belfast – Northern Ireland – Thursday 9th August 2012 – Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens.
For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk
Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts.
Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year.
Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said;
“The Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summer’s cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique.
New to this year’s event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ‘Bombay Dreams!’ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.
Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community showcase area, enjoy street arts shows and even participate in traditional South Asian sports at the Health and Sports zone. Returning once again is the increasingly popular ‘Culture Land’, which is an interactive arts learning experience for young people where they are taken on a literal journey around the world.