The Belfast Mela will return next month to turn Botanic Gardens into a colourful and vibrant celebration of world culture.

With over 20,000 people expected to attend this year the festival will run a full day’s programme of music, dance, carnival, fashion, food, street theatre and artistry from all corners of the world.

Organised by ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland’s largest ethnic arts organisation, the event will see community groups from across Northern Ireland join with some of the country’s most innovative and impressive musicians and performance artists to create a multi-cultural day of magic.

5 Facts About The Belfast Mela:

1. Celebrate
The Belfast Mela is Northern Ireland’s biggest festival of world cultures.

2. Early Bird
If you book early not only will you receive a discount and queue hopping privileges but could also be in with a chance of winning an overnight stay at Belfast’s 5* Merchant Hotel.

3. Origins
The word Mela is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘to meet’.

4. Crowds
There are set to be over 20,000 people in attendance this year. In the eight years it has been running the event has already attracted over a quarter of a million people.

5. Expansion
Although a “Mela” is usually a festival with a strong south-Asian focus, the Belfast one is unique in that it runs has a multi-cultural focus promoting a large number of cultures through the arts.

Pic by William Cherry Press Eye

Marc Mallett from UTV and Carolyn Stewart from U105 with Wilson Magwere one of the headline acts and Mexican dancer Maytee Segura | Pic by William Cherry Press Eye

Tickets for the Belfast Mela on Sunday August 30 are available from

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