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Belfast's Mela serves up feast of food and music from around world

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Published 29/08/2016

General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Junior Ministers Alistair Ross and Megan Fearon join Nisha Tandon, Director ArtsEkta at the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Junior Ministers Alistair Ross and Megan Fearon join Nisha Tandon, Director ArtsEkta at the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Junior Ministers Alistair Ross and Megan Fearon join Nisha Tandon, Director ArtsEkta at the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 Junior Ministers Alistair Ross and Megan Fearon join Nisha Tandon, Director ArtsEkta at the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 Junior Minister Alistair Ross and Lord Mayor Brian Kingston at the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Junior Minister Megan Fearon join Nisha Tandon, Director ArtsEkta at the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the parade at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Junior Ministers Alastair Ross and Megan Fearon,with Nisha Tandon,Director ArtsEkta's, today Sunday 28th August 2016,as they joined the thousands of people celebrating our multicultural society at this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. The Mela is organised by ArtsEkta and this year marks its 10th anniversary. The annual celebration brings together food, dance, music and arts from across the world.
FREE TO USE HANDOUT Junior Ministers Alastair Ross and Megan Fearon,with Nisha Tandon,Director ArtsEkta's, today Sunday 28th August 2016,as they joined the thousands of people celebrating our multicultural society at this year¹s Mela in Botanic Gardens. The Mela is organised by ArtsEkta and this year marks its 10th anniversary. The annual celebration brings together food, dance, music and arts from across the world.
Junior Ministers Alastair Ross and Megan Fearon,receive garlons from Mukesh Sharma (left) and Nisha Tandon,Director ArtsEkta's, today Sunday 28th August 2016,as they joined the thousands of people celebrating our multicultural society at this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. The Mela is organised by ArtsEkta and this year marks its 10th anniversary. The annual celebration brings together food, dance, music and arts from across the world.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 Zulu Tradition perform at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 General view of the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 Zulu Tradition perform at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th August 2016 Zulu Tradition perform at the tenth Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern IrelandÕs largest ever celebration of diversity.ÊÊ Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Belfast's Mela celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday with a feast of colour, cuisine and music.

The Indian festival featured a musical carnival festooned with flowers as it paraded through the city's Botanic Gardens.

Over the bank holiday weekend around 30,000 visitors were treated to the sights, sounds and smells of the world.

"Northern Ireland has truly taken Mela to its heart and in our 10-year history around a quarter-of-a-million people have enjoyed the unique Belfast Mela experience," said Nisha Tandon of organisers ArtsEkta.

On the big stage acts such as hit Indian singer-songwriter Raghu Dixit and the South Asian Dance Academy were joined by local folk band Connla. Children enjoyed a host of different dances, whether inspired by Bollywood's dazzling experience, Chinese lions or African drums.

A film and photo exhibition - Voices of Mela - capturing 10 years of festival moments was on display at the Ulster Museum featuring the stories of Northern Ireland's ethnic communities.

Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity
Families and revellers enjoy the 10th Belfast Mela yesterday as the city’s Botanic Gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland’s largest ever celebration of diversity

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