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Mela brings explosion of colour to Belfast's Botanic Gardens

The colourful Mela festival burst into life in Belfast over the weekend, writes Maria Marsella

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland Ê- 25th August 2013

General view of the thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens.

Organised by ArtsEkta, the Mela celebrates culture and creativity and is a show case of food, music, dance and arts from across the globe.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland Ê- 25th August 2013 Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Mirtn î Muilleoir and joined the thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Mela celebrates culture and creativity and is a show case of food, music, dance and arts from across the globe. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland Ê- 25th August 2013 Pamela Ballantine, Director of ArtsEkta joined the thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Mela celebrates culture and creativity and is a show case of food, music, dance and arts from across the globe. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland Ê- 25th August 2013 Lord Mayor of Belfast is Councillor Mirtn î Muilleoir and Caitlin McCullough from Bangor joined the thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Mela celebrates culture and creativity and is a show case of food, music, dance and arts from across the globe. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band
Pacemaker Press Belfast 25-08-2013: Belfast Mela, 2013 the largest festival of ethnic arts, culture and heritage in Ireland, transformed Botanic Gardens in the heart of Belfast into an exotic wonderland of world music, dance, fashion, food and celebration. Pictured with Billy Boyd from NIFRS, Jolene and Holly Burns from Belfast visit the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service stall during the Festival. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 25-08-2013: Belfast Mela, 2013 the largest festival of ethnic arts, culture and heritage in Ireland, transformed Botanic Gardens in the heart of Belfast into an exotic wonderland of world music, dance, fashion, food and celebration. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 25-08-2013: Belfast Mela, 2013 the largest festival of ethnic arts, culture and heritage in Ireland, transformed Botanic Gardens in the heart of Belfast into an exotic wonderland of world music, dance, fashion, food and celebration. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Revealing the programme for this year's magical Belfast Mela which will be held in the Botanic Gardens on 25th August is chinese dancer Wei Hong Tu and dancers from the ArtsEkta South Asian Dance Academy
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
Thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Press Eye - Belfast
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Natasha Fleming, 9 month old Noah Jai Kadoor and Akhil Kadoor from Bangor. MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Children of the Lithuanian community from Dungannon who took park in the Mela precession. MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgard
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk
Press Eye Ltd Wednesday 14 August 2013 Press Release Image FLYING COLOURS FROM ETIHAD FOR MELA FESTIVAL Flown in direct from India by Etihad Airways are some of the fabulous fabrics, fantasy props and artefacts which will add magic to this year's 2013 Belfast Mela celebrations at Botanic Gardens on Sunday 25th August. Once again Botanic Gardens will be transformed into an exotic, wonderland of world music, dance, fashion, food and celebration. Visitors will also be able to purchase some of the exotic materials and gifts when they visit the Ethnic Bazaar. Preparing to be captivated by colour at Northern Ireland's largest festival of ethnic arts, culture and heritage are (left to right) Garima Singhal, Lisa Hammond, Etihad Airways one of the main sponsors of the Mela Festival, Dona Das Gupta and Daliya Khadir. Tickets on the day cost £5 for Adults, £12 for Family or £3 for Concessions - visit belfastmela.org.uk for full programme details and advance booking discounts. Photographer Darren Kidd / Press Eye
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Kae (6) from Belfast MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Children of the Lithuanian community from Dungannon who took park in the Mela precession. Pictured are Emilija Kunksteinaite and Jogaile Ramanauskaite MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 25th August 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com MELA HAS VISITORS TO BOTANIC GARDENS SPELLBOUND Cast of Jaipur Kawa Once again the Belfast Mela Festival cast its spell over Botanic Gardens at the weekend with tens of thousands of visitors experiencing the exotic sights, smells and sounds from around the world. The weekend of festivities opened up on Saturday evening with a sell out event ÔSpellboundÕ, a spectacular show which featured authentic shadow play with actors and traditional puppetsÉ dance and pyrotechnics plus a myriad of special effects. The traditional Mela Festival on Sunday was launched with an amazing procession which weaved is way through Botanic Gardens to the World Stage. The parade included specially commissioned carnival creations, lively dhol drumming, Bollywood Dancers, community groups plus a 16ft Chinese Dragon and some larger than life Rajasthani puppets. Once again the mega Mela Festival filled Botanic Gardens with an array of dazzling high octane line up of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre, circus and carnival from around the globe. Mukesh Sharma, Chairman of ArtsEkta, said: ÒThe introduction of an extra event ÔSpellboundÕ which was produced by creative outdoor specialists ÔWalk the PlankÕ was a fittingly creative and exotic curtain raiser for this yearÕs Belfast Mela which is Northern IrelandÕs largest multi-cultural festival. ÒOnce again thousands of visitors flocked to Botanic Gardens to experience one of IrelandÕs largest multi cultural events which offered a fun filled and fantastic celebration of ethnic culture and creativity for all the family.Ó Ends Issued on behalf of ArtsEkta, Belfast Mela Festival By Future Image For further information contact Sally Gardiner on 07768428820 or Email: HYPERLINK "mailto:sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk" sgardiner@futureiamge.co.uk
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland Ê- 25th August 2013 General view of the thousands of people celebrating this year's Mela in Botanic Gardens. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Mela celebrates culture and creativity and is a show case of food, music, dance and arts from across the globe. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The Botanic Gardens in Belfast hosted to the Mela; an celebration of arts, culture and heritage from around the world. The gardens were packed with thousands of people relaxing on the grass enjoying the food, ice cream, jewellery and other exotic items, as well as live entertainment from Irish dancers to a Balkan group who played at Glastonbury.

Michael Boyd from Belfast, who works in community relations, said: "It shows a really positive side to Belfast."

Stallholder Paul Taggart added: "It's nice to see so many people from all over the world in one place."

Some people, like Emma Cairns from Belfast, got henna tattoos done. "I love the multi-cultural aspect; you get to see a lot of cultures that you wouldn't see every day," she said.

Junior minister Jennifer McCann said: "Mela is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through collaboration and mutual respect."

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