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Wednesday 17 September 2014

In Pictures: Belfast Mela 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.
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.
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.
©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 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

 

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