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Pam's People: Spice up your life at Belfast Mela festival

By Pamela Ballantine

I can't believe it has been eight years since the inception of the Belfast Mela and it has been a pleasure to watch it grow from 5,000 visitors in the first year to over 25,000 last year and this year promises to be even better.

It was launched on board SS Nomadic with the sounds of African drums and voices mingling with Irish pipes and craic summing up the multi-cultural aspect of what Mela is about. You can experience it for yourself on August 24 in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Full details are available at www.belfastmela.com.

There was a similar theme in The Mac where the arts venue hosted a Bollywood themed night in aid of Marie Curie, NICFC and ArtsEkta. With Bolly cocktails, Indian street food, classical dancers and Dhol drummers, the 300 guests really got in to the swing of things dressed in Indian finery, raising over £8,000 for the charities.

One of Northern Ireland's best known hairdressing groups, Peter Mark, has introduced its Masters of Hair specialists. Guests were invited to an exclusive event showcasing the talent and expertise of the stylists in the flagship Belfast salon in Arthur Street. Long gone are the days of a perm and a back comb – thank goodness.

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