Belfast Telegraph

Magnificent Mela

Editor's Viewpoint

There must be few others places in the world apart from Northern Ireland where the word culture is so debased. Civic and community leaders talk endlessly about their culture, most often in a triumphalist manner.

Perhaps they should take a lesson from Belfast Mela. What began as a celebration of the culture of the Indian sub-continent, has continued to evolve to include elements of other Asiatic traditions.

This year for the first time it will run over two days, providing a spectacle of music, dance, fashion, food and fun. The crowds attending continue to grow, proving Gandhi's point that no culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.

Immigrants from Asia have enriched our economy. Now they are showing us how to enjoy ourselves. Go along this month and be entertained.

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