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Belfast Mela expected to attract record crowds

From left, Kancy Guan, classical Chinese dancer, and Mexican dancers Mayte Segura and Denise Navarrete at the launch of the Belfast Mela
From left, Kancy Guan, classical Chinese dancer, and Mexican dancers Mayte Segura and Denise Navarrete at the launch of the Belfast Mela

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland's biggest celebration of cultural diversity, the Belfast Mela, has been launched by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, John Finucane.

Up to 30,000 people visit the Belfast Mela each August and this year's festival promises to be the biggest ever on Sunday, August 25 in Botanic Gardens, from noon to 6pm, hosted by U105's Carolyn Stewart and UTV's Paul Reilly and Julian Simmons.

The Belfast Mela celebrates Northern Ireland's increasing cultural diversity with music, dance, food and much more from around the world.

Speaking at yesterday's launch held in the Lyric Theatre, Councillor Finucane said: "The award winning Mela, launched by one of the city's leading cultural groups, ArtsEkta, is now the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island of Ireland."

Nisha Tandon OBE, the founder and Executive Director of Arts Ekta, explained: "The Mela represents Belfast as the vibrant, enriched, intercultural and ambitious city it is growing to become."

The Mela's opening procession will be led by the Belfast Lord Mayor.

Further information about the event can be found by visiting www.belfastmela.org.uk

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