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Belfast Mela festival to celebrate 13th birthday

U105's Carolyn Stewart and UTV's Julian Simmons with Mexican dancers Mayte Segura and Denise Navarrete, and Nisha Tandon, Executive Director of ArtsEkta Belfast Mela in Botanic
U105's Carolyn Stewart and UTV's Julian Simmons with Mexican dancers Mayte Segura and Denise Navarrete, and Nisha Tandon, Executive Director of ArtsEkta Belfast Mela in Botanic

By Staff Reporter

The Belfast Mela - billed as Northern Ireland's largest celebration of cultural diversity - will return to Botanic Gardens, Belfast, on August 25.

The Mela, which will run from noon until 6pm, has been organised by ArtsEkta, one of Belfast's leading arts and cultural organisations.

Around 30,000 people are expected to attend the celebrations, which highlight increasing cultural diversity here with music, dance, food and much more from around the world.

UTV's Paul Reilly and U105's Carolyn Stewart will host the Belfast Mela on stage, with UTV's Julian Simmons hosting Mela's cookery theatre, where local chefs and producers will give cookery demonstrations.

Nisha Tandon, from ArtsEkta, said: "This is the 13th year of the Belfast Mela and each year the festival continues to go from strength to strength."

Tickets are now on sale via: www.belfastmela.org.uk

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