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Belfast Mela returning with huge celebration of cultural diversity

The Belfast Mela will return to the city this summer in a huge celebration of cultural diversity.

The annual event will be held at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday, August 26 from 12noon until 6pm.

As well as celebrating Northern Ireland’s increasing cultural diversity, families are invited to enjoy a packed programme of music, dance, food and much more from around the world.

Nisha Tandon, Executive Director, ArtsEkta said: “This is the 12th year of the Belfast Mela and each year the festival continues to go from strength to strength.

"This year we wanted to highlight the hugely important part families play at Mela so as well our popular baby rave Bollywood style there is also a new magical journey around the world in Culture Land, mesmerising theatre shows in the Tropical Ravine and much more specially for families to enjoy a wonderful world of diversity in Botanic.”

The Belfast Mela Festival will transform Botanic Gardens into an exotic magical garden with up to 30,000 expected to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas from a wealth of nations.

A special addition to this year’s programme will see Botanic go to Bollywood in a spectacular finale show featuring over 100 local performers.

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