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Bollywood flashmob  in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela

Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela

Bollywood flashmob  in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela

Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela

09.08.10. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDA Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela yesterday which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in Belfasts Botanic Gardens.Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Milna Jaison and Kousalyaa Somasundrum dancing

09.08.10. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDA Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela yesterday which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in Belfasts Botanic Gardens.Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Milna Jaison and Kousalyaa Somasundrum dancing

09.08.10. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDA Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela yesterday which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in Belfasts Botanic Gardens.Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Kousalyaa Somasundrum dancing

09.08.10. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDA Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela yesterday which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in Belfasts Botanic Gardens.Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Kousalyaa Somasundrum dancing

09.08.10. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDA Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela yesterday which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in Belfasts Botanic Gardens.Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Kousalyaa Somasundrum dancing

09.08.10. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDA Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela yesterday which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in Belfasts Botanic Gardens.Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Kousalyaa Somasundrum dancing

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August  2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.Kousalyaa Somasundram, part of a Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.   Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local art

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.Kousalyaa Somasundram, part of a Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London. Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local art

Kelvin Boyes Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August  2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.   Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London. Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Kelvin Boyes Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August  2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.   Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London. Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Kelvin Boyes Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August  2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.   Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London. Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Kelvin Boyes Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August  2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.   Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London. Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Kelvin Boyes Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August  2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.   Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London. Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Kelvin Boyes Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August  2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.   Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London. Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Kelvin Boyes Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August  2012 -  Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London.   Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Thursday 9th August 2012 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.A Bollywood flashmob in the Corn Market area of City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela which will be taking place Sunday August 26, from 12noon-6pm, in BelfastÕs Botanic Gardens.For more information visit www.belfastmela.org.uk Serving up a multi-cultural feast of music, dance, food, fashion, street theatre and carnival the one-day, flagship arts event features seven zones including a world food market, a global souk, a health and sports zone and four stages showcasing over 20 top class international and home grown acts from the world of music, dance and visual arts. Headlining the world stage are iconic British Bhangra band DCS supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band. While festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelyamake a welcome return this year. Attracting upwards of 20,000 visitors a year, the festival is the largest of its kind on the island of Ireland. Speaking at the launch, Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Irelands award winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Belfast Mela said; ÒThe Belfast Mela is one of the highlights of the summerÕs cultural calendar giving people from all communities and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it is that makes us all unique. New to this yearÕs event is The Maharaja Tent, which will feature renowned British Asian musician and composer Kuljit Bharma, who worked with Andrew Llyod Webber on the hit musical ÔBombay Dreams!Õ There will also be new dance showcase commissioned by ArtsEkta and created by the Foundation of Indian Performing Arts in London. Visitors can sample Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine at the world food market, discover local artistic talent at the community s

Kelvin Boyes Press Eye

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Bollywood flashmob in the City Centre marked the official launch of the 6th annual Belfast Mela

Belfast and Bollywood. They are not words you would usually see side by side. But the city has now hosted its first Bollywood flashmob. Crowds lined Cornmarket yesterday morning to see the spectacle, which launched this year’s Belfast Mela festival.

For seven minutes, 50 professional and amateur dancers swayed, shimmied, dipped and whirled to popular Bollywood songs, as well as some tracks which would be more at home in a 1990s rave.

The performance was choreographed by Milna Jaison (21) and Kousalyaa Somasundram (24).

Over the past month the professional choreographers have been training 40 volunteers in the basics of Bollywood dancing.

“It’s been a great experience, we have met lots of different people and it’s exciting to be performing,” Kousalyaa said.

The fluid, colourful routines were a departure for the Highland dancers of Belfast’s Bright Lights dance troupe.

“It’s very different from Highland dancing. Bollywood is more about movement and the body. It’s a younger style of dancing,” said Faye Adamson (14) from the troupe.

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Nisha Tandon (54), who founded South Asian Dance Academy in 2006 and directed yesterday’s flashmob, said: “This is the first Bollywood flashmob in Belfast. It’s fantastic.”

Amy Dean (14) was one of the volunteers who took part in the event after just one week of training. She said: “It (Bollywood dancing) was easier than it looks.

“I was asked to take part last week. It was great fun.”

On Sunday, August 26, Botanic Gardens will host the sixth Belfast Mela, which has become Northern Ireland’s largest multicultural arts festival.

Every year more than 20,000 visitors flock to the colourful event.


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