Celebration of cultural diversity draws crowds in Belfast
Lord Mayor John Finucane helped kick off the Belfast Mela festivities at the Botanic Gardens.
Thousands descended on a Belfast park for Northern Ireland’s biggest annual celebration of cultural diversity.
The thirteenth Belfast Mela opened at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday with a colourful parade of dancers, music, a Chinese dragon and a giant replica elephant.
Lord Mayor John Finucane helped officially open the event, which he praised as a “fantastic celebration of our cultural and artistic diversity”.
Every year #BelfastMela brings out the very best in this city.— John Finucane (@johnfinucane) August 25, 2019
In beautiful sunshine it’s a fantastic celebration of our cultural & artistic diversity, with tens of thousands of people here loving every minute!
A huge well done to all of the organisers & supporters. pic.twitter.com/MAP7JDLFQn
One of the highlights of the event, organised by ArtsEkta, was the parade led by the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, however the entertainment also included a programme of performances on the main stage as well as food, crafts and art.
Nisha Tandon, executive director, ArtsEkta, said the festival “continues to go from strength to strength”.