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General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Marc Mallett and Carolyn Stewart at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Marc Mallett and Carolyn Stewart at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister and Nisha Tandon from ArtsEkta at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister and Nisha Tandon from ArtsEkta at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister and Mukesh Sharma from ArtsEkta at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister and Mukesh Sharma from ArtsEkta at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Members of the Belfast Pug Club join the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Members of the Belfast Pug Club join the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Members of the Belfast Pug Club join the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Members of the Belfast Pug Club join the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

General view of the parade at the Belfast Mela in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. With a blaze of colour and music the usually sedate Victorian gardens were transformed into an eclectic global village showcasing arts, culture and cuisine drawn from a wealth of nations, creating Northern Ireland's largest ever celebration of cultural diversity. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The Belfast Mela has returned to the city's Botanic Gardens for its eleventh year celebrating diversity.

Thousands are expected to attend Sunday's event, which includes food, dance and music from around the world.

Some of the acts taking the the stage include: a-cappella group Rosinka, which is made up of 15 members from various Russian speaking countries based in Northern Ireland; County Antrim harpist Amy McAllister; and Ireland's first professional Indian drumming collective DHOL Belfast.

A new addition to this year's festival has been the 'Polska Village', which will showcase a line-up of Polish music, dance, food and traditional folk art.

Belfast Telegraph