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Watch: Crowds celebrate cultural diversity at Belfast Mela 2019

By Rebecca Black, PA

Thousands descended on a Belfast park for Northern Ireland's biggest annual celebration of cultural diversity.

The 13th 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".

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.

Meagan Green and friends at the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. Credit: Kelvin Boyes/PressEye
Meagan Green and friends at the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. Credit: Kelvin Boyes/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin as the the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13thÊannual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern IrelandÕs cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. David Sterling, Head of NICS as the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13thÊannual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern IrelandÕs cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Lord Mayor, Councillor John Finucane with Nisha Tandon as the the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13thÊannual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern IrelandÕs cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin with Mukesh Sharma as the the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13thÊannual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern IrelandÕs cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. David Sterling, Head of NICS as the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13thÊannual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern IrelandÕs cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Madam Zhang, Chinese Consulate with Nisha Tandon as the the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13thÊannual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern IrelandÕs cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th August 2019 - Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. The opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. The 13th annual Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience ever today at Botanic Gardens as more than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world. Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.

Nisha Tandon, executive director, ArtsEkta, said the festival "continues to go from strength to strength".

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