Edinburgh Mela Launch


A colourful celebration of the world’s different cultures returns to the capital, bursting at the seams with a jam packed three day programme.

The Edinburgh Mela Festival, Scotland’s foremost celebration of cultural diversity through arts and culture, returns to Leith Links with an exciting programme including BMX-infused dance and world class musical performances, as well as the firm favourites of the fashion show and children events.

Taking place Friday 2 September to Sunday 4 September, and now in its 16th year, the Mela will be themed around Asian urban arts under the artistic guidance of new director Steve Stenning.

Funded and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland, the Mela will also see the unveiling of a specially-commissioned Pandal (see notes to editors), supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, featuring South Asian and Scottish cultural symbols designed and created by Bengali and Scottish artists.