The 15th Belfast Mela took place this week with more than 40 events across the city including the fabulous Mela procession led by The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Kate Nicholl on Saturday afternoon at Royal Ave.
Thousands turned out throughout the week to enjoy world music, dance, food, theatre, art and wellbeing live events as well as this weekend’s wonderful Mini Mela hosted by U105’s Carolyn Stewart and UTV’s Paul Reilly at Writer’s Square.
Nisha Tandon, OBE, Founder of Belfast Mela and Director of ArtsEkta which runs the Belfast Mela said: “We have had an amazing week celebrating cultural diversity as thousands of people turned out at activities across Belfast to celebrate the vibrant, intercultural and ambitious city Belfast is growing to become. I would like to pay tribute to all the artists who were involved in bringing this year’s bold vibrant and colourful Mela to life in such a safe and responsible way. We look forward to a spectacular return of Mela at Botanic Gardens in 2022, but given the success of this year’s additional events we plan to make Belfast Mela a week-long festival now going forward.”
The Belfast Mela is principally funded by Belfast City Council with support from Arts Council for NI; Tourism NI, Community Relations Council; National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, Public Health Agency and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. The title sponsor is Sensata Technologies and Media Partners are UTV and U105.