Edinburgh Mela

Edinburgh Mela, a multi-cultural festival of music, dance and arts, returns in August to Leith Links.

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Edinburgh Mela
About Edinburgh Mela

Welcome to the Edinburgh Mela! For over twenty years we’ve been bringing outstanding world music and gorgeous international dance to Scotland’s capital city, in a joyous carnival of colour, rhythm, community celebration…and delicious food.

The Edinburgh Mela seeks to embrace all its diverse communities and cultures, providing a showcase and development opportunities for artists from within those groups, working alongside artists of national and international stature. Our aim is to provide a high quality festival of music, dance and the wider arts from around the world, with the express purpose of promoting understanding between people and advancing the cause of community coherence.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Edinburgh Mela are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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