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Feel the love at Edinburgh Mela 2015

27 August 2015

Edinburgh Mela comes to Leith Links this weekend, bringing with it a vibrant mix of music, food and worldwide culture. With early bird tickets starting at as little as £4 (if you book before noon on Friday), it is a great day out for all the family, with enough music, song and dance to keep you entertained all weekend! 

If you've never been to the Mela before, let us guide you around the main stages and the areas you shouldn't miss. From exciting kids activities, mouthwatering street food to infectious music and dance, there is something for everyone at this year's Edinburgh Mela... 

Music, entertainment and fashion

Edinburgh Mela Raxstar

The beating heart of it all, the main stage will host some of the biggest and best acts from around the world, compèred by Akif Ehsan and DJ Umar. Rising singer/songwriter star Jay Kadn will be tearing up the main stage, along with other top worldwide musicians such as Kiran Ahluwalia, Ayrad, Bonafide, Zack Knight and Raxstar (pictured). 

Head to the main stage on Sunday afternoon to catch a regular firm favourite with the Mela crowd - the Edinburgh Mela Fashion Show. This is the perfect fusion of entertainment and fashion, involving people from the community strutting their stuff on the catwalk, showing off some of the latest fashions by designers from Edinburgh and around the world.

Like what you see? Then head on over to the Mela Marketplace, where you'll be able to buy many of the fabulous threads on show. You can't go to the Mela without popping in and pinning down a bargain at the marketplace - here you can get yourself a gorgeous new tailored outfit, or if you would rather do it yourself, you can stock up on some gorgeous fabrics to make your very own creation at home. 

Feel the love

Edinburgh Mela Bollywood Love Story

Crowds are bound to gather around the main stage on Sunday evening, as the hotly anticipated Bollywood Love Story takes to the stage. The dance group, which consists of exceptional dancers from Edinburgh and Delhi, have been performing sneak previews of the show to adoring audiences at the Royal Military Tattoo, but they will be showcasing their full spellbinding routine at this weekend's Edinburgh Mela. 

If you too love to dance, then you're bound to be inspired by the exceptionally talented groups performing at this year's World Dance Feste stage. It's not often you find such a wide variety of dance styles sharing one stage - from traditional Chinese dance to flamenco, bhangra and bollywood, this stage is bound to widen your dancing horizons! 

Elsewhere in the Edinburgh Mela arena, the Awaz FM Mela Mix stage offers an intimate setting to get up close to and personal to some fantastic live acts. Presented in association with Awaz FM radio, expect to see some special guests and breathtaking live performances. See the full lineup for all stages across the whole weekend at the Edinburgh Mela website

For the little ones and foodies

Edinburgh Mela is renouned for being a family friendly festival , and this year's event is no exception. The dedicated Mela Kidzone will have a jam-packed schedule of activities to keep the little ones entertained, including dance workshops, arts and crafts and live performances. This year, the Kidzone is inspired by Hanuman and other monkey gods of Asia, so there will be plenty to keep your wee monkeys entertained! 

No doubt by this point you'll have worked up a bit of an appetite, and the glorious array of flavours emanating from the Global Food Village will be pretty tempting! Follow your nose here and fill your belly with some incredible street food originating from all over the world, including India, Japan and Italy, with the odd sweet treat for good measure! 

Beer lovers should also stop by the colourful Kingfisher truck (trust us - you won't miss it) to sample one of India's favourite beers. Perfect for enjoying in the late summer sunshine. 

Edinburgh Mela is a fantastic weekend for all the family, so if you fancy a bit of music and dance to liven up your weekend, pop down to Leith Links and see what it's all about.

Find out more about the Mela and other Edinburgh Festivals in our Festivals section >