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Edinburgh Mela

Celebrate the diverse communities and cultures in Edinburgh at the biggest and brightest world music festival in Scotland.

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For two days in September, Leith Links becomes a hive of colour, music and dance as Edinburgh Mela comes to town. This exciting festival aims to showcase a colourful range of music, art and dance from around the world, making it one of the most breathtaking events on Edinburgh's annual calendar. 

About Edinburgh Mela

Edinburgh Mela has been around in some shape or form since 1995. Initially held in Meadowbank Stadium, it has grown so much in popularity that it is now held at a much larger home at Leith Links. Nowadays, the festival attracts over 20,000 revellers over the course of the spectacular weekend to take in its vibrant programme of art and music.

However, the Edinburgh Mela is much more than just what happens over that one weekend in August. Their engagement programme works with young people all year round to inspire and empower budding artists, ensuring that there will be no shortage of Mela performers for years to come. 

Edinburgh Mela Highlights

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Arguably the main draw of the festival is its variety of music and dance performances. There are three stages at the event, each one boasting a line up of prominent international artists and local talent.

People also go to Mela for the food. Just follow your nose to the Global Food Village and you'll find a mouthwatering array of flavours from across Asia and the Middle East. Fill your belly with some of the tastiest food Edinburgh has to offer - previous years have seen over 30 food stalls take part, each serving up delicious and satisfying bites to eat. 

Little ones will also have a blast at Mela, with a dedicated Kidzone guaranteed to keep the junior festival goers happy. Get involved with performances, craft workshops and activities including trampolines and bouncy castles. 

Edinburgh Mela is a wonderfully inclusive festival that welcomes everyone from all ages, backgrounds and communities. Come along to this vibrant international celebration and discover the true cultural diversity of our city.

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