[Image provided by Edinburgh Mela]
Leith plays host to two major cultural festivals during the year, one in the summer months and one in the autumn.
For a week in June, Leith comes alive with arts, music, theatre and history from local people - professionals and amateurs alike. The Leith Festival began in 1907 as a means to raise money for the Leith Hospital. It started out as a pageant and gala day with a parade and stall holders. You can see one of the early pageants depicted on the Leith History Mural.
In modern times, you can still watch the pageant and visit the gala on Leith Links. Then, throughout the week, catch shows and events at venues around the neighbourhood. The festival wraps up with the Leith Festival Tattoo down at the Shore on the final weekend.
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.