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Edinburgh Mela 2022 dates TBC.
About Edinburgh Mela
At the end of August Edinburgh’s city centre streets begin to calm, but don’t think that the crowds have left the Scottish capital – instead they’ve all gone down to Leith Links! There, the Edinburgh Mela presents a smorgasbord of music, dance, fashion and food - the perfect ending to the summer festival season.
This exciting 2-day 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. A celebration of diverse communities and cultures, it is dedicated to building understanding between people in the most enjoyable way possible – through the mediums of art, performance and food.
History of 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.
A Sanskrit word, Mela means ‘gathering' or 'meeting', this wonderfully inclusive festival welcomes everyone from all ages, backgrounds and communities.
However, the Edinburgh Mela is much more than just what happens over that one weekend. 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.
Music, Entertainment & Fashion
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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. The main stage hosts some of the biggest and best acts from around the world.
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 fabulous fabrics to make your very own creation at home.
For Families & Foodies.
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. Previous years have seen over 30 food stalls take part, each serving up delicious and satisfying bites to eat.
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 renowned for being a family friendly festival. The dedicated Mela Kidzone has a jam-packed schedule of activities to keep the little ones entertained, including dance workshops, arts and crafts and live performances.
Come along to this vibrant international celebration and discover the true cultural diversity of our city.
Edinburgh has a jam-packed festival schedule all year around. Whether you love the arts, are mad about science, or relish the thought of getting lost in a good book, there’s a festival for you. Take a look at our guide to Edinburgh’s Festivals >