Belfast Mela

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Experience the wonder of Belfast’s diversity with a spectacular week long programme of world music, dance, food and art across the city.


Culture, colour and creativity come together across a magical series of events finishing with the fabulous festival finale at Botanic Gardens.


The Creators of Mela

Mela is produced by ArtsEkta, a multi-award winning cultural organisation that works to develop intercultural relationships at the heart of the community and transform communities through shared creative experiences.


The brainchild of Indian-native Nisha Tandon, ArtsEkta was founded in 2006 on the principles of inclusivity, creativity and openness in all aspects of society – Ekta means ‘uniting’ in the Indian language.


Bringing together communities of Belfast and beyond, we create projects that inspire audiences to engage with the diversity, tastes, rhythms and sights that make up the multicultural life of Northern Ireland.


Over the last decade we have grown dramatically in size and scope and are now recognised as one of the region’s leading arts charities and a pioneer in the development of intercultural arts for Northern Ireland.



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