Glasgow’s Multicultural Festival Returns For 26th Year

melaWe are now officially in July (I know, scary stuff!) and the countdown to The Glasgow Mela has begun. The multicultural fest kicks off mid July, and promises to be a colourful extravaganza!

The Glasgow Mela 2016 will feature some of the biggest names ever to appear in the city as part of the celebration of the city’s many cultures. Global acts will be joined by local talent across three stages and the whole of Kelvingrove Park to perform in front of tens of thousands of people on Sunday July 17.

Among the headline acts this year are Lehmber Hussainpuri whose classic song Das Jaa was named the third greatest UK Bhangra of all time by a panel of experts selected by the BBC Asian Network in 2014.

He will be joined on the bill by Asad Abbas who was the first ever winner of the Pakistan Sangeet Icon (Pop Idol) competition, Circus Raj, a cast of dancers, illusionists, aerialists, acrobats and rope walkers, Jarrdu and his magic carpet and a welcome return to the Glasgow Mela for the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.

Councillor Soryia Siddique, Chair of the Glasgow Mela steering group said: “The Glasgow Mela is a celebration of our city’s rich diversity and all of its communities. We have been working hard since last year’s Mela to put together an outstanding line up worthy of an event that has grown to become an integral part of our cultural calendar. We are looking forward to an incredible event and to welcoming global artists to Glasgow to join local talent in entertaining the crowds.”

Glasgow’s first Mela was in 1990 as part of the European City of Culture and was an indoor celebration at the then newly opened Tramway. It has also been held in Queens Park and in more recent years at Kelvingrove Park. It has grown to a massive outdoor event which attracts tens of thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists and performers from all over the world.

Coming from the Sanskrit word “to meet”, the Mela reflects the many cultures of Glasgow and has become an eagerly anticipated fixture on the cultural calendar of the city. Performances will be on throughout the day and visitors will also be able to enjoy dozens of stalls selling a huge and diverse range of food.

For full information about the programme click here.

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