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Welcome to Belfast Mela

Thousands flock to Ireland's largest festival of world cultures.

The Belfast Mela (meaning 'to meet'), bathed in sunshine, as tens of thousands of people packed into Botanic Gardens to enjoy a show stopping line up featuring music, dance, food, fashion,street theatre, circus and carnival from across the globe.

A massive big thank you to all that came down and to the entire team that worked in making this the biggest and best Mela to date. 

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It was a fab day with great atmosphere. So good to see such a large crowd all enjoying the sunshine and music. You rock it ArtsEkta!! That was my first experience of the Belfast Mela and I just would like to say how much I enjoyed it. The vibrancy, the music, the costumes, the atmosphere ...Woh! Well Done The whole organisation of the festival was superb. Can't wait 'till next year Let's hope it won’t be too long before Mela returns. Good for tourism. Good for Belfast people. An education for some in tolerance Excellent , thanks ArtsEkta for organising this colourful, fun filled thoroughly enjoyable experience

 

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