19/06/2024

Belfast Mela Announces 2024 Festival

Belfast Mela Festival is set to return with a nine-day programme of cultural celebrations across the city from Saturday 17 August.

Belfast Mela hosts U105's Carolyn Stewart and UTV's Paul Reilly joined Mela founder Dr. Nisha Tandon OBE with South African poet Nandi Jola, hip hop dancer Azeem Alahi and leader from the South Asian Dance Academy Lauren Martin, at Botanic Gardens, home of the magical Mela Day Finale to announce this year's event.

Dr Nisha Tandon, OBE, CEO of ArtsEkta organisers of the Belfast Mela says: “Belfast will once again be transformed into a feast of world music, dance, food and art to celebrate our city's growing cultural diversity.

“Last year's Belfast Mela was our biggest festival ever, attracting more than 60,000 people to family events over nine days and we look forward to building on that success this August and will announce our full programme in early August.”
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Tickets cost £10 adults, £8 concession (children aged between 5 – 15 and the over 60s) £20 family (2 adults and 2 children under 16) Children under 5 go free. Tickets must be booked in advance online.

The Belfast Mela is principally funded by Belfast City Council, The Executive Office and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The principal sponsor is Sensata Technologies and Media Partners are UTV and U105.

Friends of Belfast Mela include Allstate NI; BBC Northern Ireland; Belfast Harbour; Co-Ownership; Citi, Danske Bank; Department of Finance & NICS; Department of Justice; Equality Commission for Northern Ireland; FinTru, Grant Thornton; Hastings Hotels; HSBC, Labour Relations Agency, Phoenix Energy; NIHE; Pinsent Masons; PSNI; Queen's University Belfast; Translink; and Ulster University.

Follow ArtsEkta's social media for updates on this year's Belfast Mela Festival: www.facebook.com/artsekta1 and Instagram and Twitter @ArtsEkta using #belfastmela

Tickets for the event are now live at www.belfastmela.org.uk

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