City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Mela

By edg - Posted on 05 July 2017

Scene from Bollywood Love Story
Event details
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Leith Links

Edinburgh Mela 2019 dates and times to be confirmed.

As the names suggests, the annual "Mela" is a "festival" or "fair" with a South Asian flavour, but incorporating Scottish and international performances and artists for a multi-cultural flavoured mix. It was founded in 1995.

In the space of an hour, you'll quite possibly watch African drumming, flamenco dancing, bhangra, and an emergency services demonstration, while chowing on hot samosas and sipping a chai tea. And where else would you catch Rabbie Burns in Urdu?

Programme details are still to be confirmed, but the Mela typically includes music on two stages, a kidzone, a dance fest, a market, and "global food village". There is also a Mela fashion show.

The Mela returned to Leith Links in 2012, moving also to the end of the Edinburgh Festivals schedule over the first weekend in September.


Entry fee is £4 (TBC) for adults; under twelves get in free.