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Crowds bask in sunshine at biggest ever Belfast Mela

The glorious sunshine helped attracted Belfast Mela’s biggest ever audience on Sunday.

More than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity in Botanic Gardens with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world.

More than 30,000 people celebrated Northern Ireland’s cultural diversity with a festival of music, dance, food, arts and much more from around the world.

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Organised by ArtsEkta, the Belfast Mela is the biggest celebration of cultural diversity on the island.

Nisha Tandon, OBE, Founder and Executive Director of Arts Ekta said: “This year we put on our most ambitious line-up of acts from around the world and we are so proud that Mela has grown to become one of the city’s signature cultural events promoting Belfast as an open, inclusive and welcoming place to live and do business.

“Many communities have made Belfast their home and it has never been more important that we embrace the individuality and cultural heritage of each citizen and find strength in our diversity.

“Working with hundreds of artists, locally and internationally we presented a bold, vibrant and colourful cultural celebration once again this year and it is just wonderful that the sun shone and we attracted our biggest audience ever to celebrate with us this year.”

The 13th Belfast Mela attracted its biggest audience yet. Credit: Presseye
Belfast Mela organisers Nisha Tandon and Mukesh Sharma and Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane. Credit: Presseye
Madam Zhang, Chinese Consulate with Nisha Tandon as the the opening procession takes place at the Belfast Mela. Credit: Presseye
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