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Belfast Mela

Botanic Gardens, Belfast, County Antrim, BT7 1LP
Belfast Mela


A week long celebration of culture, colour and creativity as it comes together across a magical series of events finishing with the fabulous festival finale at Botanic Gardens.

Belfast Mela is the city’s annual celebration of global cultures when tens of thousands of visitors come together to celebrate our people and diversity.

The festival begins with the Carnival Parade on 20th August - the first ever Mela parade weaving its way through the heart of the city centre in a fabulous fusion of colour, music and dance. A week long programme of cultural events across the city follows as part of Mela + from 21st - 27th August. For full details of events taking place, please visit

Finally, Mela Day takes place on 28th August. The Mela transforms the park into a magical global garden filled with the sights, sounds and aromas of nations right around the world. Music, dance, arts and culture come together to create a heady, good humoured atmosphere which invites the world into the heart of our city.

We’ve assembled a wonderful line up of music and dance from around the world, all presented by local artists living in Northern Ireland. Bust a Bollywood move with our South Asian Dance Academy, come alive with soul funk or get into the groove with Zimbabwean beats. Tickle your taste buds on a food journey across the globe and get hands on with our at home cook alongs, tea talk and taste workshops and a showcase of Belfast’s best chefs and producers. From east to west, there is a little something for everyone resulting in a cultural culinary experience using the finest Northern Ireland produce.

Experience a line up of crafts, sounds, dance, stories and art, giving kids a true cultural experience they will never forget as part of Culture Land, a magical children's arts experience where young ones and their parents are invited on a journey through the world to make discoveries and learn new things. Get your passport and suitcase at the ready and embark on a journey across the globe to explore cultures and traditions.

All of this, plus much much more. Please join us and experience the wonders of the world in our diverse and promising city.

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