‘World-class’ Mela draws bigger crowds as attendance hits 26,000

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Attendance at this year’s Mela was up by 4000 on last year, organisers have announced.

The multi-cultural festival saw 26,000 people visit its attractions on Leith Links on September 3 and 4.

Entertainment included BMX, breakdancing, Asian bhangra and a fashion show.

Festival director Steve Stenning said: “Leith Links really was the only place to be with its mixture of world-class performances, fantastic foods from around the world and an array of stalls selling clothes, music and art. Thankfully, the weather held out for us and the crowds kept flocking in.

“I am thankful to our site crew for all their hard work in helping deliver a great programme and also to the team off site who have helped put this year’s programme together. My extended thanks go to all our sponsors and supporters.”

A specially-commissioned pandal structure was unveiled at the weekend, and organisers are now hoping to find a home where the public could view it.