In pictures: Thousands flock to ‘absolutely fantastic’ Edinburgh Mela

D & F Bros at the Grand Indian Circus. Picture: Ian Georgeson.
D & F Bros at the Grand Indian Circus. Picture: Ian Georgeson.
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THOUSANDS of people enjoyed a colourful weekend at the Edinburgh Mela as the Capital celebrated its richly diverse make-up in style.

The three-day programme began with city band Shooglenifty taking to the stage with Asian musicians Dhun Dora to launch their collaborative album Written in Water.

Two giant characters join in the Lion Dance. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Two giant characters join in the Lion Dance. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

The weekend also saw lion and dragon dances, a fashion show and more music from the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, a host of other Scottish and Asian performers, singers from Jamaica and the Bhangra Beatles, who played a mix of’ classics from the Fab Four set to the soundtrack of Punjabi folk music.

Bollywood entertainer Faraz Khan made an appearance on stage and there were also Indian dancers, puppeteers, aerialists, acrobats, musicians and rope walkers.

The crowds who flocked to Leith Links to take part in the annual celebration were also able to try food from around the globe -and the youngsters were not forgotten, with organised fun for children at the Mela Kidzone.

Foysol Choudhury, one of the Mela’s directors, said there had been 10,000 people through the gates on Saturday and even more yesterday.

Kashif Ali and Idrees Azhar, two. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Kashif Ali and Idrees Azhar, two. Picture: Ian Georgeson

“It has been absolutely fantastic,” he said. “The weather has been great and people say it has been much better and stronger than last year. We’ve managed to put on an excellent event which everyone has loved. We are grateful to Creative Scotland and the city council and everyone who supported us.”

I S Khan of the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band. Picture: Ian Georgeson

I S Khan of the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Dishing up some food at the Edinburgh Mela. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Dishing up some food at the Edinburgh Mela. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Mark Liddle and Cathy Liddle. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Mark Liddle and Cathy Liddle. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Edinburgh Chinese Arts Association perform a dance. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Edinburgh Chinese Arts Association perform a dance. Picture: Ian Georgeson.