Edinburgh Mela 2015 Full Programme Announced

Our packed Edinburgh Mela 2015 programme is live! Join us for the party of the year on Leith Links on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 August – catch massive acts like Sukshinder Shinda, Raxstar and Kiran Ahluwalia on the Main Stage, plus stunning dance from across the globe at the World Dance Feste, interactive entertainment for kids (little and big!) at the Mela Kidzone, beautiful, bargain fabrics and fashions in the Mela Marketplace and irresistible food and drink in the Global Food Village. 

Check out the full programme for Saturday and Sunday and don’t forget to book your £4 Early Bird tickets by Friday 28 August- click here to find out more

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Radha Krishnan – Classical Bharatanatyam Dance

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STYLE: Classical Bharatanatyam Dance

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste

Time: 13.00-13.20 (Saturday) / 12..55-13.15 (Sunday)

In this spectacular show Bharatanatyam, one of the most ancient, technically impressive and classical dances hailing from India, will be presented by eminent artist Dr.Radha Krishnan from Kalakshetra, accompanied by her daughter Arabhi Krishnan.

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Wielkopolska

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STYLE: Polish folk

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: Awaz FM Mela Mix Stage

 Time: 12.55-13.20 (Saturday) / 12.15-12.40 (Sunday)

Unique sounds of the Wielkopolska!  This year’s Wielkopolska band are ‘Kapela Dudziarska Kozlary ze Steszewa‘ and all hail from Greater Poland and practice the rare skill of playing traditional instruments by ear. Mixing folk melodies and centuries-old dialect songs they produce a beautiful, unique style of vocals and instrumentals.

The Edinburgh Mela are pleased to welcome members of the band;  Romuald Jedraszak, Piotr Gorecki, Pawel Zawadzki, Jakub Kontek, Lukasz Kontek and Karolina Kontek, from Poland for these special performances on Saturday and Sunday at the Mela! 

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Mela Fashion Show

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STYLE: Fashion show

Date: Sunday

Location: Main Stage

Time: 14.40-15.45

Always one of the highlights of the Edinburgh Mela, don’t miss our fabulous local models strutting their stuff on the Mela catwalk. This is your chance to see the hottest trends in dazzling fashions for women and kids.

Female Models Wanted!

Ladies Auditions for the 2015 Mela Fashion Show are taking place on Saturday 15th August. For more info click here – and remember to bring those heels! 

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The 2015 Mela Fashion Show is supported by Event Master International and Arts & Business Scotland.

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Ayrad

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STYLE: Arab-Andalusian Fusion

Date: Saturday & Sunday

Location: Main Stage Saturday, Mix Stage Sunday

Time: 16.10-17.10 (Sat Main Stage) / 14.35-15.20 (Sun Awaz FM Mela Mix Stage)

The collective is distinguished by its inspiring melodies that create poetry in motion. In addition to their own compositions, the group breathes new life into pieces drawn from the Maghrebian, Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan-Jewish repertoires. Nominated JUNO award-Winners of the 2012-1013 PRIX DE LA DIVERSITÉ, Ayrad have performed at the Festival Orientalys, the Week-end des rythmes du monde, the Festival des traditions du monde , and the Rendez-vous de la chanson Québecor.

We are delighted to welcome the group all the way from Canada to perform especially for the crowds at the Edinburgh Mela.

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Goddess by Alan Greig Dance Theatre

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STYLE: Contemporary dance

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste

 Time: 18.15-18.45 (Saturday) / 17.50-18.20 (Sunday)

A signature Mela dance commission for 2015, Goddess is a brand new dance theatre piece celebrating the Goddesses of world culture, religion and myths. Mystical and otherworldly, this stunning show offers a shifting choreographic collage of images, emotions, athletic dance and text.

Choreographed by Alan Greig of Alan Greig Dance Theatre and featuring a cast of four powerful female performers and a diverse soundtrack with music from Philip Glass, Portishead and Doris Day – this is a show not to be missed! 

 

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Oria Tango- Un Poco de Tango

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STYLE: Modern Tango

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste 

Time: 14.25-14.40 (Saturday) / 18.55-19.20 (Sunday)

Scintillating, passionate tango from Jenny and Ricardo Oria, the stars of the 2013 Edinburgh Mela hit Star Crossed. Prepare to be swept off your feet with Music and Dance performed by artists from Argentina and Scotland.

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La Otra Orilla- Moi&lesAutres

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STYLE: Flamenco

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: World Dance Feste

Time: 15.40-16.40 (Saturday and Sunday)

Myriam Allard and Hedi Graja present their reinvented flamenco in a new piece entitled Moi&lesAutres. In this solo that involves close communication with the musicians, themselves actively commited to the choreography, La Otra Orilla presents a spirited variation on the sometimes complex art of relating to one and other. With original music by composer Caroline Planté, this production reveals yet another version of the company’s hybrid flamenco language. Iconoclast, poetic and firmly rooted in the present.  

The Edinburgh Mela are delighted to welcome La Otra Orilla all the way from Canada to present a specially adapted version of this wonderful show at the 2015 festival, don’t miss it!

 

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Edinburgh Bhangra Crew

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STYLE: Bhangra/ Dance

Date: Saturday

Location: World Dance Feste

Time: 12.30-12.50

The Edinburgh Bhangra Crew are a non-profit university dance troupe founded in 2008 by a small group of friends who love to dance. Bhangra, a celebratory Punjabi folk dance, has taught to the group in open classes twice a week and since its founding.  Since the group’s inception, Edinburgh Bhangra Crew have gone from strength to strength and now boast over 60 members!

They have danced at a range of events from local charity performances, weddings, and dance shows up to national Bhangra competitions, and continue to deliver lively and colourful performances.  The Edinburgh Bhangra Crew are a firm festival favourite – bringing colour and energy to our World Dance Feste Stage.

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Bollywood Brass Band

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STYLE: Brass/Indian

Date: Sunday

Location: Main Stage

The Bollywood Brass Band was formed in 1992 to perform with the Shyam Brass Band from Jabalpur, India, at the International Festival of Street Music in London. Since then they have continued to perform and record in a wide variety of musical styles, including Hindi film hits, Bhangra, qawwali, Punjabi folk songs, and wedding songs, tinged with influences from jazz, other world musics, and modern dance music. They perform at weddings, world-music and street-music festivals, and cultural festivals and we are delighted to add them to the line up for the Edinburgh Mela 2015!

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