About EdinburghMela

The Edinburgh Mela celebrates Scotland’s diverse culture.  We deliver a high quality festival of music, dance and the wider arts from around the world all with the express purpose of promoting community cohesion and mutual understanding between our changing and diverse communities.  We provide an essential platform to BAME artists and performers and showcase work from local and emerging artists and companies alongside artists of national and international stature.  

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The Edinburgh Mela is a membership organisation, with application for membership open to bodies, companies, partnerships, non-incorporated bodies and organisations which have a demonstrable interest in black, ethnic minority arts, culture and community groups and the objects of whose founding deed (and any subsequent amendments thereto) are compatible with and complimentary to the Objects of The Edinburgh Mela.

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Professor-Geof-Palmer

Prof. Geoff Palmer

Chariman
Prof. Geoff Palmer is a Human Rights activist who is involved in a considerable amount of charity work in the community. Professor Palmer is the author of a book on race relations and is the Chairman of the Edinburgh Mela Board.
Foysol

oysol Choudhury MBE

Vice-Chariman
Foysol also regularly writes in the media to promote equality, raise awareness on hate crime and to foster good relations between different groups of people. He has also been involved in successfully organising community events like the cross-party Equality Manifesto Meetings to highlight equality issues to the politicians in the City of Edinburgh Council.
Vimal

Vimal DSouza

Board Member

Foysol Choudhury MBE

Vice Chairman
Foysol is also one of the founder directors of Edinburgh Mela and is currently its Vice Chair. Since its formation in 1997, the Edinburgh Mela has grown to be one of the biggest events in the Edinburgh Festivals Programme.
shami

Shami Khan DL

Board Member
Shami Khan DL has worked closely with Edinburgh’s black and ethnic minority communities for decades, contributed to the setting up of many organisations devoted to the promotion of welfare of the Mainstream and Minority communities. Shami holds several high-profile positions including being on the board of Edinburgh Mela for many years.
Saad Nazir

Saad Nazir

Treasurer
An active Board Director & Treasurer of the Edinburgh Mela Festival, Saad deals with drafting budget statements to present to the board who then make informed decisions regarding the direction of the festival based on the reports.
Shahid Riaz

Shahid Riaz

Azra Sharif-Qayyum

Azra Sharif-Qayyum

Board Member
Rajnish Singh

Rajnish Singh

Board Member
Mr. Singh has been elected on Mela Board in 2006 and is a person from Indian origin, based in Edinburgh since 1999. During this period he had been actively engaged in community activities through different organisations.
Jessica Yang

Jessica Yang

Board Member
Sonia Aksi

Sonia Aksi

Board Member