Free filmmaking course this October with Edinburgh Mela and Screen Education Edinburgh!

Are you aged 14 – 19? Are you interested in making films? We’ve teamed up with Screen Education Edinburgh to offer a FREE week-long filmmaking workshop during the school holidays from the 12th – 16th October 10am – 4pm. We’ll even cover your bus fare too!

This is an amazing opportunity to make your very own short film. During the project you’ll be introduced to the basics of storytelling, camera, sound, editing, acting and directing. You will then film your own film using professional equipment under the guidance of Screen Education Edinburgh’s experienced tutors.

No previous experience is needed and the workshops are free to attend. To reserve your space or to get more information, email our Engagement Manager Jay on jay@edinburgh-mela.co.uk / call 07802 867524. 

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STYLE: Reggae / Hip Hop / Electronica / Soul

Date: Saturday

Location: Main Stage

Time: 13.30-14.20

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Unique talent Danny Ladwa released his debut album Unfolding this year to massive global acclaim. Its deep mixture of reggae, hip hop, electronica and soul – produced by leading talent Gaudi- has seen the UK Human Beatbox Championship Finalist become a hotly-tipped one to watch in 2015.

His live shows add a whole other level to his talents, as he’s joined on stage by top musicians and uses vocal loops to create an infectious beat.

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Akif & DJ Umar

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STYLE: MC / DJ

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: Main Stage

Get ready to party all day with your host Akif Ehsan and feel the rhythm when DJ Umar Ali drops the beat!  They’re your favourite Edinburgh Mela hosts, back by popular demand to keep you entertained throughout both days, with music and fun on the Mela Main Stage!

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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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