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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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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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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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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Swaryatra – Bollywood Unlimited

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STYLE: Bollywood Music/Dance

Date: Sunday 

Location: Awaz FM Mela Mix Stage

Time: 13.30-14.15

A journey of enchanting Bollywood numbers with a touch of classical music performed live on stage. Also features several popular Indian dance styles.

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Swyron

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STYLE: Time-Travelling Indian Steampunk Warrior

Date: Saturday and Sunday

Location: Walkabout

Swyron is a roaming piece of street theatre that interacts with crowds on his time travelling, steam billowing audio vehicle. He is a steampunk warrior, plucked from the battlefields of the Mahabharata and reimagined with a futuristic twist. In bejewelled armour sat astride a time machine, a figure adrift somewhere between the Victoriana and Vedic eras.

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