Sports day in Leith Links: 13:00 – 17:00

MELA Sport Day5-a-side soccer, cricket match, and workshops for women with Street Soccer Scotland. Street Soccer Scotland will be delivering a FREE Soccercise programme for WOMEN only in Leith Links on Sunday 27th August from 1-2pm as part of the Mela's Sports Day. Street Soccer Scotland delivers free football drop-in sessions, across Scotland. For adults, who may be experiencing: Homelessness, Mental Health Issues, Addiction, Long Term Unemployment or integration into a new community. We also deliver football-themed personal development. Street Soccercise programme is for women only and is aerobic exercise based around a football.

Date: Sunday 27th August 2017

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Venue: Leith Links Edinburgh

Tickets are free of charge.

World Mythology Mixed Media Workshop with Damian Callan: 10:00 – 16:00

Edinburgh Mela: World Mythology Mixed Media Workshop with Damian Callan

Damian Callan is a figurative painter based in Edinburgh. He teaches classes for adults and children at his studio near Haymarket. He is the author of Paint Like Degas and Paint Like Renoir. His work is exhibited widely in the UK and is held in collections across the world.

Working with recycled materials, participants will look at images from world mythology then design and make sculptures or masks based on this theme. We will begin with a slide presentation of images from around the world then go on to build up pieces in card, papier mache and paint. The finished works will be displayed in Custom House for one week.

Date: Monday 28th August 2017

Time: 10:0016:00

Location: Custom House Leith, 65-67 Commercial Street, EH6 6LH Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This is a free event with limited tickets so please book your space in advance to aviod disappointment.

Bollywood Dance Workshop: 19:00–21:00

UTSAV_3175_hi1Dance Ihayami will be running a Bollywood Dance workshop for Mela Week. It will be a fun and energetic two hour session which will have you dancing to the best of Bollywood beats. Open to adults and children, male and female.

Date: Monday 28th August 2017

Time: 19:0021:00

Location: Lifecare Edinburgh, 2 Cheyne Street, EH4 1JB Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This is a free event with limited tickets so please book your space in advance to aviod disappointment.

Writing workshop with Saltire Society award-winning novelist Chitra Ramaswamy: 13:00–16:00

Chitra RamaswamyChitra Ramaswamy is an award-winning journalist and writer. She cut her teeth at The Big Issue before moving to The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, where she became one of the newspaper’s leading columnists, critics, interviewers and feature writers. She currently writes for The Guardian, The Times Scotland, and Lonely Planet, regularly chairs events at festivals, and broadcasts for BBC Radio Scotland. Her first book, Expecting, a memoir about pregnancy and birth, won the Saltire First Book of the year Award 2016 and has been shortlisted for the Polari First Prize 2017.

Date: Tuesday 29th August 2017

Time: 13:0016:00

Location: Custom House Leith, 65-67 Commercial Street, EH6 6LH Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This is a free event with limited tickets so please book your space in advance to aviod disappointment.

Debate with Prof. Sir Geoff Palmer: 18:30–20:30

Prof Sir Geoff PalmerThis event examines Scotland’s true relationship to slavery through a documentary narrated by Professor Sir Geoff Palmer who will be present to open up the debate to questions. Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and a human rights activist, Prof. Palmer became the first black professor in Scotland and was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours.

Date: Tuesday 29th August 2017

Time: 18:3020:30

Location: Custom House Leith, 65-67 Commercial Street, EH6 6LH Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This is a free event with limited tickets so please book your space in advance to aviod disappointment.

Dance workshop with Kakatsitsi: 19:00 – 21:00

Dance workshop with Kakatsitsi Edinburgh MelaKakatsitsi are a group of drummers, dancers, and singers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana, whose music takes the rhythms and chants from their own Ga tradition and those of a variety of other West African cultures. Since 1996, Kakatsitsi have been touring the UK, working with festivals, arts centres, and local authorities. The addition of a strong dance element to complement their outstanding drumming and singing has established the group as the leading African traditional group in the UK. This workshop will be choreographed by the lead male dancer Kofi Adarkwah.

Date: Thursday 31st August 2017

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Lifecare Edinburgh, 2 Cheyne Street, EH4 1JB Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This is a free event with limited tickets so please book your space in advance to aviod disappointment.

Community Choir Workshop with Bruce Ncube: 13:00–17:00

Community Choir Workshop with Bruce Ncube

Bruce Ncube of Mema Arts specialises in teaching songs and harmonies from his native country Zimbabwe. Bruce lives in Scotland and has been traveling all over the UK since 2006 teaching and performing at festivals, schools and choirs. The songs that he teaches are emotionally charged, uplifting and confidence building. His workshops are participatory and inclusive and one does not need to be experienced to take part. Followed by a performance on Saturday 2nd September at the Mela main stage.

Date: Friday 1st September 2017

Time: 13:0017:00

Location: Custom House Leith, 65-67 Commercial Street, EH6 6LH Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This is a free event with limited tickets so please book your space in advance to aviod disappointment.