The 15th Edinburgh Mela is something of a milestone for the massive multicultural music, art, theatre and food festival celebrating Asian Scottish culture, and not just because it is returning to its original home of Pilrig Park.
‘This year, we’re working in the Year of Homecoming,’ says director Liam Sinclair. ‘We wanted to explore what that meat from a culturally diverse or multicultural perspective. So we coined this idea of “Home Be-Coming”; if Homecoming has been about the Diaspora coming back to Scotland, then Home Be-coming is about looking at migration into the country over the last 70 years and how that has had an impact upon contemporary Scottish culture.’
Expect a focus on Scottish bhangra acts and multicultural DJs, and a jam session setting ceilidh and Punjabi music off against each other as well as some dance from places as far flung as Zimbabwe and Singapore.
Pilrig Park, Fri 7–Sun 9 Aug, www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk