"Mela" is derived from a Sanskrit word for "meeting"; in the early 1980's, a few towns in the UK established small festivals - a few stalls and a procession - focussed on and for their communities of Asian origin.

Over 20 years, some of these have grown into substantial multi-cultural annual festivals of arts and culture.

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Edinburgh Mela
Details of an annual arts festival celebrating the diverse cultures in Scotland. Includes a programme, archive of previous events, and press releases.
Leicester Belgrave Mela
Founded in 1983 to reflect the cultural diversity within the community, and since become an event of national significance. Includes programme, information about sponsors and history.
London Mela
First established in 2003, and has subsequently grown to be one of the most important Mela in the UK. Information about programme, travel for visitors, and a history.
Manchester Summer Mega Mela
Annual event celebrating South Asian culture; includes programme, photo galleries, and contact details.
Newcastle Asian Arts and Music Festival
Run by a voluntary organisation formed in April 1993 to promote Asian arts, music and culture within the region. Information about programme and for visitors.
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