Culture galore at Kelvingrove festival

Punjabi No1 Dance group and dhol drummers with Glasgow City Council, Councillor Soryia Siddique, at the launch of the Glasgow Mela.
Punjabi No1 Dance group and dhol drummers with Glasgow City Council, Councillor Soryia Siddique, at the launch of the Glasgow Mela.

KELVINGROVE Park will be awash with colour this weekend as thousands are set to descend for the annual Glasgow Mela.

The multicultural event has been on the go for over 20 years, bringing together wide and varied communities with a blend of international music (including some big names), dance troupes and entertainment of every kind, as well as hands on activities and stalls 
galore.

It coincides with the West End Festival, which runs throughout June — but the Mela stands up on its own, drawing huge crowds in previous years.

The line-up for 2013 includes Bhangra stars Sona Walia and Foji Gill, as well as the Dhol Foundation featuring Johnny Kalsi — a drumming group who featured in the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.

Glasgow-based DJs Tigerstyle will also take to the stage with their unique blend of Bhangra, hip hop and anything else they fancy, as will dance group and seasoned Mela stars the Desi Bravehearts.

The festival runs from noon until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday, and is open to all ages — from young family members to fully-grown fun-seekers.

It’s free to join in too, and you’ll find some of the best food on offer across the city — all just a stone’s throw away from the southside.

For more info on this year’s festival, including a full line up, visit www.glasgowmela.com.