Crowds flock to record-breaking Mela

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SOUTHSIDE central councillor Soryia Siddique has described this year’s Glasgow Mela as one of the best in its 23-year-history.

Miss Siddique, chair of the event’s steering group, said: “ A record-breaking crowd joined us for a fabulous weekend of free entertainment by exceptional artists from around the world.

“ The park was awash with colour and pulsating to the incredible beats that emanated from all three stages. Like them, I had a great time.”.

More than 35,000 festival goers attended the event, which aims to celebrate the city’s racial diversity with two days of uplifting music, awesome dance routines and interactive street performance.

Based on the traditions and customs of the Indian sub-continent, organisers Glasgow Life programmed a spectacular line-up of international performers on three stages, which delighted crowds yesterday and today. Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival.

In the 23 years since it’s incarnation, the 02 Glasgow Mela has become the leading festival of its kind in the country.

Johnny Kalsi from popular band The Dhol Foundation said: “That was a blast, this is my first ever Mela and I’m glad it was in Glasgow”.