Edinburgh Mela programme unveiled

Members of Cargo, a multi-disciplinary performance group Members of Cargo launched the Edinburgh Mela programme

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A huge outdoor spectacle with a migration theme will form the centrepiece of this year's Edinburgh Mela Festival.

The programme for the celebration of cultural diversity has been launched with performers from Cargo, a show about two people's daring journey.

The festival, which began in 1995, has moved to Leith Links from its previous home at Pilrig park.

It will also include the Jaipur Kawa Circus, and runs from 6 to 8 August.

Other highlights will include performances by award-winning Punjabi singer Jaz Dhami.

Saris created by local designers and made from tweed donated by Harris Tweed Textiles will be showcased in a catwalk event.

Festival director Liam Sinclair said: "This year's programme has lots of new and exciting elements which are sure to be a big hit with mela-goers.

Boundless opportunities

"The move to Leith Links has given us the opportunity to build on last year's offering, bringing regulars and new mela visitors even more variety in music, dance, food and workshops from a range of cultures."

Cargo, co-funded by the Scottish government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, will later run at the Fringe Festival in the Made In Scotland programme.

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said: "This looks set to be another great year for the Edinburgh Mela.

"A new home at Leith Links offers boundless opportunities including the ability to stage shows like Cargo, which is an exciting and ambitious addition to this year's programme.

"It is great to see the mela and Fringe working together to allow festival-goers the chance to see this unique collaboration throughout August."

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