Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow Mela: Programme unveiled for 2013 festival

Glasgow Mela launch
Image caption The Glasgow Mela is now entering its 23rd year having launched during the City of Culture celebrations in 1990

Top names from urban, Bhangra and Bollywood music have been lined up to appear at this year's Glasgow Mela.

The city's annual multi-cultural festival will run in Kelvingrove Park from 12:00 to 18:00 on 15 and 16 June.

Among the performers announced at this year's programme launch were Bhangra acts Sona Walia and Ali Romeo.

The Mela was launched during the 1990 European City of Culture festivities to celebrate the traditions and customs of the Indian sub-continent.

It is now billed as "Scotland's biggest free multi-cultural festival" and also attracts Brazilian, Oriental and Middle Eastern performers, as well as crowds of more than 25,000 people.

Glasgow City Councillor Soryia Siddique, chair of the Glasgow Mela steering group, said: "The O2 Glasgow Mela is a truly wonderful, inclusive, family event that showcases Glasgow as the multicultural and multi-racial city it is.

"I am confident this will be the best festival yet. The line-up announced today is set to excite and delight the many thousands of people who have Glasgow Mela firmly on their cultural calendar."

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