We are once again suppliers of PA and backline for the Edinburgh Mela, which is being held in Leith Links from 29th to 31st August. This is a special year for the festival tagged as Scotland’s biggest and best celebration of world music and dance as it’s the 20th anniversary of the event. To celebrate this, an innovative new musical work has been commissioned. Composed by rising world music star Soumik Datta, co-composed, arranged, and conducted by Johannes Berauer, and working in development with musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra ‘The King of Ghosts’ is inspired by the classic 1969 Indian art house film Gupi Gayen, Bagha Bayen, by Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray. The piece weaves Indian folk rhythms, rich orchestral textures and pulsing electronic beats into a gorgeous, atmospheric experience, as scenes from the film are projected above the musicians and the audience is transported into the fairytale. The piece will premiere on the opening night of the festival (Friday 29th August) before going on tour to Glasgow, Perth and Inverness at the beginning of September.
To celebrate 20 years in existence the festival programme is packed, with internationally renowned talent from the world of music, dance and performance being showcased on 3 stages. There is the Global Food Village to delight your tastebuds, the Mela Fashion Show to inspire you and the Mela Kidzone where you can meet animals from around the globe along with lots of workshops and activities.
The festivals talented photographers have taken some great pictures of the Main Stage over the years so you can flick through themto get a flavour of the party. Check out the 2014 lineup to see what’s in store this year.