August 25, 2008

Wedding Day Drama Kicks Off the Mela

EDINBURGH'S annual Mela Festival has opened with a performance of Sapno ki Shaadi, above, a drama about a traditional Asian wedding. The event took place in the Big Top at Ocean Terminal, and the festival continues this week with a combination of theatre, dance and music for all the family.

The Mela - the word means "gathering" in the ancient language of Sanskrit - combines the arts with opportunities to sample food and crafts from a range of cultures throughout the world. Among this year's events are the Scottish premiereS of From Soho Road to the Punjab, which tells the story of UK Bhangra and Oscar-nominated 1957 film Mother India.

A highlight will be Friday night's performance by Upswing aerial circus. One of the UK's leading aerial companies,

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