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2008-08-28 18:00:35

By Fay Winter PERFORMERS have travelled from as far afield as Africa, South America and India to entertain crowds at this year's Mela Festival. This weekend is the culmination of a week of activities celebrating the city's cultural diversity. Founded in 1995 by members of the city's Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi communities, this year's event is the biggest yet. Having moved from Pilrig Park to a new venue at Ocean Terminal in Leith, the event also incorporates acts from the...

2008-08-25 15:00:41

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...

2008-08-22 15:00:34

By Liam Rudden Arts and Colourful Asian festival grows at Ocean terminal 'The Mela this year offers a wo rld of creative talent," declared Liam Sinclair, the event's new artistic director, announcing the 2008 programme earlier this year. "Traditional Indian dance will sit beside tango and flamenco troupes," he continued. "The big top will host an aerial circus act and the rhythms of India and Pakistan will be joined by those from Japan, Africa and elsewhere and the London Community...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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