BELFAST MELA

World Stage

Join us for a programme of pop up global music and dance at Writers Square!

We’ve assembled a wonderful line up of music and dance from around the world, all presented by local artists living in Northern Ireland. Bust a Bollywood move with our South Asian Dance Academy,  explore the beauty of Bulgarian culture or get into the groove with Zimbabwean beats. There’s a little something for everyone!

What's On

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

BCGC is Northern Ireland’s first and only multicultural gospel choir. They are committed to performing music that carries the message of love, joy and peace and that promotes a positive image of our country.

N’famady Kouyaté

N’famady Kouyaté is a young energetic master musician from Guinea (Conakry), who relocated to Cardiff (Wales) in 2019. A talented multi-instrumentalist who wows audiences with his modern interpretations of traditional West African Mandingue songs and rhythms. In the UK N’famady has played both as a solo artist and with a full band line up – where his arrangements are a fusion of Mandingue African with western jazz, pop, indie, and funk influences provided by an ever-evolving collective of musicians

N’famady Kouyaté
Boom Strutt Brass Band

Boom Strutt Brass Band

Boom Strutt Brass Band are a New Orlean's second line brass band. A dramatic feast of edgy horns & dirty funky drums carry on the deepest of all New Orleans traditions; making party music to strut to.

Mexican Dance NI & AMDIE

Experience the traditions of Mexican folk dancing. Mayte Segura is a contemporary and Mexican Folk dancer with a Diploma in dance teaching from the British Ballet Organisation and lead dancer of Mexican Dance NI. She comes together with Cork-based dance group AMDIE for an very exciting collaboration created especially for Mela.

Mexican Dance NI & AMDIE
Anna's Number

Anna's Number

After beginning their journey busking on the streets of Belfast Anna's Number have continued their journey of becoming the forefront of youth-inspired funk music in the country. Recent achievements include a sold out show in the Lyric, winners of 2019's Banbridge Buskfest and gaining critical acclaim from BCC Radio 4. If you like to dance, Anna's Number is the perfect band for you!

Shamrock Bhangra

Dublin based Shamrock Bhangra makes a welcome return to the Mela with their explosive Bhangra dance routines. Bhangra is a traditional North Indian folk dance celebrating the harvest season.

Shamrock Bhangra
South Asian Dance Academy

South Asian Dance Academy

The South Asian Dance Academy (SADA) provide amazing Bollywood & classical performances and workshops throughout the island of Ireland. SADA also works to encourage engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary South Asian dance. The academy works with a diverse group of freelance dancers with varying skills, discipline areas, genres of focus and levels of experience.

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