Media Release: MELA Festival 2008 – new location, new sponsor, new director

A BIGGER and bolder week-long Mela Festival based in Leith, Edinburgh, and sponsored by Forth Ports was unveiled today.

The sponsorship package from the property developer and port operator will help support a long-term ambitious vision for Scotland’s leading celebration of cultural diversity through the arts.

As a lively event for all the family, supported by the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Arts Council, the Mela Festival has grown in recent years, helping to attract tourists and contributing significantly to the local economy.

Building on this success, the Mela will now be a week-long festival – running this year August 25-31 – rather than the weekend event of previous years.

It is also to move to a more spacious new site at the Waterfront beside Ocean Terminal, including the Waterfront Plaza (the area in front of the shopping centre) and Ocean Terminal itself.

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