Belfast Mela takes place on August 30 in Botanic Gardens. It is designed to celebrate the diversity of Northern Ireland and highlights of this year’s event will include a carnival procession, world food market, a ‘fantasy forest’ magical arts experience, ethnic fashion bazaar and a theatrical exploration of ancient Indian folklore.
South Belfast MLA Ms Lo said it was important to show the growing diversity of life in Belfast and beyond.
“Belfast is changing and for the better. One of the showcases of this is the annual Mela, which has gone from strength-to-strength over the years. It is both a way to better understand different cultures and also show how welcoming people in Belfast are.
“With the growing number of people from ethnic minority backgrounds living in Northern Ireland, it is clear we are now living in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society, with valuable contributions coming from all corners.
“Mela is a perfect event to explore the sights, sounds and smells of the local community and have great fun in doing so.”