Variety is spice of life at Mela

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Coleraine and Ballymoney & Moyle Times, in association with ArtsEkta, are offering ten lucky readers the chance to win a Family Pass (2 adult and 2 Children U16) to the 10th annual Mela Festival in association with Turkish Airlines on Sunday 28th August from 12 noon-6pm in  Botanic Gardens, Belfast.

There will be more than a taste of the exotic in store as pioneering ethnic arts organisation ArtsEkta celebrates its tenth anniversary in colourfully eclectic style with its most ambitious Mela Festival ever!

The Mela which is Northern Ireland’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity, will bring a wonderful world of international cultures to Botanic, featuring music, dance, arts and performance, including a return of the hugely successful Little Bollywood, an exciting sensory experience designed for families with babies, toddlers and young children.

Global gastronomy will waft luscious aromas around the park as international chefs combine their talents and culinary heritage with great local produce, as Belfast Mela pays tribute to Northern Ireland Year of Food &; Drink 2016. From ‘A Night in Rajasthan’ tandoori barbeque experience and the World Food Market to Live Cookery Theatre to the specially-curated Artisan Market showcasing what’s fresh and new from dynamic local food producers …. cooking doesn’t get much better than this!

If you and your family want to be part of this great global feast of music, dance, fashion, food and fun, all served up in colourful profusion in the glorious greenery of Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, just enter the competition below. For full details on this year’s world class line up go to

TO ENTER THE COMPETITION: Q. What anniversary is the Belfast Mela celebrating this year?

Send your answer, name, address, email address and phone number to or by July 18th.