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Oslo Mela Festival to raise awareness of cultural diversity. The annual, colorful and multicultural festival is coming to Oslo this weekend to celebrate the cultural expression in the spirit of the cosmopolitan capital. Mela means “meeting point” and has roots going back thousands of years to South Asia, and it is one of the largest events of this kind outside of the Asian continent. Mela is held in various countries, but the one in Oslo is the biggest party of all of them.

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Oslo Mela Festival to raise awareness of cultural diversity

Published on Wednesday, 4th August, 2010 at 11:08 under the news category, by Inez Dawczyk.

The annual, colorful and multicultural festival is coming to Oslo this weekend to celebrate the cultural expression in the spirit of the cosmopolitan capital.

Street Procession, Boishakhee Mela, London 2009
Street Procession, Boishakhee Mela, London 2009
Photo: Shahed Mamun/Wikimedia Commons


Mela means “meeting point” and has roots going back thousands of years to South Asia, and it is one of the largest events of this kind outside of the Asian continent.

Mela is held in various countries, but the one in Oslo is the biggest party of all of them.

The first series of the Mela Festival started in 2001 as a Pakistani-Norwegian event and grew quickly. In 2004, it attracted an audience of 70,000 people.

Between 2005 and 2008, the number of people who enjoyed it increased from 200,000 to 330,000.

The festival is organized by the Horisont Foundation and collects artists with a minority background, as well as ethnic Norwegians, in cooperation with international artists. More than 20 countries will be represented this year.

On the program is music, dance, theatre, poetry, handicrafts, fashion shows and food for the public to savor, amongst other things.

Mela starts this Friday in Rådhusplassen, and entrance is free.

For more information about the event, visit the website.




Published on Wednesday, 4th August, 2010 at 11:08 under the news category, by Inez Dawczyk.

This post has the following tags: oslo, mela, festival, cultural, diversity, celebration, south, asia, pakistan, norway, raadhusplassen.





  
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