Published Friday, 20 July 2012
Thousands are expected to attend the Mela, in Belfast's Botanic Gardens. (© Belfast Mela)
It will be the sixth time the event is hosted in the city, and visitors to the Mela can sample the sights, sounds, and tastes of around the globe.
The one-day event on Sunday 26 August takes place at the Botanic Gardens and headline performers DCS, a British Bhangra act, will be supported by Congolese musician, singer songwriter Niwel Tsumbu with his spectacular live band.
Festival favourite the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band accompanied by the acclaimed dancer Sapera Kalbelya make a welcome return the 2012 Mela.
Mela means 'to meet' and around 10,000 people visited last year's event and helped to celebrate the influence of Northern Ireland's growing ethnic groups.
But anyone hoping for a more relaxing time can seek solace in the Maharaja Tent, which will host classical art performances away from the hustle and bustle of the Mela.
And the always-popular food market will return, where Thai, Polish, Spanish and Indian cuisine will be among the fare on offer.