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Press Release: Headline Performers Announced


Issue Date: 18/07/2017 |  Issued By: Aberdeen International Youth Festival Communications and Marketing Team  |  Contact: Jessie Gordon 01224 213 800 or Stewart Aitken,

Aberdeen Mela – One World Day
Sunday 30th July 2017
Westburn Park, Aberdeen

Headline Performers Announced

Aberdeen Multicultural Centre and, their partners in the Aberdeen Mela – One World Day, Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2017 are pleased to announce the wonderful and varied line up of performers for this event happening on Sunday 30th July at Westburn Park in Aberdeen from 12noon to 8pm.

With two stages and roving performers the day promises lots of fantastic and a diverse range of performers across dance, music and song. There will be many wonderful performers from across the North-East of Scotland and participants from the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. These include Aberdeen’s own Melting Pot, Aberdeen Bhangra Crew and Daniel Gaviao as well AIYF performers from Burundi and Europe.

For the first time in Aberdeen the organisers have attracted some leading Scottish and UK based bands and performers to add to the quality and diversity of the event. All of these headliners have many years of festival performances including at Mela and world music events across the country.

Bringing his afro music and the Jit Jive Band to the Aberdeen Mela – One World Day is ex Bhundu Boys member Rise Kagona. With many years of performing across the world and topping the world music charts in the 80s and 90s in his native Zimbabwe and the UK he is always a much sought after artist with his distinctive African rhythms created through his special guitar style named Jiti. Mela organisers and partners are delighted that he can fit this day of music and cultural celebration into his busy schedule bringing his famous and special musical sound to Aberdeen this summer.

Led by Asian TV presenter and musician Sandyman the London based Guru soundz performing Bollywood, Modern, Sufi and Bengali songs. Guru Soundz featuring Simon Sylvester, Shahid Abbas Khan, Porosh Moni and Abira Shah perform at Asian and world music festivals across England and for the first time bring their classic Asian sound to the Aberdeen Mela number one stage. Celebrating the music, song and culture from across the different countries of the region the band is the ideal musicians for this celebration festival event.
Also new to Aberdeen audiences will be the Glasgow based dance troupe Desi Bravehearts who come to the city very fresh after a wonderful performance at the Glasgow Mela 2017. Their unique style sees the fusing of Bollywood dance styles and contemporary hip-hop with excitement, skill and great enthusiasm.

Ahashan Habib one of the project managers at Aberdeen Multicultural Centre (AMC) said AMC is dedicated to working towards the wider promotion of language & cultural diversity in the North East of Scotland. Aberdeen Mela-One World Day is an initiative undertaken by AMC to celebrate the multicultural make up of Aberdeen. We want to create a festival of world music, dance, variety of foods, ethnic clothing and arts & crafts along with fun fairs for children to make the event a perfect family day out.

Director of Events at VisitScotland, Paul Bush OBE, said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and we are delighted to be supporting the Aberdeen Mela – One World Day through our National Programme. The Mela is a wonderful celebration of the North East’s diverse communities and provides the ideal platform in bringing people together through a fantastic programme of music, dance and entertainment.”

With support from Nexen, Arnold Clark (Toyota) Aberdeen City Council & EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, this brand new cultural event in collaboration between Aberdeen Multicultural Centre and Aberdeen International Youth Festival and other key partners including the Aberdeen Indian Association and Aberdeen Lions.

Stewart Aitken, Artistic Director of Aberdeen International Youth Festival endorses this mix of partners saying, “A day like this is all about showcasing all the communities in the North-East and can only happen when there is diversity of input from artists, stall holders and organisers. We hope this will be the first of a number of multi-agency events and activities that we can get involved in and we have already benefitted from support from the director of the Glasgow Mela, Harminder Berman”


Additional Information

Aberdeen Multi-cultural Centre: The Multicultural Centre is a user led charity, dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of the diverse communities in Aberdeen. The Multicultural Centre encourages co-operation & integration amongst diverse community groups as well as building harmony and cultural & language exchange within the communities. 


Aberdeen International Youth Festival: AIYF is a multi-arts festival that invites young people from all over the world to meet, collaborate and perform at various locations across Aberdeen City and The North East. The performers who attend every year have a variety of talents such as Dance, Theatrical, Orchestral, Choral and various other musical abilities. The festival which is taking place from July 28th to August 5th 2017 is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and has hosted over 30,000 young people since its beginning.

EventScotland: EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.
EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see

The Desi-Bravehearts:

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Mela in the Indian Subcontinent describe events, gatherings or fairs and our interpretation of this vibrant festival combines culture, arts, food and family with activities to highlight the richness of many different cultural groups in the area. Alongside these festivities and the cultural exchange, the Mela also looks to promote a greater awareness of global development issues to motivate and inspire people to achieve a more just and fair society.

The Aberdeen Mela will be taking place in Westburn Park in Aberdeen on Sunday 30th July from around 12pm to 8pm with performances, cuisine/food, craft, activities & info stalls.

Glasgow Mela:

Issue Date: 18/07/2017 |  Issued By: Aberdeen International Youth Festival Communications and Marketing Team  |  Contact: Jessie Gordon 01224 213 800, Stewart Aitken, or Ahashan Habib

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