The Edinburgh Mela On Film

The 2015 Edinburgh Mela worked with the talented people at Media Education to share some unique community stories.

imMEDIAte NEWS – Naina Minhas from Media Education on Vimeo.

ImMEDIAte NEWS – Charan Pradhan from Media Education on Vimeo.

imMEDIAte NEWS – Dylan Stevens from Media Education on Vimeo.

Engagement All Year Round

Moving into 2017 and beyond, the Edinburgh Mela intends to build on the success of the education and outreach work undertaken as part of its Engage Programme.  Since 2009, The Mela Engagement Project Manager has worked closely with diverse communities throughout Edinburgh and Central Scotland, co-ordinating and delivering an extensive year-round programme which has incorporated local and international artists and arts organisations.

The Edinburgh Mela Engage programme has included collaborations with local schools, further education colleges and universities, as well as charities and many different BAME organisations. A variety of valuable partnerships have been forged with organisations including Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland, who have become two of the major funders of the Mela Children’s and Families area.

We aim to deliver an engagement programme which is truly dynamic, nurtures creativity, learning and provides opportunities that are free, accessible and innovative.  It is our vision to inspire and empower young people from a diverse range of communities to become leaders within the arts and their own communities.  We will utilise new technology to ensure that the work we produce has local, national and international reach and by doing so raise our profile, increase our accessibility and share the important work we do within Scotland’s diverse communities. 

Through our engagement programmes since 2009 the Mela has taken enormous strides towards positioning ourselves as an organisation which can make a significant impact on the lives of members of our BAME communities who remain seriously under-represented in the arts. Recent projects including G Code, G Force and Sonic Walk were in turn influenced and informed by earlier projects such as Shared Territories, Naturally inspired, Feast for the Senses and the New Directions artists’ residency programmes.  The experience we have accumulated over the years in delivering these projects allows us to look forward with confidence in the knowledge that there is a demand and great need for the work we do. 

For further information about current Engagement activities please contact our office, by emailing info@edinburgh-mela.co.uk or calling the office on 0131 661 7100.