The Edinburgh Mela celebrates its 20th birthday this year! Join in the fun this weekend at Leith Links, 30-31 August from noon-9pm. Here are Creative Carbon Scotland’s tips for enjoying everything green at the festival.
Walk or cycle
The Edinburgh Mela boasts extensive cycle parking, and even a mechanic (provided by the City of Edinburgh Council) to give bikes a “once over” free of charge! The festival is located within a short cycling distance from the city centre, estimated times can be found on the Mela website here. The website also includes information about desirable walking routes to the Leith Links.
Enjoy the Global Food Village
In 2013, the Edinburgh Mela set progressive packaging regulations for their Global Food Village; non-compostable packaging has been banned since then, but with Vegware as a partner the Global Food Village is still a roaring success.
Wee Green Cinema
Global cinema advocates Take One Action are at the Edinburgh Mela this year with their Wee Green Cinema, a pop-up cinema powered by solar energy and cycles. The Wee Green Cinema will screen feature films in the evenings, along with daytime activities, animations and even an exclusive UK film premiere!
Not only does the Edinburgh Mela promote environmental sustainability, but the festival also celebrates cultural diversity and inclusivity. Edinburgh Mela Director Chris Purnell describes the range of cultures at this year’s festival as going “beyond its beginnings as a celebration of the city’s Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities.” This year’s programme includes music, dance, fashion, film and food from all corners of the globe.
Image courtesy David P Scott and Edinburgh Mela.
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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