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Multi-cultural festival in Oslo

Posted by African Press International on August 23, 2008

The vast waterfront plaza adjoining Oslo’s City Hall (Rdhusplassen) was being transformed this weekend into a colourful festival grounds where different cultures could meet and mingle.

Flamenco dancers were just one attraction at last year’s Mela Festival in Oslo’s City Hall Plaza.


The annual Mela Festival opened Friday, with food, music, crafts and various performers on tap until late Sunday night.

The festival has attracted support from a variety of sources, including the state, the city, trade union federation LO and a host of private sponsors from fertilizer maker Yara to mobile telephone service Lebara.

“LO believes that a wide and active artistic and cultural life contributes to increased quality of life,” said LO leader Roar Flthen. “What’s so good about the Mela Festifal is that it’s a family festival with lots of activities for big and small.”

Grammy Award winner and human rights activist Miriam Makeba is among the artists performing at Mela, or “the meeting place.” Others include Ashar Azmat, Viet Vo Da House and Stereo Nation.

Admission is free. More than 300,000 have attended the festival in recent years and thousands more were expected over the weekend.’



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