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The history of Mela
”Mela” is a Sanskrit word which means ”meeting place”. Melas are held in many countries, but the Oslo Mela is among the biggest. The series of Mela festivals started in 2001 with a small Pakistani-Norwegian festival. The festival grew rapidly. In 2004, Mela attracted a public of 70.000, in 2005 around 200 000 and in 2006 the police estimated that 300 000 persons visited Mela during its three days. In 2008 the number probably was around 330.000. Approximately half of the audience is ethnic Norwegians and over 60% is women and children.
The Oslo Mela is unlike many Melas in other parts of the world, because it embraces both local artists with a minority background, ethnic Norwegians in cooperation with international artists and famous artists from a number of countries. The Mela brings popular as well as classical music, theatre performances, poetry and literature, handicrafts, fashion shows and food to the public in Norway.
Mela is organized by Horisont Foundation (http://www.horisont.org ). In addition to Oslo Mela, Horisont stages concerts, exhibitions, seminars and cultural workshops. The cultural exchange with other countries go both ways; several Norwegian performers have cooperated with artists from other parts of the world in concerts, theatrical performances and CD recordings. A cultural exchange programme with Pakistan has been instigated and exchange programmes with other countries are being worked out.
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