Date lodged: 24 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it is assisting Edinburgh City Council and the Edinburgh Mela Festival Board to ensure a successful 2017 festival.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 1 November 2016
Creative Scotland, our national arts body, and the City of Edinburgh Council have held detailed and regular discussions with the Mela Board for several months and have sought assurances on governance issues. The Council and CreativeScotland are longstanding supporters of the Edinburgh Mela and the cultural benefits the event brings. The Scottish Government have been fully appraised of matters relating to the Mela and are confident and supportive of the Council and Creative Scotland’s approach. We hope the Mela’s current challenges can be addressed.