Water spectacle Cargo opens Mela


One of the biggest spectacles of Edinburgh's festival season is to be launched at the city's Mela on Friday.

Cargo, a collaboration between some of Scotland's most exciting artists, musicians and theatre-makers, will turn Leith Links into a watery wonderworld.

The 37-strong production team, all Scottish-based, have origins in 27 countries.

The three-day Mela is a celebration of cultural diversity which attracts tens of thousands of people.

It was founded in 1995 by members of the city's minority ethnic communities.

Cargo is described by organisers as "a risk-taking, water-soaked exploration of the universal need to migrate".

"It weaves together extreme physicality, a stunning soundtrack, intricate imagery and strange yet familiar characters".

It is produced by Chloe Dear's Iron/Oxide company.

Dougie Irvine, the director of Cargo, described it as a "good rollicking adventure".

He said the audience would get "something different" and they might also get wet.

Cargo, co-funded by the Scottish government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, will later run at the Fringe Festival in the Made In Scotland programme.

The festival has moved to Leith Links from its previous home at Pilrig park.

It will also include the Jaipur Kawa Circus.

Other highlights will include performances by award-winning Punjabi singer Jaz Dhami.

Saris created by local designers and made from tweed donated by Harris Tweed Textiles will be showcased in a catwalk event.