What they say about the Mela

I’ve been coming for 11 years, always a refreshing start to the new year.

The mela is a 1 week tension-free retreat, another world.

A great way to get in touch with my spirit.

I enjoyed meeting up with old acquaintances, don’t have to worry or think too much, its like hanging out with family (one I don’t have at home).

The mela provides a rare loving space for children to be with adults together in workshops, work and play and this is really appreciated.

You have inspired me to become a better person.

What they say about the Mela

I enjoyed meeting up with old acquaintances, don’t have to worry or think too much, its like hanging out with family (one I don’t have at home).

The mela provides a rare loving space for children to be with adults together in workshops, work and play and this is really appreciated.

You have inspired me to become a better person.

I’ve been coming for 11 years, always a refreshing start to the new year.

The mela is a 1 week tension-free retreat, another world.

A great way to get in touch with my spirit.

Welcome to the 36th Ananda Mela Festival

5 – 10 January, 2018

The Ananda Mela Music and Wellbeing Festival is an inspiring and empowering festival for all ages. The festival celebrates culture and wellbeing, providing a festive space for health practitioners, musicians and activists to contribute to the vitality of community.

Enjoy:

          • Music and dance with local, national and international artists
          • Healthy gourmet vegan and vegetarian food
          • Fun and innovative workshops
          • The lightness of chanting
          • Entertaining creative activities for children and youth

The Eco Expo  and Wellbeing Day on Saturday 6th January highlights local health practitioners and artists throughout the day. The evening concert features the festival’s special guest performers. Check here for the growing line-up of workshops and performances.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our previous Mela

January, 2017 – A memorable experience

The Ananda Mela Music and Wellbeing Festival brought together songlines from far and near for a week of Mela fun and connecting. Local artists, activists and health practitioners, from Yulu Mob Aboriginal Dancers to folk duo, Penny and Roger, mingled with Bahil Ethiopian Dancers and Tibetan folk musician, Tenzin Choegyal’s masterful trio. Local community radio station, TenFM broadcast live all morning on the 9th from the Mela, intermingling music and interviews of the Mela artists.

We’re grateful to the Southern Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government for the arts funding that enabled such a rich gathering of talented artists.

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Francis Gilfedder performing with Murray Kyle. Light creation by Partha

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Jali takes a break from her busy playing schedule

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Alison Gaffney doing the fantastic NIA workshop

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Ramakrsna and Rainjan captured the twilight in Girraween National Park