We are proud to have partnered with organisations across the public and private sectors to positively promote cultural diversity across Northern Ireland. Our Friends of Mela are forward thinking organisations who understand the benefits of a diverse society in driving success for their business objectives and enriching the lives of their employees who live and work here.


We believe we have a responsibility to champion change in the wider community, and being a Friend of the Belfast Mela in Northern Ireland play an important role in promoting progress, and creating environments that ensure culturally diverse future generations are guaranteed an inclusive society, and a level playing field in the work place
— Pinsent Masons
Danske Bank are delighted to be associated with the Belfast Mela in recognition of our joined desire to support and celebrate diversity across Northern Ireland
— Danske Bank
As Northern Ireland’s regional provider of shared ownership and affordable home ownership services, we serve people from a diverse range of backgrounds right across the province. We are delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s Mela Festival and are looking forward to this fantastic, inclusive event celebrating cultural diversity.
— Co-ownership
As a local company with a global reach, we are proud to be a Friend of the wonderful Belfast Mela, the largest celebration of cultural diversity on the island of Ireland, promoting Belfast as an open, inclusive and welcoming place to live and work.”
— Hannon Travel
Queen’s University Belfast is proud to be a Friend of Mela and support this year’s Mela Festival in Botanic Gardens. With over 26,000 students, 4,000 staff from 85 different countries, Queen’s is an extremely diverse place to study, research and work. We are keen to support the Mela and we encourage all our Students, staff, and their friends and family, from all around the world, to join in this important celebration of cultural diversity.
— Queens University Belfast
Olenick is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives in all our offices, with our clients and local communities. Becoming a Friend of the Mela is a perfect fit as we attract, develop and retain talent from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. It’s a fantastic opportunity to infuse inclusivity into our everyday corporate culture.
— Olenick
The Belfast Mela has become a flagship event that celebrates cultural diversity, expression and inclusion that truly reflects the vibrancy of our increasingly diverse society. As an inclusive employer and business, Phoenix Natural Gas is delighted to become a Friend of Mela in 2019 and we look forward to being part of a fantastic day where Belfast takes the world to its heart.
— Phoenix Gas
Allstate NI are delighted to become a Friend of Belfast Mela. Diversity, inclusion and equality are in the Allstate DNA and the Belfast Mela mirror these values in their annual celebration event.
— All State
Embedding diversity across our organisation helps us to be the best that we can be in our thinking, our decisions and our outcomes. At First Trust Bank, our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to our colleagues, customers and the communities we serve, so we are extremely proud to be a Friend of the Belfast Mela in 2019.
— First Trust Bank
The Department of Finance is pleased to support this year’s Belfast Mela Festival which celebrates cultural diversity enriching the lives of people in Northern Ireland who live and work here. Embedding mutual respect and inclusion in our workplace is of pivotal importance to the Department.
— Department of Finance