the fantasy forest

Tucked away in the tropical scenery of Botanic the Fantasy Forest makes a welcome return to the Mela.  This is a magical children's arts experience featuring a diverse programme of interactive nature-inspired creative arts workshops, delivered by visual artists, craft people, dancers, musicians and storytellers.  

Highlights of the FANTASY FOREST includes:

  • Street theatre shows from Mugenkyo Japanese Taiko Drummers and Afrikan Village Warriors

  • Dance, movement and singing workshops showcasing cultures and traditions from all over the world

  • International storytellers feature in the The Storytelling Tree with traditional stories from across the world

  • Performances and workshops from India, Eastern Europe, China, Japan and the Philippines. 

  • Feast your eyes on The Fantastical Creatures, our ongoing public arts installation created by ArtsEkta with communities and schools from across Northern Ireland. With a specially created discovery map for young kids, journey around The Fantasy Forest and see if you can spot the creatures from every corner of the globe.