the fantasy forest

Tucked away in the tropical scenery of Botanic the Fantasty 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 Zulu Tradition and Afrikan Warriors

  • Dance, movement and singing workshops showcasing dance moves and genres 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.