Creative Commissions

Creative Commissions

Working with a team of talented local artists and co-created with residents from Belfast and beyond we are delighted to reveal our new Mela Carnival commission for 2023.

Belfast Mela Gallery

The Orizuru


Legend says that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will have their heart’s desire come true


The Orizuru, origami crane or paper crane, is a design that is considered to be the most classic of all Japanese origami. It is a key theme running throughout this year’s Mela and symbolises honour, good fortune, loyalty, and longevity. These formidable characteristics give the crane such special meaning and why the Japanese believed that anyone with the patience and commitment to fold 1,000 origami cranes would be given good fortune and granted a wish.


The Orizuru will bring together a large scale animated crane with colourful performers, beautiful choreography and community participants.


Devised by ArtsEkta

The Orizuru Float: John Quinn

Lantern Cranes: Tara Johnson

Movement: Lauren Douglas


Belfast Mela Gallery

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