A Handful of Dreams

A Handful of Dreams

WHEN 2pm & 4pm
WHERE City Hall Grounds

After the carnival parade join us in the Global Village at City Hall grounds for a breathtaking performance from Ireland’s leading aerial dance group Fidget Feet.

An Irish fusion of music, dance, and aerial awaits with an electric ensemble of aerial dancers and live musicians.

A Handful of Dreams by aerial experts Fidget Feet is an awe-inspiring and heart-warming outdoor show that combines aerial and circus arts with live Irish traditional music and dance. Infusing a specially designed outdoor rig with an ancient magic, this beautiful celebration will connect to the hearts of each audience member while restoring the joy of being alive.


The show is inspired by the poem The Stolen Child by William Butler Yeats (1865–1939). The innovative musical score is grounded in traditional Irish music and folklore but embraces a world of contemporary composition and sound design.


For Mela, we are especially excited to introduce a collaboration with our South Asian Dance Academy fusing traditional Kathak dance from India into the performance. At the end audiences will also have the chance to take part in a Ceili and hear live song from local community choirs.

A Handful of Dreams
A Handful of Dreams
A Handful of Dreams

Creative Collaborators

Hundreds of creative professionals have collaborated with us to bring Mela Carnival to life across the streets of Belfast.

Colour Procession

Be part of our colour procession and walk the carnival route with us while throwing colourful powders in a party atmosphere among friends!