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Culture Land

Culture Land is a magical children's arts experience where young ones and their parents are invited on a journey through the world to make discoveries and learn new things.

Experience a line up of crafts, sounds, dance, stories and art, giving them a true cultural experience they will never forget. Get your passport and suitcase at the ready and embark on a journey across the globe to explore cultures and traditions.

What's On

Slovak Dance Group

Slovak Dance Group

The Slovak Dance Group NI are made up of young performers who preserve the tradition of Slovak culture in Northern Ireland. The dance, along with music and other folk traditions, lives today as a testimony of the Slovak spirit, and are indeed what Slovaks affectionately and somewhat reverently call the "pearls of Slovak culture."

Belfast Intercultural Romanian Community

Celebrate the beautiful traditions of Roma Romanian culture with beautiful folk dance displays from the Belfast Intercultural Romanian Community.

Belfast Intercultural Romanian Community
Chinese Lion Dance

Chinese Lion Dance

The Flying Dragon dancers amaze young and old with their daring acrobatic feats. The lion and dragon dances are traditional Chinese art performed on big occasions, such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) for good luck, as it is believed that the lion and dragon are auspicious animals. Performed in a lion and dragon costumes, accompanied by the music of beating drums, clashing cymbals, and resounding gongs, the dances imitate a various movements and demonstrate martial arts agility.

Chinese Dragon Dance

Chinese Dragon Dance The Flying Dragon dancers amaze young and old with their daring acrobatic feats. The lion and dragon dances are traditional Chinese art performed on big occasions, such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) for good luck, as it is believed that the lion and dragon are auspicious animals.

Chinese Dragon Dance
Culture Clash

Culture Clash

Come together for a trash fashion show created by ArtsEkta and Another World. Textile designs have been created by young people inspired by cultural identity, global citizenship and consumption.

Mughal Minatures

Mughal Miniatures is an upbeat and fun outdoor performance, with performers in sumptuous costumes creating vibrant and colourful mini worlds of dance, music and puppetry. A series of pop-up, living pictures evoke scenes of Indian princely courts and lush gardens, and the glory of the Mughal period with a contemporary twist, undercutting expectations and delighting and surprising passers-by.

Mughal Minatures
Family Workshops

Family Workshops

Visit our Culture Land family workshops with traditional arts from Poland, Africa, India, Romania and Japan. Get hands on and take home your very own Mela creation while learning about cultures.

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