BELFAST MELA

World of Words

Where cultures come together through storytelling, writing, theatre and discussion.

World of Words is an area of the Mela where your imagination can run wild. Whether it be globally inspired stories for young people, inspirational and conversation and discussion or creative thinking, we are sure you will love our line up of local and international artists and speakers.

 

Location: Writers Square

What's On

Tales from Masako Carey

Tales from Masako Carey

Masako is an Interpreter, Cultural Trainer, Storyteller, Crafter(Origami) from Japan who has a wealth of experience in traditional Japanese Folklore. Join us for stories from the Japanese tradition for people of all ages.

1.00pm

Ceol na Sióg with Gráinne Holland

The fairies are inviting you to visit the magical world around us: the natural world. You’ll find them among the flowers, hiding in tops of the trees, in the shade of the full moon or under the waves. The fairies are waiting to share their magical songs with you. Ceol na Sióg, which means the music of the fairies, is a collection of 13 children’s songs written in Irish by Gráinne Holland about the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Published by An tSnatháid Mhór, the book has been beautifully illustrated by Mr Ando. Join Gráinne and her band as they perform songs from Ceol na Sióg. You will also have a chance to get a copy of this beautiful Book/ CD

1.30pm

Ceol na Sióg with Gráinne Holland
Stories from Nandi Jola

Stories from Nandi Jola

Nandi Jola is a poet, storyteller and playwright. She was born in South Africa and grew up under the apartheid regime. Resilient and defiant, Nandi started writing poetry at the age of fourteen. She founded the ‘nandijproject’ in 2010 with the vision to tackle women trafficking and sexual exploitation. She is back to perform at Mela 2021 and is one of our most loved storytellers.

2.00pm

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Sit down at our table where Alice in Wonderland meets Mela in this fun, interactive storytelling tea party. Suitable for children 12yrs & under, children are welcome to come in fancy dress or wear their favourite mad hat. We will have global stories from the Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter and ‘Mad Hat Making’ workshops with the March Hare. Tea Party themed children’s snacks also included

2.00pm & 3.00pm

Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Land of Many Rivers

Land of Many Rivers

British Indian storyteller Peter Chand is one of Europe’s most renowned storytellers and is in constant demand for his colourful tales from the subcontinent. For this bespoke performance developed by ArtsEkta, Peter Chand and Grainne have collaborated to create a piece of music and storytelling- ‘Land of Many Rivers’. The title is drawn from the meaning of Panjabi- land of the 5 rivers, and the strong connection with Belfast (which means ‘mouth of the river’ in the Irish language) and the connections of myths and legends to water as the source of all life.

2.45pm

Tales from Eamon Keenan

Eamonn is an Irish Storyteller. Come away, come away, come away to hear stories of heroes, the fairies, ghosts, witches, death and love. Eamonn’s way of telling stories is engaging, gentle, dramatic, fun, emotive and filled with the values of love, humour and wonder. He has an ability to connect ancient myths and folk stories to the seasons, landscape, places, relationships and modern day realities

3.55pm

Tales from Eamon Keenan
Still I Rise

Still I Rise

Join Still I Rise as they use storybooks as a way to celebrate our differences, promote diversity and have great conversations. Anna & Orla will be reading tales in our tipi on themes of diversity suitable for children. Stories are a safe place to explore big topics and the space Orla and Anna have created is a warm and fun one!

4.25pm

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Grandmothers ‘Babcia’ by Kasia Lech

There is no superhero like a Polish grandmother: Babcia. This session focuses on stories about Polish grandmothers, food they cook, games they play, songs they sing, and daily miracles they perform. Performed by Kasia Lech, a multilingual actor, storyteller, puppeteer,…

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Grandmothers ‘Babcia’ by Kasia Lech

Success through Equality

ArtsEkta presents in partnership with JoinHer Network a live panel discussion to hear leaders address the existing diversity in local communities, the importance of inclusion and steps to be taken towards a fairer and more equal society.   This event…

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Success through Equality

Master Davey & The Magic Tea House

Storyteller Eamonn Keenan reads ‘Master Davey & The Magic Tea House, the Legend of the Blue Tiger’ by Susan Chodakiewitz and David De Candia. Suitable for children, families and the young at heart. Make an iced tea with the kids…

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Master Davey & The Magic Tea House

Family Story Time with Liz Weir

Liz Weir is a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland. She was the first winner of the International Story Bridge Award from the National Storytelling Network, USA, which cited her “exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling”. In this story…

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Family Story Time with Liz Weir

The Wood of Whispers

Check out one of the winning stories from our World of Words storytelling competition by the 18+ category. Lora finds herself in the Woods of Whispers where she stumbles upon a clearing. She is frozen in place and hears voices…

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The Wood of Whispers

Perfecting your Poetry

Clara Rose Thornton is a spoken word artist, culture journalist and broadcaster. Her work focuses on the arts and their intersection with social justice, identity politics, history, and place. Hone the creation of an original piece to be performed vocally…

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Perfecting your Poetry

Stories of Struggle and Hope

Join Mara the Storyteller and Nandi Joli as they discuss stories of struggles & hope. Mara draws on her rich, dual Kenyan/Scottish cultural heritage, exploring contemporary issues through legend, myth and fantasy. Nandi is a writer, poet and motivational speaker….

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Stories of Struggle and Hope

Plúra Lúra agus na Bopóga

Don’t miss Plúra Lúra, Little Nóra and all their friends with their songs, stories and poems. Well known Irish language nursery rhymes such as ‘Put Your Hands Up’ and ‘Lovely Little Teddy Bear’ are sung beautifully throughout the show by…

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Plúra Lúra agus na Bopóga

The Garden of Hopes

Become a Hope Hunter and join us in the ‘Garden of Hopes’ an online immersive storytelling adventure for ages 5 plus. From mermaids to sprites each character in the garden uses an enchanting mix of storytelling, song and mindfulness tools…

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The Garden of Hopes

Ten x 9

Ten x 9 is a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their own life. Everybody has a story; ordinary stories, extraordinary stories, stories that delight, entertain, educate, stories that…

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Ten x 9

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