Belfast Mela

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Culture Land

STEM with Sensata

Join our principal sponsor, Sensata Technologies, as Emily the Engineer takes you on an exciting discovery into the wacky world of science of technology.

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STEM with Sensata

Great Global Treasure Hunt

Calling all culture seekers! It’s time to transform your home into a global treasure trail. Follow our treasure hunt kit packed world inspired activities and cultural learning. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on social media! 

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Great Global Treasure Hunt

Mosaic Making

Artist Fionnuala Lennon is taking you on a tea themed mosaic making journey recycling old and unwanted crockery. The completed art work and footage of the making process will whet your whistles for making your own mosaics.Suitable for children, families…

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Mosaic Making

STEM with Sensata

Join our principal sponsor, Sensata Technologies, as Emily the Engineer takes you on an exciting discovery into the wacky world of science of technology.  

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STEM with Sensata

Beautiful Bulgaria

Learn about the culture, traditions and food of Bulgaria and have a go at creating your very own floral headdress using our step by step guide, and join the Bulgarian Association of Northern Ireland to learn some traditional dance moves.

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Beautiful Bulgaria

Chinatown

Take it on down to Chinatown! Explore the culture and traditions of China, make your own Chinese lantern, have a go at some cooking and learn traditional dance moves.

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Chinatown

Make a Origami Swan

Delve into the ancient traditions of Japan with the paper folding art of Origami. Follow our step by step video for creating your very own Origami masterpiece inspired by animals from around the world. 

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Make a Origami Swan

STEM with Sensata

Join our principal sponsor, Sensata Technologies, as Emily the Engineer takes you on an exciting discovery into the wacky world of science of technology.

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STEM with Sensata

Magical Mexico

Learn about the culture, traditions and food of Mexico and have a go at creating your very own Mexican guitar using our step by step guide, and join Mayte Segura to learn some traditional dance moves.

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Magical Mexico

Rainbow Rangoli

Join local visual artist Elaine Taylor with a team of local artists as they take over Botanic Gardens to create a massive art installation inspired by the ancient Indian rice craft of Rangoli. We would love you to help us…

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Rainbow Rangoli

Taste the World

The Art of Cooking: Looking Beyond the Plate

Get your best cooking skills at the ready with our free recipe book created together with refugees and asylum seekers living in Belfast. Every culture has its favourite recipes, and in this book you’ll find dishes from Syria, Sudan and…

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The Art of Cooking: Looking Beyond the Plate

Tea Leaf Reading

Tea leaf reader Rosie Lee (aka actress Rosie McClelland) delves to the bottom of the cuppas of some of ArtsEkta’s Board and staff for a light hearted look at what the future holds! Run a pot of loose leaf Earl…

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Tea Leaf Reading

Blackfire Artisanal Chilli Sauces

Blackfire Artisan Food is the result of 30 years of global travel and tasting by Belfast native, street artist, grower, sauce alchemist, and chilli fanatic Tim McCarthy. Join Tim to hear about his journeys and tales, and the secrets behind…

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Blackfire Artisanal Chilli Sauces

Tea Talks Series: Sirocco Works

We are pleased to welcome Eric Woods who will discuss the life and achievements of Sir Samuel Davidson, founder of the Sirocco Works. In 1863 Samuel Davidson travelled to India, at the tender age of 17, to grow tea, he…

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Tea Talks Series: Sirocco Works

BBC’s Best Home Cook – Suzie Lee

Suzie is an accountant from Northern Ireland who was crowned BBC’s Best Home Cook in 2020. She’s been cooking since she was young when she used to help out in her family’s Chinese takeaway. Her cooking style is hearty family…

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BBC’s Best Home Cook – Suzie Lee

Virtual Belfast Oyster Experience

The Belfast Oyster Experience are passionate about local food, and especially the classic pairing of Guinness and Oysters. The experience is hosted by husband and wife, Lee and Aoife, and showcases the best local and sustainable produce Belfast has to…

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Virtual Belfast Oyster Experience

Bia Rebel

Bia Rebel is Northern Ireland’s only real ramen shop, serving handmade noodles and delicious broth made from the best local ingredients. Join owner Brian Donnelly as he gives you a guided demonstration into the traditions of ramen.

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Bia Rebel

Into the Wild: Tea Foraging Walk

Journey into Belfast woodlands with Clare McQuillan, a freelance chef and foraging guide based in East Belfast. Through her educational foraging walks Clare hopes to show off the best seasonal and sustainable wild ingredients and also demonstrate how to make…

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Into the Wild: Tea Foraging Walk

The Tale of Suki Tea

Belfast Boutique Loose Leaf Tea Blender, Suki Tea, first set up in 2005 by business partners Anne Irwin and Oscar Woolley, ethically source and blend loose leaf teas, herbal infusions and fruit blends from all over the world. Hear more…

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The Tale of Suki Tea

Make Your Own Mango Lassi

Join the founder of the Belfast Mela, Nisha Tandon, as she prepares the exotic Indian summer drink of Mango Lassi in the tropical surroundings of The Palm House at Botanic Gardens. U105 presenter Carolyn Stewart will talk to Nisha about…

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Make Your Own Mango Lassi

World of Wellbeing

Forever Living

Join Aine French to hear more about Forever Living – a global company running 42 years in 160 countries. A business opportunity with Forever Living’s exclusive health and beauty products, gives you the opportunity to achieve greater wellness and better…

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Forever Living

Norwex by Carolyn O’Neill

Norwex’s mission is to radically reduce chemicals within the home and in our personal care. In this video they will demo their most popular package, the Safe Haven 5. The starting point for a Norwex journey to reduce chemicals. Norwex…

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Norwex by Carolyn O’Neill

Tai Chi with Fiona

Qigong (“Chee-gong”) are mind, body, movement practices originating from China. Qigong is growing in popularity because it’s simple and easy to do, with a number of health benefits including pain reduction, helping anxiety, sleep, and improving fitness. Fiona will show…

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Tai Chi with Fiona

Alison’s Head to Toe Therapies

Alison will take you through some relaxation techniques, whilst demonstrating a simple yet effective hand massage. During the routine she will cover some pressure points that can be used to help ease anxiety, headaches and sinuses.

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Alison’s Head to Toe Therapies

Sound Bath with Tessa

Tessa Ann guides you into relaxation for this Sound Bath Experience, during which she plays a range of instruments including crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, gongs and voice.  An experience to relax and re-energise.   Please listen with headphones at a safe…

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Sound Bath with Tessa

Tropic Skincare

Mel demonstrates a facial using Tropic’s multi award winning products with amazing healing properties. 100% natural, vegan approved, cruelty free, Tropic Skincare is the fastest growing beauty brand in the UK for the past 4 years and 1st company in…

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Tropic Skincare

Yoga with Lisa

Lisa is a traditional yoga teacher and owner of The Temple Studio and MXC Comber. Lisa introduces zero-resistance techniques that are suitable for all levels. The focus of this practice is about conserving energy, whilst helping to release any accumulated stress in the spine,…

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Yoga with Lisa

World of Words

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

World Stage

South Asian Dance Academy

No Mela is complete with a spectacular festival finale from the South Asian Dance Academy. Choreographed by the wonderful Jayne McIlveen, get ready for colourful costume, energetic moves and colourful Bollywood sounds.

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South Asian Dance Academy

Anna’s Number

After beginning their journey busking on the streets of Belfast Anna’s Number have continued their journey of becoming the forefront of youth-inspired funk music in the country.  If you like to dance, Anna’s Number is the perfect band for you! 

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Anna’s Number

Los Dramaticos

Fronted by Paddy & Victor, who hail from Northern Ireland and Chile respectively, Los Dramaticos are a hidden gem in our local world music scene. Their eclectic musical past incursions include classical and blues piano, French chanson, Argentinian Tango and…

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Los Dramaticos

Basork

Basork are a fusion group whose compositions are influenced by Irish, European and Middle Eastern sounds. Brass, strings and woodwind combine with hints of jazz, funk and a dose of traditional sounds with big melodies

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Basork

Bulgarian Association of Northern Ireland

Journey with the Chemshir Dance Group into the beauty of Bulgarian culture as they present a mesmerising array traditional folk dance against a beautiful backdrop of greenery.

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Bulgarian Association of Northern Ireland

Magwere

Firm festival favourite Wilson Magwere and his live band bring you a performance that is crackling with energy. Their music is primarily influenced by Zimbabwean rebel music, with elements of funk, reggae & trance also present in the mix. Magwere…

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Magwere

Global Dance Mashup

A very special performance featuring dancers from across the world who have made their home in Northern Ireland. Directed and produced by local dancer Dona Das Gupta, and shot at popular locations across Belfast, enjoy dancers from Northern Ireland, Columbia,…

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Global Dance Mashup