Edinburgh - Fantasy Forest
|Event Title||Fantasy Forest|
|Address||Pilrig Street, Edinburgh|
|Ages||2 to 11|
|Dates||Fri 7 Aug 2009 to Sun 9 Aug 2009|
|Times||12noon - 7.30pm|
|Prices||Free for under 12s|
A fantasy forest, which celebrates traditional arts and crafts from around the world, will be the hub for childrenâ€™s activities at this yearâ€™s Edinburgh Mela for young children and families.
The Edinburgh Puppet Lab will be performing its Forest Creatures puppet show throughout the weekend â€“August 8 and 9 from 12.20pm to 5pm. Children of all ages and adults are encouraged to attend this show.
â€śThere will be a dedicated childrenâ€™s marquee just at the entrance to the Mela Festival at Pilrig Park. Inside there will be an arts and crafts activity area to explore alongside an active workshop space. All will be themed to resemble a forest of twisted trees, with birdsong and other sounds of nature helping to create an authentic atmosphere.â€ť
The three countries featured will provide a range of opportunities including:
â€˘ Pakistan: Paper flower making, Traditional fabric painting, Handicrafts from Baluchistan and henna hand painting
â€˘ China: Lantern making, nature inspired calligraphy and making colourful dragonflies using the ancient art of Chinese Knotting
â€˘ Nepal: Leaf painting with real Peepal leaves brought fresh from the Himalayas, Buddhist Thangka Art , Kite making from re-cycled materials , learn how to make Nepali -style natural bowls and dishes from native Scottish leaves and help the Ghurkhas build a Yak herders hut (a Goth)
The forest Hub will be open to the public both Saturday and Sunday from 12noon until 7.30pm at which there will also be a changing programme of 30 minute music and dance workshops.
Over the weekend there will be a wealth of hands on and participatory activities on offer for children from 2 -11 yr olds.