Belfast Children's Festival

Description

The annual Belfast Children's Festival is back for the 19th year to light up the city with a colourful array of art and performance to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

From tiny babies to teenagers, there is something for everyone at this year's Belfast Children's Festival from the 10 - 15 March.
 
The festival will include the very best in professional theatre, music, dance and art designed for children from across the globe, including many free workshops, performances and events.
 
Visit www.youngatart.co.uk for more information and tickets.

Venue

Young at Art
Cotton Court
Belfast
BT1 2ED
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Dates

10 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017
(Check local listings for starting times)

Price

Free - £5

Venue website

www.youngatart.co.uk

Map

Venue

Young at Art
Cotton Court
Belfast
BT1 2ED
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Dates

10 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017
(Check local listings for starting times)

Price

Free - £5

Venue website

www.youngatart.co.uk

Festival Events

100 Works

10 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

The first major solo exhibition of Sean Hillen in Northern Ireland. With works dating back the early 1980’s, the exhibition explores the artist’s love of collages and will feature new work. All young art lovers are welcome to come and get... Read More ›

Book Clinic

12 Mar 2017

Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to the book clinic. The doctor will see you shortly.

Parents and children are invited to drop in for an informal... Read More ›

Jazz Improv Workshop

10 Mar 2017 - 11 Mar 2017

Join renowned jazz musicians Steve Davis (drums) and Shane Latimer (guitar) for two informal sessions creating new music, learning about jazz and improvisation with the opportunity to perform alongside these acclaimed musicians in an informal... Read More ›

Chamber Babies

12 Mar 2017

Relaxed, informal concerts designed for babies and adults alike. Walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance or just chill out to a short selection of classical music pieces designed to soothe and enchant babies and parents.

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Junior Street Art Tour

11 Mar 2017

Explore the vibrant backstreets of the Cathedral Quarter, meet some of the artists who have transformed the area and see them at work. Learn about all the different techniques and you might even get to do a bit of street art... Read More ›

Mini Mid-Week Magic

15 Mar 2017

The grown up version has been packing out the Green Room every month for five years, but once a year four of the best magicians to thrill you with their skills on the stage, as well as showing you some close up tricks from the comfort of your... Read More ›

Pigeon and Plum’s Variety Cabaret Circus

12 Mar 2017

MC Peregrine Ravenguard introduces a smorgasboard of variety acts too numerous to mention, jugglers, contortionists, ariel acts, magic, strongmen, comedy, singing, you name it - it’s probably there.

Duration: 60... Read More ›

Baby Rave - Baby Ska

11 Mar 2017 - 12 Mar 2017

A fun-filled disco for parents and babies with non-stop music, colourful visual projections and dance facilitators to help your babies get down to the beat.

Times: 11.15am, 12.45pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm.
Duration: 60... Read More ›

Flights (Vuelos)

14 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

From the company that brought you Constellations, a magical performance of otherworldly characters celebrating the art and innovations of legendary Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. A production that dares you to dream and allows the... Read More ›

Little Ballad for Peu

14 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

Inspired by a poem written by Mafra Gagliardi, the show tells the story of a little creature in its cocoon, coming to life in a light dance.

Performed for early years children, this show tells the story of a little creature in its... Read More ›

Nivelli’s War

10 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

The dramatic story of Ernst, a six-year-old boy evacuated to the countryside from Frankfurt in World War II. When the war ends Ernst finds himself alone with no idea how to get home again. When all seems lost a mysterious stranger comes to his... Read More ›

Spot

14 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

Spot is a friendly and endearing stage light that loves to tell stories. Spot can be the yellow sun, the blue sea or red fire; a balloon, a hoop or nothing at all. But most of all Spot loves to have fun. A magical world of light, sound and... Read More ›

Work in Progress – Hard to be Soft Episode II

12 Mar 2017

An original piece of Northern Irish dance theatre, Sugar Army is a collaboration project between the choreographer Oona Doherty and Ajendance company.

Sugar Army is Episode II of Doherty's 2017 Hard to be Soft series. A Belfast prayer... Read More ›

Black Star Beat Conductors

11 Mar 2017

Kwame Daniels and Thomas Tettey Annang host a meeting of rhythm and bass, not to be missed. This unique workshop will be full west African vibes with you very much at the heart of activity.

Duration: two hours.
Age: 12... Read More ›

I Went to the Supermarket

14 Mar 2017

Paul Howard will host a special interactive workshop including memory games and activities to celebrate the publication of the latest book.

Duration: 60 minutes.
Age: 3-8 years.

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Lost in Narration

10 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

A major new exhibition curated by Manuela Pacella, bringing an exciting group of Italian artists to work in Belfast for the first time. Delving into unknown or overlooked histories to bring forgotten stories and remarkable characters from... Read More ›

Nosferatu

10 Mar 2017 - 12 Mar 2017

Dracula, but not quite as you know it… expect humour, horror and an inventive use of light bulbs, as you are welcomed by Count Orlock – who looks a bit like a bat but also like a garlic clove!

Times:
Friday 10 March:... Read More ›

Infinity and Beyond

12 Mar 2017

Come and enjoy a fascinating look at infinite things – from the infinity of space and the beautiful infinite geometry of fractals to infinite sums that don’t have infinite answers, and an infinity that fits inside a two pence piece.

Did... Read More ›

Woofle

10 Mar 2017 - 12 Mar 2017

A show for all the family about Dan Leith and his dog with lots of silly songs. From chasing bees in the garden to getting very mucky on walks, this show gives you an unusual view of the ups and downs of having a dog as your best... Read More ›

Acoustic Picnic

11 Mar 2017

A family friendly afternoon of live music, crafts, games and activities for children. Relax with coffee, listen to live music, children can take part in games and activities. Families are welcome to bring own picnic lunch.

Duration:... Read More ›

Meta-Perceptual Helmets (11 Mar)

11 Mar 2017

How do you fancy looking through the eyes of an animal? Then make sure to check out Cleary Connolly’s amazing helmets at this year’s festival. Get to gaze as a hammerhead shark, giraffe, Cheshire cat and much more.  

Duration:... Read More ›

Meta-Perceptual Helmets (12 Mar)

12 Mar 2017

How do you fancy looking through the eyes of an animal? Then make sure to check out Cleary Connolly’s amazing helmets at this year’s festival. Get to gaze as a hammerhead shark, giraffe, Cheshire cat and much more.  

Duration:... Read More ›

Meta-Perceptual Helmets at Europa Bus Centre

13 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

How do you fancy looking through the eyes of an animal? Then make sure to check out Cleary Connolly’s amazing helmets at this year’s festival. Get to gaze as a hammerhead shark, giraffe, Cheshire cat and much more.  

Duration:... Read More ›

Meta-Perceptual Helmets (10 Mar)

10 Mar 2017

How do you fancy looking through the eyes of an animal? Then make sure to check out Cleary Connolly’s amazing helmets at this year’s festival. Get to gaze as a hammerhead shark, giraffe, Cheshire cat and much more.  

Duration:... Read More ›

Under Napoleon’s Nose

10 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

An exhibition exploring a child’s eye view of the city. Ann Donnelly used photography to start conversations with P4 children from Cliftonville Integrated Primary School about their local environment, inspiring artwork that is strongly... Read More ›

Scratchworks

12 Mar 2017

An evening of exciting, innovative Scratch performance works in progress sharing from five NI artists and companies selected by open call.

This event is suitable for ages 16+.

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From Stage to Page

15 Mar 2017

Ever wondered what makes a great review?

Join leading journalist and theatre critic Helen Meany (Irish Times, Irish Theatre Magazine, Variety, theartsdesk.com and The Guardian) to look at how to approach critical appraisal of live... Read More ›

Moonshine and Miracles

13 Mar 2017

Children's Laureate PJ Lynch discusses his career in illustration.

An illustrated lecture for adults, in association with Ulster University Festival of Art and Design.

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Creative Workshop - Lego City Work

11 Mar 2017

'Lego City' creative building workshop and 3D vertical reality headsets to inspire the kids on their awesome city builds!

The kids will be transported across the globe to explore different types of cities. They will also enjoy Lego... Read More ›

Pom Poko (1994)

11 Mar 2017

Japanese animation with introduction. Shape-shifting raccoons band together to save their forest homeland from the bulldozers of greedy land developers trying to extend the city. The film begins with an introduction about cities and the... Read More ›