Belfast Children's Festival 2018

Description

Come celebrate the 20th birthday of Belfast Children's Festival and enjoy the very best international and local arts experiences for children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Dive into the packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

Artists from all over Europe, including Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, along with home-grown talent will be presenting shows and interactive experiences in venues and locations across Belfast. There will also be a series of relaxed performances.

The festival also offers a diverse programme aimed at adults, professional arts practitioners and those working and studying in related fields.

To view the whole programme of events, please visit www.youngatart.co.uk

Venue

Young at Art
Cotton Court
Belfast
BT1 2ED
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Dates

9 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018
(Check local listings for starting times)

Price

Prices vary

Venue website

www.youngatart.co.uk

Map

Venue

Young at Art
Cotton Court
Belfast
BT1 2ED
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Dates

9 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018
(Check local listings for starting times)

Price

Prices vary

Venue website

www.youngatart.co.uk

Festival Events

Penguins

9 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018

Roy and Silo are two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguin pairs at Central Park Zoo, they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try to hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure... Read More ›

Dance Exposed

10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

Dance Exposed brings you up close to dance performance, so close you could reach out and touch the performers. Expect amazing moves and fast paced action in this new work for public space commissioned by Maiden Voyage from acclaimed Scottish... Read More ›

Miracoco Luminarium

9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

The Miracoco Luminarium is a monumental walk-in sculpture that invites visitors to explore a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes in an unforgettable sensory experience of light, sound and colour.

Since 1992, more than three... Read More ›

The Assistant's Revenge

9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

A phone rings in the dead of night. Sam Sullivan, a small-time Private Eye, hears a frightened voice on the end of the line: 'Someone's trying to kill me'.

The voice leads him to a strange travelling show at the edge of town where he... Read More ›

Horses

9 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

Horses is a dance performance with an untameable energy, in which five children and five adults meet.

It is about wanting to be a grown-up and wanting to remain a child, about power and vulnerability, about carrying and being carried,... Read More ›

Volume Control

9 Mar 2018

Volume Control is an events and industry youth mentoring project that aims to inspire young people aged 14-19 to develop their own enterprise in the music and events industry.

This is the first gig organised by the most recent cohort of... Read More ›

I Think I Will Tell You About My Dream

9 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018

This exhibition celebrates an artistic collaboration between families from MUMO and illustrator Duncan Ross, who together used drawing and dialogue to explore their relationship with place.

In preparing for the exhibition, the... Read More ›

Pilgrims, Princesses and Beardy Old Men

9 Mar 2018 - 21 Apr 2018

Internationally acclaimed children's book illustrator and Laureate na nÓg (Ireland's Children's Literature Laureate) PJ Lynch returns to his hometown with this exhibition of beautiful drawings from his award winning books. Children are invited... Read More ›

Sensescapes

10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

Part performance, part sensory experience, Sensescapes is an installation-based interactive and multi-sensory experience and dance performance for babies aged 3-18 months and their carers.

Created by Stockholm based choreographer Dalija... Read More ›

The Big Picture

10 Mar 2018 - 14 Mar 2018

Belfast born illustrator and current Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch, has chosen the theme 'The Big Picture' to be his legacy project.

It will focus on the art of illustration and visual storytelling that celebrates children's literature and... Read More ›

The Big Botanic Birthday Bash

10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

You are invited to the 20th birthday party of the Belfast Children's Festival!

Come and celebrate at the Big Botanic Birthday Bash, which will be jam-packed with fun family activities over the festival weekend, including free children's... Read More ›

EGG-tion Hero

10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

EGG-tion Hero is a hilarious half hour site-specific theatre performance for toddlers and their parents.

Imagine an action movie, set in a museum gallery, starring one of the most boring action heroes ever: an egg that no-one is allowed... Read More ›

PJ Lynch Lecture

10 Mar 2018

PJ Lynch returns to his hometown to reflect on his career.

From his schooldays at St. Malachy's, he charts how his dream of becoming an artist was realised. PJ is Ireland's serving Laureate na nÓg (Children's Literature Laureate), and... Read More ›

Long Way North

10 Mar 2018

When Russian teenager Sasha's explorer grandfather mysteriously goes missing on his latest expedition, she embarks on an epic adventure to find him and his lost ship, the Davai.

Long Way North is screening as part of the 20th Belfast... Read More ›

Acoustic Picnic

10 Mar 2018

Acoustic Picnic is a family friendly afternoon of live music, crafts, games and activities for children. Enjoy an afternoon of live music from local artists and relax with a cup of coffee while the children play. Families are welcome to bring... Read More ›

How To Catch A Star

10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Téatar do Pháistí are proud to... Read More ›

Scratchworks

10 Mar 2018

Scratchworks offers a chance to see new and innovative performance work at the very first stages of development, and is curated by Richard Croxford.

David Morgan, Claire McMahon, Maria Connolly and Sarah Gordon are this year's selected... Read More ›

Pink & Blue

10 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018

Is it true that girls and boys are so different?

Three clowns explore and play with what it means to be a boy or a girl... or maybe both... or maybe neither! With silliness and fun, this show aims to find out if we can all be who we want... Read More ›

Book Clinic

11 Mar 2018

Are you a young reader? Are you looking for a new series to delve into? Are you 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 Book Clinic is... Read More ›

Your Little Tiny Welcome to the Great Big Whole Wide World

11 Mar 2018

Patrick Sanders was a unique artist whose view of the world is captured in this gorgeous book for babies.

This beautiful book of extraordinary illustrations and quirky thoughts was commissioned from Patrick Sanders as part of Belfast... Read More ›

Babies

11 Mar 2018

This documentary simultaneously plunges us into the heart of four different cultures and seizes the most touching, funny, unique and universal moments of the first months of life, following Ponijao from Namibia; Bayarjargal from Mongolia; Mari... Read More ›

Pigeon & Plum's Vaudeville Cabaret

11 Mar 2018

Following last year's sellout show, The Black Box welcome back Paul Currie's merry band of misfits.

MC Peregrine Ravenguard shall once more preside over a dazzling display of variety artistes such as jugglers, contortionists, acrobats,... Read More ›

The Man With The Chocolate Beard

11 Mar 2018

The Man With The Chocolate Beard is a work-in-progress sharing of a children's opera in one act.

Greg Caffrey is a Belfast-based composer of contemporary music. His children's opera, 'The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse', which... Read More ›

Mini Mid-Week Magic

14 Mar 2018

The grown-up version of Mid-Week Magic has been packing out the Green Room every month for seven years, so once a year Seedhead Arts put together a special version for Belfast Children's Festival.

They'll wheel out four of the best... Read More ›

What Is Normal Anyway?

11 Mar 2018

Join The MAC after Amadan Ensemble's 'Pink and Blue' to discuss how modern versions of family and gender are represented and portrayed onstage in performance work for young audiences.

Eilidh MacAskill is a live artist and theatre maker... Read More ›