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Young at Art is Northern Ireland’s leading children’s arts provider.

Established in 1998 as the creator of the region’s first international arts festival for children and young people, Young at Art has grown to deliver a year-round programme of activity that encourages children and young people under 18 to enjoy the arts. It is home to the annual Belfast Children's Festival, Young at Art Events and Fighting Words Belfast creative writing centre.  
Young at Art creates and curates exceptional arts experiences for children and young people, and the adults in their lives throughout the year. It connects children and young people to creative pathways that open up a world of possibilities for them. It provides arts engagement programmes and activities for schools, community groups and families carefully designed to unlock creativity and it is proud to lead the way as a catalyst for creative approaches to continuing professional development training for arts practitioners, teachers and other professionals who work with children and young people.
The Belfast Children’s Festival is now, in terms of footfall, the largest on the island of Ireland and one of the largest in the UK.  The 21st edition takes place Friday 8 to Wednesday 13 March 2019.
The dates have been released for the next two years, so you can add them to your diary now:
  • Friday 6 to Wednesday  11 March 2020
  • Friday 5 to  Wednesday 10 March 2021
Visit the website to find out more about the schools and community engagement programmes, free creative writing workshop with Fighting Words Belfast, professional training, and hiring the events agency for your event. You can also check out the latest What’s On to find out what family events are happening throughout the year across Northern Ireland.
Young at Art believes passionately that every child should have the right to access exciting and original creative experiences, regardless of who they are or where they come from.
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Young at Art
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Cotton Court
30 - 42 Waring Street,
Belfast.
BT1 2ED

Top Reasons To Visit

  • One of the top children's arts providers in UK/Ireland
  • High quality original arts experiences
  • Suitable for families, schools and youth groups
  • Popular - over 35,000 attend the annual festival
  • International, working with artists around the world

Volume Control

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Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 7:00pm

A special gig showcasing amazing young upcoming musicians, in a gig organised for young people by young people!

location_on Oh Yeah Music Centre
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Belfast Children's Festival 2019

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Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 9:00am See All Dates (6)

Enjoy the very best international and local arts experiences for children and young people in Belfast Children's Festival's 21st edition.

location_on Various locations
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Milo’s Hat Trick

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Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 6:30pm See All Dates (5)

Young audiences can expect magic, music and mischief in this delightful adventure from the multi-award winning Cahoots NI, based on the book by Jon Agee, adapte...

location_on Lyric Theatre
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The Alien’s Guide to Dance Gone Wrong

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 2:30pm See All Dates (4)

Created by renowned choreographer Lea Anderson, with music by Steve Blake, costumes and objects by visual artist Tim Spooner and lighting design by Ciaran Bagna...

location_on MAC
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Expedition Peter Pan

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Wed, 13 Mar 2019, 7:00pm

Plucked from their busy jobs, five adult strangers find themselves in a world of bedside tables and night-lights. A world where marbles appear in briefcases, pa...

location_on MAC
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Acoustic Picnic

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 1:00pm

A family-friendly afternoon of live music, crafts, games and activities for children.

location_on Oh Yeah Music Centre
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Baby Daddy

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 11:00am See All Dates (8)

Baby Daddy is a show for babies aged 6-18 months with an all-male cast.

location_on MAC
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Can Do Academy: Claymation Workshop

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 10:00am

Ever fancied trying your hand at Animation? This claymation workshop allows participants to make a complete animated film on an iPad, using sound effects, visua...

location_on MAC
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Da Vinci Day

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Sun, 10 Mar 2019, 1:00pm

Take part in a range of free children's art workshops inspired by the Royal Collection Trust exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing' in the Ulster Mus...

location_on Ulster Museum
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Empowerment

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 2:00pm See All Dates (2)

Presented by Northern Ireland Opera: an interactive theatre workshop for young people aged 8+ to feel energised and empowered!

location_on Belfast Cathedral
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HOME

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Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 10:00am See All Dates (6)

This visual art exhibition is the result of that creative conversation; an investigation of HOME through our children’s eyes.

location_on MAC
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Family Comedy Club

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Mon, 11 Mar 2019, 7:00pm

From the creator of the extremely popular Pigeon and Plum’s Family Vaudeville Cabaret, Paul Currie, comes this brand new family comedy club.

location_on Black Box
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inSPIREd – Family Fun Day in the Cathedral Quarter

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 2:00pm

'Belfast Children's Festival's Big Family Day in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter!

location_on Young at Art
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Loo

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Tue, 12 Mar 2019, 6:30pm

This poetic exploration set around the bow of a sunken boat in a sea of sand, uses evocative music, buried objects and stunning visual effects to give audiences...

location_on MAC
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Ponyo

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 12:00pm

Ponyo is a magical and touching story about the wonder of nature, the power of friendship and the spirit of adventure that lives over and under the sea.

location_on Strand Arts Centre
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Removed

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Thu, 07 Mar 2019, 7:30pm See All Dates (9)

Removed is a funny and moving and shocking insight into the experiences of a young man sharing his story of life in the care of the state.

location_on Queen's University
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Oorlog (War)

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Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 7:00pm See All Dates (3)

Children have their own ideas about war; adults never have any real answers for them. Prompted by this, Theater Artemis take the elusive subject by the horns.

location_on MAC
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Baby Rave – Rave in the Nave

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 10:30am See All Dates (2)

Baby Rave like you’ve never seen it before! Get down to the beats with a fun-filled rave designed especially for the under 4's in the impressive surroundings of...

location_on Belfast Cathedral
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The Musician – A Horror Opera For Children

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Sun, 10 Mar 2019, 7:00pm

Conor Mitchell's darkly comic work retells a familiar story. A boy and his mouse ask 'Who was the Pied Piper?’ and ‘Why did the rats all dance to his tune?'

location_on Queen's University
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The Right Twig Showcase

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Sun, 10 Mar 2019, 7:00pm

A showcase of rehearsed readings with professional directors and actors bringing to life brand-new plays by NI's newest playwrights (aged 14-18).

location_on Lyric Theatre
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Babaithe Cultúir

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Tue, 12 Mar 2019, 10:00am

Join Young At Art for a special festival edition of Babaithe Cultúir (Culture Babies).

location_on Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
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MAC International 2019

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Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 10:00am See All Dates (6)

MAC International is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK.

location_on MAC
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ScratchWorks

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 4:00pm

A chance to see new and innovative performance work at the very first stages of development.

location_on MAC
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International Touring

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Sun, 10 Mar 2019, 2:00pm

A panel discussion focusing on international touring opportunities, including details of practical and financial support available to artists and companies.

location_on Queen's University
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Pitch Perfect

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Mon, 11 Mar 2019, 5:00pm

An opportunity to local artists and companies, emerging and established, to share news of upcoming projects or pitch ideas to a range of potential collaboration...

location_on Queen's University
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