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21st Belfast Children’s Festival 2019


Full programme below!

Check out Scratchworks and a series of FREE industry talks at Belfast Children’s Festival:

Sat 9 March 4pm-6pm

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

Curated by Richard Croxford.

Gary Crossan, Sarah Lyle, Amanda Doherty and Phillip Sacramento are this year’s selected artists. Come along to see a selection of ideas and performance extracts of work still in development by these Northern Irish artists curated through an open call.

Find out more:  https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/scratchworks-1

Theatre For Young Audiences (TYANI) Showcase
Fri 8- Tue 12 March 2019

A showcase of the finest performance work for young audiences being created here in NI.
Delegate Package £70

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/tyani-showcase

Check out a series of FREE industry talks and book your place:

International Touring
Sun 10 March, 2-3pm
Brian Friel Theatre
A panel discussion focusing on international touring opportunities, including details of practical and financial support available to artists and companies. Chaired by Ciaran Walsh (Culture Ireland), with contributions from Boomer Stacey (IPAY), Paul McEneaney (Cahoots NI), Alice McGrath (Red Bridge Arts) & Sophie Hayles (Creative EU).

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/international-touring

Collective Voices, Collective Plays 
Mon 11 March, 2-5pm
Brian Friel Theatre

A special industry symposium on Poly-Vocal Technique in Playwriting and Theatre Making.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/collective-voices-collective-plays

Pitch Perfect
Mon 11 March, 5-6pm
Brian Friel Theatre

An opportunity for local artists and companies to share news of upcoming projects or pitch ideas.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/pitch-perfect

Creative Accounting
Tue 12 March, 2-4pm
Brian Friel Theatre

Explore the challenges of measuring the impact of arts interventions on societal change.


Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/creative-accounting

An Array of our International and Local Theatre Productions to Showcase.

Information below:

From our International Programme:

Theater Artemis (The Netherlands)
Fri 8 March, 7pm
Sat 9 March, 3pm
Sun 10 March, 3pm
Downstairs at The MAC

Duration: 60 minutes
Age: 7+
Tickets: £10

Children have their own ideas about war; however adults never have any real answers for them. Prompted by this, Theater Artemis take the elusive subject by the horns. Expect chaos, roller-skating soldiers, and edge of your seat action! Come and see this powerful and acclaimed performance and decide for yourself!

Dutch publication de Volkskrant, praises Oorlog (War), saying: “Seriousness AND laughter abound in this highly potent and refreshing TYA production that takes war as its theme.” So, bring your family along to something completely different that does not shy away from today’s issues and engages kids in a wholly imaginative way.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/oorlog-war

Ponten Pie and El Mes Petit De Tots (Spain)
Tue 12 March, 6.30pm
Upstairs at The MAC

Duration: 30 minutes

Age: 2-5 years

Tickets: £10

Loo is a hot, dry wind from Asia that comes alive on summer afternoons. This poetic exploration is 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 a first-hand experience of the destructive effect of this wind… and a chance to understand how and why the Loo blows.

As Teresa Ferré writes for Catalan media:  “Emilie de Lemos does a remarkable job of body movement and expressiveness of gesture without ever resorting to overacting.”

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/loo

Expedition Peter Pan
Het Laagland (The Netherlands)
Wed 13 March, 7pm
Downstairs at The MAC

Duration: 65 minutes
Age: 7+
Tickets: £10

Expedition Peter Pan promises a wild adventure of imagination, rediscovery and hilarious surprises in a quirky, high-energy show based on one of our best-loved bedtime stories.

As Paul Cockburn for Broadway Baby magazine writes: “Director Inèz Derksen and co-creator Christian Schönfelder have undoubtedly created a show with genuinely wide appeal: for the adults, there’s the warm nostalgia of childhood fun and games; for children, the never-grows-old spectacle of supposed ‘grown ups’ not acting their age.”

More Information and Bookings Here: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/expedition-peter-pan

From our Local Programme:

Writer Fionnuala Kennedy
Prime Cut Productions (NI)
Brian Friel Theatre, QUB
Thu 7-Sat 16 March, 7:30pm
(parental/carer discretion, contains some strong language)
£10 & £8 (preview/concession)

Removed is a funny, moving and shocking insight into the experiences of a young man sharing his story of life in the care of the state. It has received rave reviews from Prime Cut’s Revealed Showcase that took place at The MAC, 17-19 January 2019.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/removed

The Alien’s Guide to Dance Gone Wrong
Maiden Voyage Dance (Northern Ireland)
Upstairs at The MAC
Sat 9 March 2.30pm, 4pm (RP)
Sun 10 March 2.30pm, 4pm
Duration: 35 minutes
Age: 4+
Tickets:  £10

It’s the future. Aliens are in charge and curious about a thing humans used to do called dancing. But, with no one around to teach them, just how well will they follow the rules and work out the steps? Expect to throw left and right and right and wrong out the window as they make the dance floor their own. Created by choreographer Lea Anderson, with music by Steve Blake, costumes and objects by visual artist Tim Spooner and lighting design by Ciaran Bagnall.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/aliens-guide-dance-gone-wrong

The Right Twig Showcase
Fighting Words Belfast And Lyric Theatre (Northern Ireland)
Sun 10 March 2019, 7pm
Duration 3 hours
Age 14+
FREE (booking essential) 

New theatre by young playwrights.

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

The Right Twig is a series of in-depth workshops bringing together young writers & giving them the chance to learn from theatre artists, see performances & create plays of their own. In a showcase packed with surprises, this is the first collaboration between Fighting Words & Lyric and we can’t wait to show you what grows!

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/right-twig-showcase

The Musician – A Horror Opera For Children
Work in Progress
The Belfast Ensemble (Northern Ireland)
Harty Room, Queen’s University Belfast
Sun 10 March, 7pm
Duration 50 min
Age 6+
Tickets: £5

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?’  In a relaxed concert version, we are pleased to present a work-in-progress sharing of the newly completed edition of this extraordinary cautionary tale, exploring themes of nature, nurture and just desserts!A wonderful window into to the imagination of one of Ireland’s most hair-raising composers!

Find Out More: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/musician

Family Comedy Club
Paul Currie (Northern Ireland)
Mon 11 March, 7pm
Duration 50 minutes
Black Box
Age 6+
Cost: £10

From the creator of the extremely popular Pigeon and Plum’s Family Vaudeville Cabaret comes this brand new family comedy club. Paul Currie will unleash his unique style which fuses traditional stand-up with puppetry, clowning and sheer exuberance.

Something new and refreshing for families that goes straight for the funny bone that we all share.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/family-comedy-club

Baby Rave – Rave in The Nave (SOLD OUT)
Young at Art Events (Northern Ireland)
Belfast Cathedral
Sat 9 10.30am and 12:00pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Age: 0-4
Tickets: £10 (1 adult & 1 baby)

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 Belfast Cathedral. A team of friendly and energetic dance leaders encourage parents and babies to dance and explore rhythm and music. Re-live your dancing days with uplifting tracks you’ll recognise. The babies love it too!

More Information and Bookings Here: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/baby-rave-rave-nave

As part of the Belfast Children’s Festival 2019 there are many more free events, gigs and workshops going on around the city. Read on for a flavour of what’s in store and get ideas of what to bring your family to!

Our Big Family Day Out in the Heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter
Sat 9 March
Cathedral Quarter
All Ages

Take a #creativejourney to Destination CQ! For free, fun family activities for children of all ages. Join us for performances, interactive workshops, story-tellers, face painters, magicians and much more!

Featuring workshops from Can Do Academy, Wheelworks ArtCart, Northern Ireland Opera and Ulster University. And check out the Acoustic Picnic in Oh Yeah Music Centre and visual art exhibition ‘Home’ in The MAC.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/inspired

Volume Control
Oh Yeah Music Centre (Northern Ireland)
Fri 8 March, 2019
Duration 3 hours
Age: 13+
Cost: £5

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.

As the event takes place on International Women’s Day, Oh Yeah Centre are celebrating with an exciting lineup reflecting the diverse and powerful females lighting up our live music scene. 

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/volume-control-0

Acoustic Picnic
Oh Yeah Music Centre (Northern Ireland)
Sat 09 March, 1-4pm
Duration 3 hours
All Ages

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of live music, crafts, games and activities for children.

Relax with a coffee, listen to live music, and take part in fun games and activities. Families are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/acoustic-picnic-0

Mini Moon Disco (sold out)
Sun 10 March, 1-3pm
Duration 2 hours
Black Box
Age: 0-7
Tickets: FREE (booking essential)

If you have a young child with any kind of disability, why not join Mini Moon for an afternoon boogie? The music will be low, there will be coloured lights, bubble machines & moving visuals, soft cushions, sensory toys and lots of dancing and enjoying ourselves.

The Green Room will be open to grab tea, coffee or juice or if you just need to chill out and take a break.

Mini Moon is a free, monthly event supported by BBC Children In Need.

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/mini-moon-disco

Da Vinci Day
Young at Art Events (Northern Ireland)
Sun 10 March, 1pm-5pm
All Ages

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 Museum.

Make dragon masks, flying machines, explore anatomy and much more based on the works of the great master of Italian art!

Find out more: https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/da-vinci-day