Belfast Children’s Festival is delighted to kick off their jam-packed programme for eight days starting today, 7th March.
Belfast will be home to one of the largest programmes of arts and creativity for children in the UK and Ireland.
Artists are visiting from countries all over Europe, including France, Spain, Sweden and Germany, to perform for NI audiences. Highlights of the international programme will include Sienta La Cabeza, a group from Barcelona who combine fantasy hair and make-up with a funky musical groove, winners of the Prix D’Assistej 2013, the Carrasco Dance Company with the powerful Bartolomeo dance piece and winner of the Best Small Show at Feten 2013, A Mano.
Once again the association of Theatre for Young Audiences NI (TYA NI) will present a vibrant programme of theatre for all ages. Audiences will be inspired by all that is happening right here in Northern Ireland with contributions from Cahoots NI, Replay Theatre Company, Maiden Voyage Dance, Banyan Theatre Company and Barnstorm Theatre Company. There will also be the opportunity to catch previews of new performances in development, including work by Jude Quinn and Pop Art Productions.
There will be musical performances in association with Moving on Music from from Petunia and the Vipers and Nico and Martin, and a strong programme of events encouraging interactive participation, including Baby Chill , set within an out of this world inflatable and super soft atmospheric space for parents and babies aged 0-18 months, and Big Ears, a unique exploration of music , sound and technology with the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University.
Young at Art are also pleased to launch The Office of Important Art, an open space based in CastleCourt Shopping Centre. It is a free, drop-in space every day during the festival where families of all ages can come, relax and try out different activities. No bookings necessary.
This year’s festival contains a stronger-than-ever visual arts programme, highlighting suitable exhibitions all over the city.
Further information and Tickets on sale at www.belfastchildrensfestival.com or by calling the Box Office on 028 9024 3042.