from St Anne's

Cathedral helps launch Children’s Festival

Belfast Cathedral was delighted to host the launch of the 21st annual Belfast Children's Festival on Wednesday January 9.

This is an international festival for children aged 0 - 17 years and their accompanying adults. The festival runs from Friday March 8 until Wednesday March 13, and events take place both in and out of school time allowing schools, groups and families to attend.

Festival organisers Young at Art announced a host of exceptional international and local performances in a packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

A roller-skating soldier, a magic bear, and dancing aliens are just some of the delights that will appear at this year’s festival, where the theme is ‘Our Place in the World’.

Young at Art is dedicated to enriching the lives of children in Northern Ireland through the arts. Established in 1998, it now engages with more than 50,000 children and adults annually through the festival, engagement programmes, the Young at Art Events agency, professional training, and support for developing theatre for young audiences.

This 21st festival features a wide ranging programme which you can visit HERE.

Special guests at the launch on January 9 included Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey and Roisin McDonagh, Director of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Belfast Cathedral will be hosting one really wonderful event during the festival - a Baby Rave in the Nave on March 9!

This fun-filled rave is designed especially for the under 4s. A team of friendly and energetic dance leaders will be encouraging parents and babies to dance and explore rhythm and music. Fun for babies and grown-ups!