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20 Years Young!

Thursday 11th January 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments Dance , Drama , Craft , Literature , Music & Opera , Visual Arts , Youth Arts

Ursula Henderson (Translink), Roisín McDonough (Chief Executive Arts Council of Northern Ireland), Eibhlín de Barra (Director Young at Art) and performers Keith Singleton and Jazzmin McClur Image: Ursula Henderson (Translink), Roisín McDonough (Chief Executive Arts Council of Northern Ireland), Eibhlín de Barra (Director Young at Art) and performers Keith Singleton and Jazzmin McClur

Young at Art celebrates turning 20 with a bumper 20th Belfast Children’s Festival programme.

A monumental walk-in sculpture, the world’s smallest action hero, penguins, a 4-legged clothes monster, a man with a chocolate beard, and a boy on a quest to make friends with a star are a small snapshot of some of the delights that will appear at this year’s 20th annual Belfast Children’s Festival where the theme is Family.

From Friday 9 to Wednesday 14 March, more than 110 events will take place in 14 locations across the city. Belfast Children’s Festival has become one of the largest children’s arts festivals on the island of Ireland and the UK, attracting just under 30,000 people last year.

Eibhlín de Barra, Director Young at Art, unveiled the packed programme at Belfast City Hall.

"The 2018 Belfast Children's Festival celebrates our 20th birthday in style, with a wide and wonderful mix of theatre, dance, comedy, music, visual arts and literature for all the family. From the exquisite Horses from world-renowned kabinet k, to the madcap exploits of Egg-tion Hero, from Branar's beautiful adaptation of Oliver Jeffers How to Catch a Star, to the heart-warming tale of Penguins, and the welcome return to Belfast of Architects of Air's magnificent Luminarium, there really is something for everyone. And on top of it all we're throwing a giant birthday party across the festival weekend, so come on down and join in!"

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is principal funder of Young at Art, and thanks to public and National Lottery funds, Young at Art is able to programme and deliver a wide range of artistic content, education & engagement programmes and professional development throughout the year.

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive Arts Council of Northern Ireland, congratulated Young at Art on its long history of achievement in engaging children of all backgrounds and circumstances in the arts.

“For many children and their families, the Belfast Children’s Festival presents the first real opportunity to experience live, professional arts, by world-class artists and performers. We are proud to have supported Young at Art over the past 20 years, as champions of the rights of all children and young people to have access to excellent creative experiences as an indispensable part of their learning and development.”

The diverse programme of theatre, visual art, music, comedy, dance, literature, workshops and talks are guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. The 20th Belfast Children’s Festival will once again be nourishing the creative minds of children from 0-18 years old and proving why arts and culture are so important for the social, emotional and educational well-being of our children and young people.

Full programme of events available from

This year adults will pay the same price as children, maximum ticket price £10, and many events are free. Many festival events sell out so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to book tickets, visit



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