Belfast Children's Festival is an annual international festival for children aged 0 - 14 years and their accompanying adults. Events take place both in and out of school time for schools, groups and families to attend.

Formerly  the Young at Art Festival, it began it’s life in 1998. Over the years the breadth, diversity and imagination of its programme has attracted praise and support from the general public, schools, and from artists and other festivals both locally and internationally.

What's On at the Festival

  • Sun 08 Mar 2015

    Festival in a day

    Belfast Waterfront in association with Young at Art

    A multitude of events and free activities all under one roof.

  • Sun 08 Mar 2015

    World Tales

    Niall De Burca

    Renowned for his captivating and enthralling tales, in this performance Niall weaves characters and magic through stories from across the globe.

  • Sun 08 Mar 2015

    The Three Little Pigs

    Quercus Ensemble

    A musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous tale by composer Paul Patterson that switches between music and rhyme narratives.

  • Sun 01 Mar 2015 to Fri 13 Mar 2015

    Meat Clunk

    Golden Thread Gallery

    This exhibition explores the relationship between humans and machines.

  • Fri 06 Mar 2015 to Fri 13 Mar 2015

    Office of Important Art

    Young at Art

    The Office will be open again for business during festival with a host of free, drop-in activities for families to explore their creativity.

  • Wed 11 Mar 2015 to Thu 12 Mar 2015

    Katie's Birthday Party

    Mary-Frances Doherty and Young at Art

    You are invited to celebrate Katie's 12th birthday as she explores what it's like to be 12 years old and moving from primary to secondary school

  • Fri 06 Mar 2015 to Fri 13 Mar 2015

    Citizen of the world, now

    Young at Art

    18 panels illustrated by 18 international artists containing 18 rights inspired by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Sun 08 Mar 2015

    Pre-Teenage Kicks

    Seedhead Arts

    An evening of live bands designed to let you and your pre-teens let your hair down and rock out. 

  • Sun 08 Mar 2015

    Baby Rave

    Young at Art

    A fun-filled disco for babies and parents with non-stop music, colourful visuals and dance facilitators to help your babies enjoy the beats.

  • Wed 11 Mar 2015

    Mini Magic Club

    Seedhead Arts

    Expert magicians will thrill you with their skills on the stage as well as showing you some close-up tricks.

  • Sat 07 Mar 2015 to Fri 13 Mar 2015

    Happy Glimmer


    A fascinating production of optical illusions and magical mechanics that transform mundane machines into moving pictures.

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