Last Wednesday my littlest and myself headed into the Big smoke for the launch of the Belfast Children’s Festival 2016. The festival has always been something of great interest to me – back in the day, before the kiddiewinks came along I did a masters in Early Years Education, with a couple of those modules focusing on creativity in the early years. It was something which really inspired me as a teacher, and even more so now as a mummy. I truly believe that creativity is so, so important – vital in fact and no more so than when we are young and uninhibited. I was so delighted at the launch to listen to folk who shared that same passion, seeking the inclusion of, “the ultimate commodity of modern times” : creativity in the curriculum.
Young at Art is excited to announce the line-up for the 18th annual Belfast Children’s Festival (4-9 March 2016). Families are invited to come along, look at, make and talk about the very best art for children and young people aged 0-14 years old in a wide variety of art forms, music, dance, theatre and visual arts from all over the world.
There is lots of events taking place throughout the festival. Since coming home from the lauch, I have highlighted a few things on our calendar which we would like to get along to. For example, everyone loves a big day out, right? And this year the festival has designed two ‘BIG FESTIVAL DAYS OUT’ on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March, the festival has teamed with partner venues to offer jam-packed family –fun programmes. This year families are encouraged to take a ‘creative journey’ to the festival with discounted tickets to Belfast via Translink, then downloading our travel activity pack with suggested fun on the journey and visit our website to plot a festival itinerary and avail of an online early bird ticket offer. Big Festival Days Out hubs will be located at the MAC, Strand Arts Centre (5 March) and the Lyric and Duncairn Arts Centre (6 March).
Festival Director Ali Fitz Gibbon explains;
‘Young at Art produces this festival each year because it believes the arts are an intrinsic part of how our children and our society understand, grow, imagine and innovate. Experiencing something creative is about going on a journey as far as you can dream. Whether it’s reading a story, seeing an exemplary performance, looking at artwork, the arts offer children an inspirational roadmap through which they can navigate the universe, comprehend everything in it and imagine anything that could happen in the future.’
Tickets are now on sale. For more information and to download a copy of the programme see www.youngatart.co.uk or call 028 9024 3042.