Belfast Children’s Festival – 8 to 13 Mar

Belfast Children’s Festival turns 21!

A roller-skating soldier, a magic bear, and dancing aliens are a snapshot of some of the delights that will appear at this year’s 21st annual Belfast Children’s Festival, where the theme is ‘Our Place in the World’.

From Friday 8 to Wednesday 13 March, the Belfast Children’s Festival promises a wonderful mix of theatre, dance, comedy, music, visual arts and literature for families. International artists, along with home-grown talent, will be presenting over 90 shows and interactive experiences in venues and locations across the city.

From the powerful Oorlog (War), to the madcap exploits of Expedition Peter Pan, from Cahoots NI’s charming adaptation of Jon Agee’s Milo’s Hat Trick, to the hilarious The Alien’s Guide To Dance Gone Wrong from Maiden Voyage Dance, there really is something for everyone.

On Saturday 9 March the inSPIREd family fun day will be bursting with exciting activities across the Cathedral Quarter including a one-off special Baby Rave ‘Rave in the Nave’ in Belfast Cathedral, free children’s art workshops exploring home and the urban landscape around us, DJ workshops with Bounce Culture, Acoustic Picnic in Oh Yeah Music Centre, digital animation with Can Do Academy, augmented reality workshops with Art Cart, theatre workshops with Northern Ireland Opera, and more, sure to create many unforgettable shared experiences for all the family!

Belfast Children’s Festival has become one of the largest children’s arts festivals on the island of Ireland and the UK, attracting over 31,000 people last year.

There is a lot to choose from, so whether you have a toddler or a teen, it’s worth checking out the full programme.


Ticket prices vary, £3-£10, with many events free. Online booking is open 24/7.

The Box Office phone line is open 10am-2pm, Monday – Friday, T: 02890243042.

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Please note that there is also a Festival Education Programme for schools at Belfast Children’s Festival. With a host of exceptional international and local performances, it promises to be the perfect outing for school groups, for ages 2- 16. We offer discounted tickets and classroom resources linked to the curriculum.
Take advantage of our special discounted schools rate of £5 per ticket. For every 10 tickets purchased 1 is free!

Some shows are selling out. To read about the latest shows and events for schools please visit

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