Alongside the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we’re investing £900,000 in seven big, bold and ambitious cultural projects.
Our aim is to give everyone in Belfast the opportunity to take part in high-quality culture inspired by our rich heritage.
The seven Creative Belfast projects are described below.
River Farset gave Belfast its name, but today, it has largely been
built over and forgotten. A partnership between Cultúrlann and Spectrum
Centre, the Farset Project will return the river to the heart of
Belfast through creative workshops, heritage digs, public art and a spectacular showcase event on 30 May 2016.
The Belfast Opera
Buildings Trust and NI Opera are developing Belfast’s first chamber
opera themed around the city’s industrial heritage. With performances running from Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 June 2016, there
will be lots of opportunities to get involved, whether you’re a budding
singer or a set designer or simply want to share your stories of your
city through reminiscence and storytelling workshops.
Belfast Carnival Village
On 25 June 2016, Beat Carnival will create a festive carnival village in
Ormeau Park from 12 noon - 6pm. The village will be home to reproductions of famous
Belfast landmarks, such as the Albert Clock and Harland and Wolff’s
Samson and Goliath cranes, brought to life with a programme of samba,
circus, drumming and other carnival arts.
The Belfast Tempest
From 20 - 23 April 2016, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Terra Nova theatre company re-imagined Shakespeare’s last play as an intercultural story of Belfast.
On 27 September 2015, Replay Theatre Company brought the world’s first BabyDay to Belfast. It decorated the city with playful art and filled the streets with families.
Draw Down the Walls 2015
On Friday 9 - Sunday 11 October, Golden Thread Gallery presented Invisible Barriers: Moving Images, a programme of films in unusual and surprising sites across North Belfast. This included art films, mainstream movies and community-authored productions, which invited audiences to imagine a city without barriers.
On 24 October the city was transformed as Nine Nights took centre stage at City Hall. The outdoor theatre spectacle by ArtsEkta, combined music, dance and pyrotechnic as well as the retelling of centuries-old Hindu folklore.
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Creative Belfast projects are funded by us and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund.