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Creative Belfast

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.

The Farset Project - Farset Béal Feirste 

The 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 dawn-to-dusk extravaganza on 30 May 2016.

The finale on 30 May will begin at dawn with the unveiling of a brand new public art sculpture created by artist collective Solas Creative and shaped by local communities through a series of artist-led engagement workshops. The day’s celebrations will end with a spectacular showcase event in Custom House Square from 5.30pm featuring a market of Old Belfast and celebratory performances including music, animation and pyrotechnics!

The Belfast Opera

Belfast Buildings Trust and NI Opera will deliver Belfast’s first chamber opera themed around the city’s industrial heritage. With performances on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016,  the 18 month project has involved lots of opportunities for the public to get involved, from budding singers to set designers as well as simply sharing stories about your city through 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.

Past events

The Belfast Tempest

From 20 - 23 April 2016, Terra Nova Theatre Company re-imagined Shakespeare’s last play as an intercultural story of Belfast. The Belfast Tempest involved a 250 strong cast and crew to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. 

BabyDay

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

From Friday 9 - Sunday 11 October 2015, 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.

Nine Nights

On 24 October 2015 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.

Keep up-to-date!

Visit the Creative Belfast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @Cre8tiveBelfast and use #CreativeBelfast. 

Creative Belfast projects are funded by us and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund.


Contact us
Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Unit
028 9027 0569
Development Department
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast