Alongside the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we’re investing £900,000 in seven new big, bold and ambitious art projects.
These projects will give everyone in Belfast the opportunity to take part in high-quality art inspired by our rich culture and heritage.
The programme of events is as follows:
The Belfast Tempest
23 April 2016, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s
death, Terra Nova theatre company will use drama, music and magic to
re-imagine Shakespeare’s last play as an intercultural story of Belfast.
Created in the new Titanic Quarter, this Tempest will span over 100
years of history, from the city's 19th-century shipping greatness
through to modern times and the influence of people from around the
world who make up Belfast's newest citizens.
Watch the video to find out how you can get involved.
Farset Béal Feirste
River Farset gave Belfast its name, but today, it has largely been
built over and forgotten. A partnership between Cultúrlann and Spectrum
Centre, Abhainn bheo na Fearsaide will return the Farset to the heart of
Belfast through creative workshops, heritage digs and public art.
The Belfast Opera Project
Buildings Trust and NI Opera are developing Belfast’s first chamber
opera themed around the city’s industrial heritage. With performances
across the city, 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
In June 2016, Beat Carnival will create a festive carnival village in
Ormeau Park. 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.
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.
We've created a short animated film to give you more of a flavour of these projects.
This is your opportunity to get involved in Creative Belfast. 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.