Belfast Children's Festival is an annual international festival for children aged 0 - 17 years and their accompanying adults. Events take place both in and out of school time for schools, groups and families to attend.

21st Belfast Children's Festival Fri 8 - Wed 13 March 2019

You can expect a packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. 

The Belfast Children's Festival is a curated festival, and as such doesn't receive submissions. However, our Director travels to festivals in Europe, although her travel budget is limited, so if you are performing at a festival do let us know and we will keep an eye out for your work.

Festival Education Programme Now Open

We are excited to announce a host of exceptional international and local performances for schools and youth groups at the 2019 Belfast Children’s Festival (8-13 March). It is the perfect outing for schools groups, offering bespoke ticket deals and support for teachers and children. All school shows are accompanied by classroom resources linked to the curriculum. To find out more about the Festival Education Programme and the other services that we can provide to schools and youth groups, please click here.

*Full festival listings and public tickets go on sale in January 2019.


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Dates for future Belfast Children's Festival - Add them to your diary now!

Fri 6 - Wed 11 March 2020

Fri 5 - Wed 10 March 2021

What's On at the Festival

  • gift voucher

    Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Wed 13 Mar 2019

    Gift Vouchers

    Young at Art

    Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift idea? Look no further! Give the gift of a fantastic family and friends outing.

  • The Alien's Guide to Dance Gone Wrong

    Sat 09 Mar 2019 to Sun 10 Mar 2019

    The Alien's Guide to Dance Gone Wrong

    Maiden Voyage Dance

    It’s the future. Aliens are in charge and curious about a thing humans used to do called dancing.

  • Milo's Hat Trick

    Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Sun 10 Mar 2019

    Milo's Hat Trick

    Cahoots NI

    Milo the Magnificent isn't magnificent at all. His card trick is hopeless. His rope trick is useless and his hat trick is a total mess!

  • Expedition Peter Pan

    Wed 13 Mar 2019

    Expedition Peter Pan

    Het Laagland

    Plucked from their busy jobs, five adult strangers find themselves in a world of bedside tables and night-lights.

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