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Schools & Youth Group Bookings for Belfast Children's Festival 2018 Now Open.

*Full festival programme out now!

Young at Art have revealed a host of exceptional international and local performances for schools and youth groups at the 2018 Belfast Children’s Festival (9-14 March 2018). We always give schools and groups the opportunity to see what is on offer first and book your group in to the performance of your choice in advance to avoid disappointment. The international and local theatre shows, which take place during school time, promise to be the perfect outing for children aged 3 and upwards. Subsidised ticket deals and classroom resources linked to the curriculum means that it can be a deeper learning experience and much more than just a tick box exercise.

CLICK HERE to view 2017-18 Schools & Groups brochure with more information on festival shows available to book. The shows available are Penguins, Aston's Stones, How to Catch a Star, Getting Dressed, Intro to JazzRí-Rá le Rita agus an Róbat, Bí ag Spraoi Liom!Creative Writing with Áine Ní Ghlinn and Monsters and Heros with Shane Hegarty (which are extra additions)

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

You can check all the showing times we have for schools and groups below. Please note, some showings are Sold Out or have Limited Spaces:

Penguins (Cahoots NI, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Prime Theatre) View Trailer

Roy and Silo are two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguin pairs at Central Park Zoo, they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try to hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real!

Penguins is a unique and engaging show for children about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family. 

Venue:  Downstairs at the MAC

Age: 3 yrs +

Cost: £5 per ticket, 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased

Duration:  50 mins

Dates & Times:

Fri 9 Mar 10am (SOLD OUT), 12pm

Tues 13 Mar 10am (SOLD OUT), 12pm

Weds 14 Mar 10am (LIMITED SPACES) Please note this showing is a Relaxed Performance

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

Aston’s Stones (Teater Pero) View Trailer

Aston is a little dog who collects every stone he stumbles upon. All of the stones are different. Some are big and some are small. One is sad, another feels cold, yet each one needs to be taken care of.

As Aston’s living room is gradually taken over by stones, his parents must help him find a new home for his friends.

Aston’s Stones is ultimately a story about how easy it is to love and to appreciate the joy in small things – even in a little stone.

Venue: Upstairs at the MAC

Age: 3-6 yrs

Cost: £5 per ticket, 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased

Duration: 30 mins

Dates & Times:

Mon 12 Mar 10.15am, 11.45am

Tues 13 Mar 10.15am, 11.45am

Wed 14 Mar 10.15am (SOLD OUT), 11.45am

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

How to Catch a Star (Branar Téatar do Pháistí) View Trailer

Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend.  This is the story of his adventure.

Based on the beloved book by award-winning Belfast author Oliver Jeffers, Branar Téatar do Pháistí are proud to present How To Catch a Star, combining world class puppetry, a magical soundtrack, atmospheric lighting and beautiful staging.

Venue: Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre

Age:  4 yrs +

Cost: £5 per ticket, 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased

Duration:  45 mins

Dates & Times:

Fri 9 Mar 10am (SOLD OUT), 12pm

Tues 13 Mar 10am (LIMITED SPACES), 12pm *Please note this showing's intro is in Irish (LIMITED SPACES)

Weds 14 Mar 10am (LIMITED SPACES), 12pm

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

Getting Dressed (Second Hand Dance) View Trailer

Have you ever put your coat on the wrong-way? Or couldn’t find the right arm holes in your trousers? Or had a day where you just didn’t want to wear clothes?

Dive into a world of colour, texture and movement with Second Hand Dance. This new show invites us all to be as creative as we can with the clothes we wear, finding our own favourites and tempting us to try getting dressed just a little bit differently.

Venue: Upstairs at the MAC

Age: 4-7yr  

Cost: £5 per ticket, 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased

Duration: 45 mins

Dates & Times:

Fri 9 Mar 10.30am (SOLD OUT)

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

Monsters & Heroes with Shane Hegarty (Shane Hegarty)

With fun visuals, creative games and lots of audience participation Shane Hegarty's event is a show about ideas – where he finds his ideas for the Darkmouth series, and how children can unlock theirs. Shane even reveals the two most important words behind any great story.

Shane Hegarty is the writer of the Darkmouth series of fantasy adventure books. A no. 1 bestseller in Ireland and shortlisted for the prestigious Waterstones Prize and Irish Book Awards, a major animated movie of Darkmouth is currently being made in Hollywood. 

HarperCollins Children’s Books publish the bestselling Darkmouth series by Shane Hegarty. The latest in the series is Hero Rising.

Venue: Black Box

Age: 8-11 years

Cost: £3 per ticket, 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased

Duration: 60 mins

Dates & Times:

Wed 14 Mar 10:30am

CLICK HERE  to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

Intro to Jazz (Moving on Music)

Join the David Lyttle Trio for a fun part-performance part-workshop especially for primary school children. This informal session will introduce young audiences to the basic elements of jazz music with the opportunity to take part and show their creative side!

Children will get to see and hear some of the instruments used in jazz (drums, guitar and double bass), learn about simple melodies and rhythms used in jazz and listen to some familiar melodies played by the trio.

Venue: Blackbox

Age: 7-11 years

Cost: £3 per ticket, 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased

Duration: 60 mins

Dates & Times:

Mon 12 Mar 10:30am (SOLD OUT), 12pm

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

Rí-Rá le Rita agus an Róbat (Máire Zepf)

Join author Máire Zepf for robot-inspired storytelling, dressing up and games as she introduces her new character Rita, illustrated by Andrew Whitson

Scéal, spraoi sórtála agus gléasadh suas leis an údar Máire Zepf agus Rita - an cáilín beag leis na smaointí móra óna sraith nua pictiúrleabhar maisithe ag Andrew Whitson.

Please note this event is in Irish

Venue: An Cultúrlann

Age: 4-6 years

Cost: Free

Duration: 45 mins

Dates & Times:

Wed 14 Mar 10:00am (SOLD OUT), 11.30am (SOLD OUT)

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

Bí ag Spraoi Liom! (Sadhbh Devlin & Tarsila Kruse)

Author Sadhbh Devlin will read 'Bí ag Spraoi Liom' and afterwards discuss inventions and creativity with the children.
The children will also have a chance to come up with their own inventions, which Illustrator Tarsila Kruse will draw, while they make suggestions. Tarsila will also teach the children how to draw a character from the book.

Léifidh Sadhbh Devlin, údar 'Bí ag Spraoi Liom', a scéal agus pléifidh sí cruthaíocht agus cumadóireacht leis na páistí. Beidh deis ag na páistí a chumadóireacht féin a dhéanamh agus déanfaidh an maisitheoir Tarsila Kruse na moltaí a tharraingt. Taispeánfaidh Tarsila do na páistí conas caractéir ón leabhar a tharraingt freisin.

Thanks to funding from Foras na Gaeilge, we are able to support costs for bus transport to and from this event.

Please note this event is in Irish

Venue: An Cultúrlann

Age: 6-8 years

Cost: Free

Duration: 60 mins

Dates & Times:

Tues 13 Mar 10:30am (SOLD OUT), 12.00pm (SOLD OUT)

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

Creative Writing with Áine Ní Ghlinn (Áine Ní Ghlinn)

Poet and Children's author, Áine Ní Ghlinn will facilitate a creative writing workshop through Irish for age 10+ (P6/P7 classes).
Áine has published 29 books to date and has won a range of awards for children's and Young Adult literature. These include CBI Fiction Award for Daideo, Irish Language Book of the Year for Daideo and Hata Zú Mhamó, Literacy Association Book of the Year as well as a range of Oireachtas award for poetry and fiction.

Beidh ceardlann scríbhneoireachta ar siúl sa Chultúrlann leis an bhfile & údar do pháistí Áine Ní Ghlinn. 
Tá 29 leabhar scríofa ag Áine go dtí seo (dhá cheann eile ar an mbealach) - agus go leor duaiseanna buaite aici dá saothar. Bronnadh Gradam Ficsin CBI ar an úrscéal do dhéagóirí, Daideo. Tá Gradam Leabhar Gaeilge na Bliana buaite aici faoi dhó la haghaidh Daideo agus arís le haghaidh Hata Zú Mhamó. Bronnadh Gradam Leabhar na Bliana Chumann Litearthachta na hÉireann ar Daideo freisin agus tá neart duaiseanna Oireachtais buaite ag Áine le haghaidh scéalta agus úrscéalta do dhaoine óga agus don bhfilíocht. 

Bheadh an cheardlann seo oiriúnach don aoisghrúpa 10+ (P6/P7 nó níos sine). Glacfar le huasmhéid 30 sa ghrúpa agus mairfidh an cheardlann tuairim is uair a chloig. 

Thanks to funding from Foras na Gaeilge, we are able to support costs for bus transport to and from this event.

Please note this event is in Irish

Venue: An Cultúrlann

Age: P6/P7

Cost: Free

Duration: 60 mins

Dates & Times:

Fri 9 Mar 10:30am (SOLD OUT), 12.00pm (SOLD OUT)

CLICK HERE to register interest online for booking one of the festival shows for your school or group.

 

 

Schools & Youth Groups Brochure 17-18

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