The 2018 Belfast Children's Festival is a 6 day birthday party as the festival turns 20! Our festival theme is ‘FAMILY’, so dive into the packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. Many festival events sell out so book early to avoid disappointment.

Booking Tickets

You can book online at any time.

If you prefer to book by telephone,  our line is open from Thursday 11th January – Wednesday 14th March; Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm. Call 028 9024 3042. 

This year adults will pay the same price as children! Maximum ticket price £10 (plus £1.50 booking fee per transaction*).

Babes in arm (under 2yrs) free 
(Excludes Baby Rave and Sensescapes) 
If you would like your toddler to have their own seat please purchase a ticket 

*Some venues will be selling tickets for events too, whose booking transaction fee may differ to ours. 

Please note, once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless the event is cancelled.

Prizes galore!

This year Young at Art will be running competition giveaways and promotions through our media partners Q Radio and NI4Kids. In association with our partner Translink we will be giving away some free family travel passes and festival tickets. Thanks to our hotel partner Ramada Encore, we have a family break to give away, along with festival tickets. Look out for a free colourful travel activity pack in the February 2018 issue of NI4Kids.

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Schools & Groups Programme

We have a specially selected Schools programme of international and local performances, which take place during school time. It promises to be the perfect outing for children aged 3 and upwards. Subsidised ticket deals and classroom resources linked to the curriculum mean that it can be a deeper learning experience and much more than just a tick box exercise. 
Find out more here

About Us

Young at Art is Northern Ireland’s leading arts provider for children and young people, and home to Northern Ireland's flagship international arts and cultural event for children, the annual Belfast Children's Festival.

We connect with children and adults through a host of engagement programmes including Creative Child and Visual Arts and Families. Our Young at Art Events agency delivers unique and unforgettable arts events to children and families across Northern Ireland, with an extensive events portfolio and the ability to design and deliver bespoke performances and events. Our Creative Writing Centre, Fighting Words Belfast, delivers a range of creative writing workshops to build a love of stories and storytelling. We’re also proud to offer professional training to practitioners and teachers, as well as special ticketing schemes and resources for schools and youth groups.

If you need help finding any of our venues Click Here!

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

Fri 8 - Wed 13 March 2019

Fri 6 - Wed 11 March 2020

Fri 5 - Wed 10 March 2021