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  • Festival Early Bird open for schools and groups

    Our annual Belfast Children's Festival, 9-14 March 2018, is the perfect outing for schools groups, offering subsidised ticket deals and support for teachers and children. All school shows are accompanied by classroom resources linked to the curriculum.
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  • CPD training open for booking

    All About Play, Young at Art’s celebrated CPD drama training for teachers and educational professionals on Saturday 20th January 2018 now open for booking.
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  • Job Opportunities

    We are excited to have four current opportunities within our team: Creative Child Co-ordinator and Fighting Words Belfast Co-ordinator and two 6 month paid internships open to 18-24 yr olds: Events Coordinator and Marketing & Audience Development. All close Monday 16 Oct at 4pm.
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  • October 17 e-news

    All the news in one place! Find out the latest on job opportunities, what's on, volunteer training, Fighting Words Belfast news, and Belfast Children's Festival.
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  • Write for Rights

    Write Clubbers invited to write stories based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
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  • Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries - applications open

    Children’s Books Ireland has announce the inaugural Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries, named in memory of former patron and long-time friend of the organisation. Open to primary and secondary schools in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Deadline 9 Oct.
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  • Fighting Words Belfast profiled in The Ireland Funds Connect magazine Autumn 17

    Fantastic article providing an overview of the Fighting Words Belfast project to date. Lots of impressive facts and figures and powerful quotes from participants and teachers.
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  • September 17 e-news

    All the news in one place! Find out the latest about the team, what's on, volunteer training, Fighting Words Belfast news, and Belfast Children's Festival
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  • A Fond Farewell to Patricia Freedman

    We bid a fond farewell to Patricia Freedman, former Chair, as she moves back to her native USA.
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  • Welcome new team member!

    We're delighted to welcome Morag Stuart as the new Programme Officer for Young at Art Events.
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  • Summer workshops with Speech & Language Therapy Clinic

    Fighting Words Belfast was delighted to welcome children with autism and their families from the Belfast Trust’s Speech & Language Therapy Clinic for a series of three creative writing workshops.
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  • A Write Club inspired blogger

    Peter Wilson, a 14 year old Larne Grammar student, encouraged by Fighting Words Belfast writing mentors to share his writing.
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  • Belfast Harbour supports new creative writing workshops for teenagers

    Belfast Harbour is helping to fund a programme of creative writing workshops for teenagers which are being delivered by Fighting Words Belfast.
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  • Who lives in X Town?

    As part of this year's EastSide Arts Festival, Fighting Words Belfast hosted a fast-paced, interactive play-making workshop in partnership with Accidental Theatre.
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  • August 17 e-newsletter

    All the news in one place! Find out the latest what's on, volunteer training, Fighting Words Belfast and Creative child
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  • Update on progress of new Drama, Dance and Visual Art facilitators

    Our recruitment process for great new Irish language facilitators continues this month in West Belfast in preparation for Creative Child 17-18
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  • The Teleportation Electrician sits alongside work by Seamus Heaney

    The storybook, written collaboratively by young people from Belfast and Dublin, is now available for all to read in the Creative Zone at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
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  • ISLAND Arts Centre Children's Arts Festival

    We are excited to be co-creators of the ISLAND Arts Centre Children's Arts Festival; comprising weekly Art Camps and Future Cities Gallery Exhibition 22 Jul - 26 Aug #ISLANDKids17
    Art Workshops & Themed Events
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  • Thursdays Come First in the Cathedral Quarter!

    Weekends start even earlier in the Cathedral Quarter! The first Thursday of every month in Belfast’s celebrated cultural core is set to become the essential date in the city’s social calendar. Young at Art are delighted to be involved, bringing family friendly interactive storytelling sessions.
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  • July 17 E-News

    Have a read of our July 17 e-newsletter
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  • Creative Child video

    Creative Child is an arts-based engagement programme which aims to increase literacy, confidence, imagination and critical vocabulary. Find out more about the aims, ethos, and some impressive facts and figures!
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  • Fighting Words Belfast volunteer mentors praised by teachers

    Teachers are singing the praises of Fighting Words Belfast volunteers following the success of the cross-community cross-border More Crosswords programme.
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  • Follow Up Workshops for Creative Child

    The Creative Child team re-visited 8 of its partner schools to deliver follow up visual art and drama workshops to pupils.
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  • Grant awarded from Foras na Gaeilge

    Young at Art are delighted to be in receipt of a Youth Events Scheme award from Foras na Gaeilge.
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  • Irish Language Facilitators Start Training

    Our new Drama, Dance and Visual Art facilitators will start their training and preparation this month for Creative Child.
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  • Never too young for quality arts experiences!

    Sarah from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland popped along to Baby Rave Afrobeat on Sat 10 June at The MAC and spoke to Eibhlin de Barra to find out what it is and what else is happening throughout the year.
    Baby Rave
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  • Support for relaxed performances during BCF18

    Young at Art are delighted to announce that we have received grants from both the John Thaw Foundation and the Blackburn Trust in support of relaxed performances during the 2018 Belfast Children’s Festival.
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  • Teleportation happenings at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

    Fighting Words Belfast hosted over 150 primary school children from Belfast and Dublin for the unveiling of 'The Teleportation Electrician' storybook, the result of a 2 month cross-community cross-border creative writing project.
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  • Jane Craven talks to VIEW Digital about being a Fighting Words Belfast volunteer

    Find out what motivates and inspires retired English teacher Jane Craven to be a volunteer with Fighting Words Belfast
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  • The Normans and their Legacy in Ireland - Moat Park Project Exhibition

    Launch of exhibition of local school children's artwork. It will be open to the public during the summer
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  • Booking now open for Baby Rave Afrobeat Sat 10 June

    Booking now open for our upcoming Baby Rave - Afrobeat edition with the wonderful DJ Kwame from Bounce Culture on the decks at The MAC on Sat 10 June. Early booking advised as this event was sold out at the Belfast Children's Festival
    Baby Rave
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  • Facilitator Call Out

    Are you a visual art and drama artist facilitator, with strong fluency in Irish?
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  • Baby Rave volunteers

    Call out for New Volunteers!
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  • Welcome to new staff members!

    We welcome Orla, Sarah and Belinda to the core staff team
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  • Start your Little Festival Adventure with Translink

    Young at Art is excited to be taking over two Translink trains travelling from Bangor at 12.27pm (Saturday 11th March) and Derry/ Londonderry at 11.33am (Sunday 12th March) into the free family fun days running as part of the annual Belfast Children's Festival.
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  • Sustrans Fun Family Cycle to Belfast Children’s Festival at Botanic Gardens

    Take part in a family-friendly bike ride this Spring and prove the expression that happiness is the journey not just the destination. Discover too that a day out in Belfast doesn’t have to mean driving frantically around looking for a car park space.
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  • Belfast Cathedral grant supports festival accessibility

    Young at Art wish to thank the Belfast Cathedral for awarding a grant to support our special access programme during the 2017 festival.
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  • Belfast Children's Festival Launch 2017

    19th annual Belfast Children's Festival programme launched under new Director Eibhlin de Barra
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  • Call for Exhibition Submissions

    Titanic Belfast looking for contributions for their Inspire Exhibition ...
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  • “Under Napoleon’s Nose” gets a new partner

    Young at Art’s Visual Arts & Families Project with Cliftonville Integrated Primary and artist Ann Donnelly are delighted to announce support for the project by Ulster University
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  • Creative Child welcomes a new team

    Creative Child kicks off with a new team and in depth training in Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich
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  • Degree Enhancement Programme

    During January Young at Art will be delivering our “All About Play” Drama Training to trainee teachers in Stranmillis University College
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  • Calling all Education & Arts professionals ...

    All About Play 2017 training course
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  • Under Napoleon’s Nose

    Young at Art’s Visual Arts & Families Project with Cliftonville Integrated Primary gets underway with Ms. Thompson’s P4 class and artist Ann Donnelly
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  • Creative Child embraces the Irish Language

    In 2017 Creative Child will be running a pilot Irish language version of the project in the Gaeltacht Quarter in West Belfast
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  • Creative Child moves EAST

    Young at Art is delighted to announce the Creative Child Project is moving into East Belfast
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  • NI4Kids Family Awards

    Nominate your family stars ...
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  • Enjoy Christmas 2016 with Translink

    Translink and Young at Art have Christmas 2016 all wrapped up for families in Northern Ireland.
    Art Workshops & Themed Events
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  • Call out for 'Exposure' Artists and Companies

    Young at Art, in association with Theatre NI, will present the best work for children and young audiences from Northern Ireland as part of the Belfast Children’s Festival 10-15 March 2017.
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  • New Patrons Announced

    Fighting Words Belfast is excited to announce that Paul Muldoon and Lucy Caldwell will join the internationally acclaimed line-up of project patrons.
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  • Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2017

    Young at Art is excited to be short-listed for the 'New Sponsor' Award for our partnership with Translink
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  • #500000 Thank Yous

    One of our funders, the National Lottery, is celebrating 500,000 grant awards, help spread the news!
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  • Visual Arts & Families Project 2017

    Young at Art is delighted to announce our new Visual Arts Project in conjunction with Belfast Children’s Festival 2017
    Visual Arts & Families
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  • Teacher Training Dates Announced

    Calling all teachers – All About Play 2017 training course now open for bookings
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  • Strengthening the Partnership

    Young at Art is delighted to announce the strengthening of our relationship with Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich through in-kind support for Creative Child 2017
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  • Translink on board for BCF17

    Young at Art is excited to announce its partnership with Translink is extending into another year, inviting children and adults over Northern Ireland to embark on a variety of creative journeys
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  • Craftworks is now open in Eason Belfast

    Paper craft, needle craft and much more...
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  • Roddy Doyle launches his new children's book in Belfast

    Fighting Words patron Roddy Doyle arrives in Belfast to introduce his new book illustrated by Chris Judge, ‘Rover and the Big Fat Baby’ to local children.
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  • Young Critics On The Edge 2016

    Two Perspectives from Northern Ireland
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  • Fighting Words Belfast at Awesome Authors

    Fighting Words Belfast ran six story-making and illustrating workshops at CBBC’s Awesome Authors event, in collaboration with Jam Media.
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