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  • November Newsletter

    All the news in one place! Find out the latest what's on, recruitment, Belfast Children's Festival early release information, new young playwrights programme, Teacher training, Belfast Children's Festival education programme and more!
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  • All the latest news in one place

    All the news in one place! Find out the latest what's on, volunteer training, Teacher training, Belfast Children's Festival education programme, and exciting news from Fighting Words Belfast!
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  • Big news from our colleague Geraldine Wilkins

    After four years at Fighting Words Belfast helping to generate more than 6,000 opportunities for children and young people to create wonderful stories, Geraldine has decided to begin a new story of her own and will be leaving Fighting Words Belfast at the end of October.
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  • The Right Twig: Young Playwright's programme launched

    THE RIGHT TWIG is an exciting new young playwrights’ programme with Fighting Words Belfast and the Lyric Theatre. It is open to anyone age 14-18 who wants to write for theatre. Come along to a couple of taster sessions and get in touch to find out more!
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  • Friends and Monsters programme launched

    In the 200th year of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein four post-primary schools in Belfast, and students at Fighting Words centres in Dublin, Cork and Wicklow, will take part in workshops that will draw on the original Frankenstein to inspire their writing.
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  • Young at Art Events reveal success behind ISLAND Arts Centre Children's Arts Festival

    Young at Art Events (YAAE) were thrilled to work with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Arts Service to support the artistic delivery of ISLAND Arts Centre’s Children's Arts Festival 2018.
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  • Volunteers needed in Coleraine!

    Fighting Words Belfast has teamed up with Ulster University's Riverside Theatre to provide free creative writing workshops for primary school groups in the Coleraine area this autumn.
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  • Babaithe Cultúir returns for Autumn

    Young at Art in partnership with Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich are delighted to announce the return of Culture Babies as Gaeilge this Autumn!
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  • Art Camp Exhibition

    We were bowled over by the imagination and creativity on display at the end of Art Camp 1 exhibition, as part of the Island Arts Centre Children's Arts Festival, which Young at Art is delivering.
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  • Outdoor fun in the sun games

    Check out some playful ideas for outdoor fun in the sun, courtesy of the Children and Young People's Strategy Team at Department of Education.
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  • Meet the artists delivering ISLAND Arts Centre Children's Festival 2018

    Pictured left to right: Christina Nelson, Elaine Taylor and Jazzmin McClure
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  • Ashfield Boys have something to write home about

    Fighting Words Belfast were delighted to work with Ashfield Boys High School as part of the Write Down Your Street project.
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  • Belfast Children's Festival 2018 Report published

    The team have been busy with post-festival evaluation and reporting.
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  • We are delighted to be delivering the 18th annual ISLAND Arts Centre Children's Arts Festival

    Make your summer experimental, social and fun!
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  • CITY AIRPORT SUPPORTS YOUNG AT ART IN BOOSTING CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY

    Emma Gilmore from the George Best Belfast City Airport Community Fund joined us recently at an Extended Creative Experience as part of Creative Child programme.
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  • Behind the scenes at Babaithe Cultúir

    What happens at Babaithe Cultúir? Aisling from Meon Eile joined us on 15 May.
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  • Creative Child end of year celebration event

    Wonderful morning hearing about the positive impact of the Creative Child programme 2017-18.
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  • 8th Annual Magazine of New Young Writing.

    The Irish Times publishes 8th annual magazine of new young writing, featuring a poem from Write Club Belfast member.
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  • A music inspired second session of Babaithe Cultúir

    In today's Babaithe Cultúir (Tues 8 May 18), we explored music and rhythm.
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  • Babaithe Cultúir begins!

    The first session of Babaithe Cultúir at An Cultúrlann went brilliantly!
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  • Creative Child is a Huge Success!

    As Creative Child 2018 draws to a close we are delighted by its success this year.
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  • Resources for International and National Work in Theatre and the Performing Arts

    A list of resources for international and national work in theatre.
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  • The BBC Children in Need Northern Ireland Youth Advisory Panel recruiting new members.

    The BBC Children in Need Northern Ireland Youth Advisory Panel are looking for Volunteers aged 14-20, who have had experience of BBC Children in Need projects either as a volunteer, leader or a member of the group.
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  • Shortlist announced for Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards 2018

    The shortlist for the 28th Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Awards was revealed today, Monday 12th March 2018 at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast as part of the 20th Belfast Children’s Festival. Pupils from Nettlefield PS and Wheatfield PS attended the event.
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  • In the news and on the Radio

    Join Rita Fitzgerald from UTV Life (Fri 2 March) having a sneak peek behind the scenes with Amadan on their latest production 'Pink & Blue', which premiere's at #BCF18 on Sat 10 March 3.30pm in The MAC. Rita also gets top tips of what not to miss from our Director Eibhlin de Barra.
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  • New General Manager appointed

    We are delighted to announce Kelly-Anne Collins as the new General Manager. Kelly-Anne joins us after 7 years leading Dance Resource Base, and brings with her a wealth of operational, finance & management skills and a passion for dance and the arts.
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  • Local schools see “The Big Picture”

    South Belfast primary school pupils have embarked on a #creativejourney to create eye-catching artwork which will form part of The Big Picture exhibition at the 20th Belfast Children’s Festival, March 9 – 14.
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  • Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards Shadowing Scheme now open for registration.

    The CBI Shadowing Scheme is a unique programme for schools and libraries, designed to encourage reading for pleasure and enjoyment of and appreciation for a wide variety of books.
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  • Exciting updates on Young at Art’s Visual Arts & Families 2018

    Artist Duncan Ross’s creative work with 8 families from the Upper Springfield area of West Belfast is full of creative promise!
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  • Great success at All About Play CPD Training held 20 Jan.

    A big THANK YOU to all the teachers, educational professionals and artists who took part in our All About Play 2018 training course last Saturday (20 Jan) in Skainos.
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  • Young at Art picks up Arts Award and Cultural Branding Awards at Arts & Business NI

    Young at Art are delighted to be awarded the Arts and Business NI Arts Award and the Cultural Branding Award for our partnership with Translink. The annual Arts & Business NI Awards was held on Weds 24 Jan in The MAC, Belfast.
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  • All About Tales. Young at Art launches its very first storytelling training course for teachers and educational/childcare professionals

    Pilot discount offer of just £20 per place plus a free ticket to a live performance during Belfast Children’s Festival 2018
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  • What it’s like to be an Event Manager at Young at Art Events: An interview with Michéle Young

    If you are interested in joining Young at Art Events as an event manager, download application form and return to us
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  • 20th Belfast Children's Festival Launch Party!

    On the 10th January we had a big birthday party to celebrate the launch of our 20th Belfast Children's Festival!
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  • Young at Art celebrates turning 20 with a bumper 20th Belfast Children’s Festival programme

    20 Years Young!
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  • Nora Greer wins Arts and Culture Volunteer of the Year at Belfast City Council's Age-Friendly Awards 12 Dec 17

    Nora Greer #fightingwordsbelfast volunteer has just been announced Winner of Arts and Culture Volunteer of the Year at Belfast City Council's Age-Friendly Awards at City Hall with Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister.
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  • Early Release Shows = Great Gift Ideas

    Looking for a gift idea? Want to avoid panic-buying nonsense? Why not purchase tickets or a gift voucher for a family & friends outing to the next Belfast Children's Festival?
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  • December newsletter

    All the news in one place! Find out about new team members, the latest what's on, Belfast Children's Festival announcements, volunteer training, Teacher training, a special message from Santa, and news about our programmes.
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  • Judith's experience as an Open University intern

    Read about Judith Allen's recent experience of joining the Young at Art team through the Open University. Also pictured is 'elf' Judith for a photo promo shoot for Translink and Young at Art's Christmas activity! All in a day's work!
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  • Our Visual Arts & Families 2018 gets started!

    Artist Duncan Ross has begun working with 8 families from the Upper Springfield area of West Belfast
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  • Welcome to our new interns

    We welcome Erin McClean and Erin Moore to the team!
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  • Creative Child features on BBC Radio and TV.

    You can catch up on the BBC i-player now.
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  • Write Clubbers published in The Irish Times.

    In September, members of the Write Club at Duncairn (13-18) were invited to write stories based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. On Monday 20 November, their stories appeared in a special supplement featuring writing by twenty five teenagers based on the themes of the Convention.
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  • FWB Volunteer - Hayley's story

    Read about how Hayley first became interested in volunteering with Fighting Words Belfast and read about her experience of a creative writing workshop
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  • BBC Children in Need

    Tune into tonight’s (Thurs 16 Nov) Blas programme on BBC Radio Ulster at 7pm to hear facilitator Maurice speak about our Creative Child programme as gaeilge. And don't forget to give generously to the annual BBC Children in Need appeal tomorrow.
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  • Young at Art shortlisted in the NI Creative and Cultural Skills award 2017

    Young at Art are delighted to be shortlisted in the NI Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2017 for Intern of the Year and Creative Industry Skills Award.
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  • Young at Art and Translink add some sparkle to festive journeys

    Translink and Young at Art are helping families prepare for Santa’s arrival with special festive workshops in bus and train stations.
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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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  • November Newsletter

    All the news in one place! Find out the latest what's on, Belfast Children's Festival announcements, volunteer training, Teacher training, and news about our programmes.
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  • Shortlisted in Arts & Business NI Awards

    We're delighted to have made the shortlist in 4 categories in the Arts & Business NI Awards.
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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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