This year the digital format meant we are able to engage with an even bigger audience! We've kept the recordings here for you to enjoy and reflect upon. 

BCF21 Industry Talks

These talks took place as part of Belfast Children's Festival 2021 and form an integral part of our annual delegate programme which aims to showcase the best of local work and to take part in wider conversations. 

These events were recorded live on Zoom and the quality is reflective of that. If you have any access requirements or suggestions for these recordings please do get in touch by emailing


homegrown: Meet the Makers

Supported by Culture Ireland

When it comes to homegrown talent, Northern Ireland punches above its weight. Join us and hear from some of the artists and companies from the North of Ireland featuring in the Belfast Children’s Festival’s homegrown showcase.

Contributions from Cahoots NI, Big Telly, DuDance NI, Belfast Ensemble, Replay Theatre Company and Maiden Voyage Dance

Going Digital, Staying Digital

2020 was a year like no other and we are still living with the impact of Covid-19 on our sector. With theatres and venues closed art moved online, a necessary step to continue to engage with audiences but what have we learned from this experience?

We yearn for the live communal experience, but was it inclusive and accessible to everyone? Will we go back to ‘normal’? Or will we stay in the digital domain?

An online discussion with panellists Paul Bosco McEneaney (Cahoots NI), Rosie Heafford (Second Hand Dance) and Zoë Seaton (Big Telly Theatre Co), chaired by Noel Jordan (Imaginate, Edinburgh).


Young At Art artists Jane Butler and Duncan Ross have been having a creative exchange with local schoolchildren encouraging them to reflect on their experience of the pandemic and respond through a variety of mediums to tell their stories about this transformative time from the perspective of the special objects they found within their homes. The MY PLACE exhibition is the result of that conversation.

Join Jane and Duncan as they share their insights and observations of working on the project, talk about the creative process, and their own experience of seeing the pandemic through the eyes of our children. Presented as two short films-an installation and a virtual gallery tour that were available to watch for free on QFT Player as part of Belfast Children's Festival 2021. Chaired by Hugh Mulholland (Senior Curator, the MAC).


The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child enshrines a child’s right to freedom of expression and right to participate in cultural and artistic activities.

Assitej International believes much more needs to be done to meet all countries obligations and recommends in its Manifesto involving children and young people through consultation and collaboration. But do we truly listen and take heed of young voices at national and local level?

Join us as we ask a range of policymakers and cultural leaders - what more can be done?

Panel discussion with Yvette Hardie (Assitej International), Koulla Yiasouma (NI Commissioner for Children and Young People), Gilly Campbell (Arts Council NI), Aideen Howard (The Ark, Dublin), chaired by Dr Tom Maguire (Ulster University)