Belfast Children's Festival is an annual international festival for children aged 0 - 17 years and their accompanying adults. Events take place both in and out of school time for schools, groups and families to attend.

21st Belfast Children's Festival Fri 8 - Wed 13 March 2019

You can expect a packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity. 

The Belfast Children's Festival is a curated festival, and as such doesn't receive submissions. However, our Director travels to festivals in Europe, although her travel budget is limited, so if you are performing at a festival do let us know and we will keep an eye out for your work.

Festival Education Programme Now Open

We are excited to announce a host of exceptional international and local performances for schools and youth groups at the 2019 Belfast Children’s Festival (8-13 March). It is the perfect outing for schools groups, offering bespoke ticket deals and support for teachers and children. All school shows are accompanied by classroom resources linked to the curriculum. To find out more about the Festival Education Programme and the other services that we can provide to schools and youth groups, please click here.


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

Fri 6 - Wed 11 March 2020

Fri 5 - Wed 10 March 2021

What's On at the Festival

  • Removed

    Thu 07 Mar 2019 to Sat 16 Mar 2019

    Prime Cut Productions
    Removed written by Fionnuala Kennedy presented by Prime Cut Productions

    World Premiere. Removed is a funny, moving and shocking insight into the experiences of a young man sharing his story of life in the care of the state

  • TYANI Showcase - Delegate Package (Sold Out)

    Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Tue 12 Mar 2019

    Theatre for Young Audiences NI
    BCF18 Delegates

    A showcase of some of the finest performance work for young audiences being created right here in NI.

  • HOME

    Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Wed 13 Mar 2019

    Young at Art
    Home presented by Young at Art
  • MAC International 2018

    Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Wed 13 Mar 2019

    Various Artists
    MAC International 2018 with various artists

    MAC International is the largest arts prize in Ireland and one of the few major art prizes in the UK.

  • Gift Vouchers

    Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Wed 13 Mar 2019

    Young at Art
    gift voucher

    Are you looking for the perfect gift idea? Look no further! Give the gift of a fantastic family and friends outing.

  • Milo's Hat Trick

    Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Sun 10 Mar 2019

    Cahoots NI
    Milo's Hat Trick

    Milo the Magnificent isn't magnificent at all. His card trick is hopeless. His rope trick is useless and his hat trick is a total mess!

  • Volume Control

    Fri 08 Mar 2019

    Oh Yeah Music Centre (Northern Ireland)
    Volume Control provided by Oh Yeah Music

    Join us for a special gig showcasing amazing young upcoming musicians, in a gig organised for young people by young people!

  • Can Do Academy: Claymation Workshop

    Sat 09 Mar 2019

    Can Do Academy (Northern Ireland)
    Claymation Workshop held by Can Do Academy (Northern Ireland)
  • Baby Rave: Rave In The Nave (SOLD OUT)

    Sat 09 Mar 2019

    Young at Art Events (Northern Ireland)
    Baby Rave: Rave In The Nave presented by Young at Art Events
  • Baby Daddy (SOLD OUT)

    Sat 09 Mar 2019 to Sun 10 Mar 2019

    Replay Theatre Company (Northern Ireland)
    Baby Daddy Presented by Replay Theatre Company (Northern Ireland)
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