In 2019 we ‘come of age’ as the Belfast Children’s Festival turns 21! This year our festival theme is ‘Our Place in the World’ as we encourage children and young people to think about the contribution they make to the world around them as Global Citizens.

Expedition Peter Pan

So dive into the packed programme of theatre, dance, visual art, music, literature, comedy, creative activities and discussions, guaranteed to inspire creativity and cultural 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 phone line is open from Thursday 10 January – Wednesday 13 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 , Baby Daddy and Babaithe Cultúir) 
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!

As part of our inSPIREd Family Fun Day in Cathedral Quarter Belfast, there’ll be competition giveaways and fun promotions through our media partners, QRadio and NI4Kids. With our Festival partners, Destination CQ BID and Translink, there’ll be family travel deals, festival ticket giveaways and free family travel passes. Thanks to our hotel partner, Ramada Encore, you could win an exclusive family festival break and keep an eye out for their family meal offers in the SQ Bar & Grill. Then let us take care of your Festival planning with our specially-designed, family-friendly itineraries to help you experience all our 21st festival has to offer. You’ll be sure to have an unforgettable family day out!

Look out for a free colourful travel activity pack in the February 2019 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 2 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 create and curate exceptional arts experiences for children and young people, and the adults in their lives throughout the year. We connect children and young people to creative pathways that open up a world of possibilities for them. We provide arts engagement programmes and activities for schools, community groups and families carefully designed to unlock creativity. We are proud to lead the way as a catalyst for creative approaches to continuing professional development training for arts practitioners, teachers and other professionals who work with children and young people.

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