It has been truly heartening this year, of all years, to see how our wonderful arts and cultural organisations have gone that extra mile to ensure that the people of Northern Ireland can continue to enjoy the enrichment, the pleasure and the entertainment that the arts bring to our lives.

Keeping the arts alive and available has probably never been more important, and indeed more valued and appreciated, as we have all needed our spirits lifted during these exceptional times.

As the principal funder of the Belfast Children’s Festival, through our National Lottery funds plus additional emergency Covid-19 funding from the Department for Communities, the Arts Council is delighted to have been able to support this key organisation as it has adapted and risen to meet the challenges.

The Festival will feel a little bit different this year, but it will still deliver unforgettable, transformative experiences that will live long in the hearts and minds of the children, their families and carers. I hope you enjoy the festival!

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive, 

Arts Council of Northern Ireland