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Dates for future Belfast Children's Festival - Add them to your diary now!
Our Director Ali was in Holland last week meeting artists and looking at some fantastic shows for next year's festival. Great meeting colleagues working with children around the world from France, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, USA, Italy and Spain. She also met up with the Architects of Air who presented the amazing Luminarium in the festival in 2006 - where does the time go?
Shiver me timbers ... make sure you pop in to Victoria Square this weekend to make your very own pirate and/ or princess disguise - just in time for the Tall Ships arriving in Belfast!
Anna Burcombe this is it xx
Wishing all dads out there a very Happy Father's Day today :)
Take a look at our today crafty Father's Day workshop at the High Street Mall in Portadown ! Click here to find out more about Young at Art Events : http://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on
Join the Young at Art team in Portadown tomorrow - Saturday 20th June between 12-4pm for some crafty workshops at the High Street Mall. This is a FREE workshop offering children the opportunity to make their dads an extra special card, just in time for Father's day. http://buff.ly/1Lauvwd
Join artist Jude Cassidy in Portadown this Saturday 20th June between 12-4pm to make the perfect gift for Father's Day at the Meadows Shopping Centre. http://buff.ly/1Lau8lr
Fighting Words Belfast has just announced a new schedule of free creative writing workshops for schools and youth groups in the Skainos Centre, East Belfast this Autumn. Book today to get priority on the workshop session of your choice... http://www.youngatart.co.uk/schools-community-groups
The new Children's Laureate & his message for families - draw with your children every day. What do you think?
Don't forget to drop in and see us between 1-4pm either today or tomorrow in Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast for some perfectly pre-historic family fun.
Meet Professor Dina Sore and become a palaeontologist for the day at Victoria Square this Saturday and Sunday. Dig deep into your very own fossil pit to discover creatures from the ancient past, big and small, weird and wacky. - Find out more: http://youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/jurassic-events-square
Children's rights front and centre at Nobel prize http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29564935
It's World Mental Health Day!
Positive mental health starts in early infancy. Play and creativity, interacting with babies supports it. Here's Suzanne Zeedyk talking about it. How can we all increase creativity and support the wellbeing of future generations?
Young at Art's 2013-14 annual report is now published. From April 2013 – March 2014, 57, 614 children and adults took part in 364 events across 9 local authority areas run by leading Northern Ireland arts charity Young at Art. Read more - http://www.youngatart.co.uk/who-we-are/press-media/young-art%E2%80%99s-a...
Our friends at New Lodge Arts are looking for paid and volunteer performers for their Lantern Parade. See their online form here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dY8BJJCtjOvw7xWZM414DJcDrNLVzm_AMETHsuM...
Did you hear our director on BBC Good Morning Ulster this morning? She was talking about the events fund cuts but also the importance for children to share public space in this city. Would love to hear your thoughts
http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/vicki-johnston/culture-babies-2014/ If your baby got messy painting, made a fort or tried out some early years yoga with Culture Babies this Summer we want to hear from you ...
Thank you to all the parents and teachers who called us since Friday's announcement. To give you an idea of what effect funding cuts are having on Young at Art and the festival, see our statement here. If you want to support the Belfast Children's Festival and Young at Art's future work, contact your local councillors and MLAs to let them know the serious position we are in and how much we are valued in the community.
Potato printing at the giants causeway today - few wee aspiring Picasso on the north coast!
Young at Art will be getting crafty at various events this weekend - tomorrow (Sat 4th October) we will be at Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Newry between 12-4 with paper-doll crafts and on the North Coast potato printing at The Giant's Causeway centre. These are FREE drop-in workshops for all the family ... Read more ...http://www.youngatartevents.co.uk/whats-on
It's National Poetry Day!
What's your favourite poem? Here's one to get you started.
"The cow is of bovine ilk;
one end is moo, the other is milk."
We're having a lovely but busy week. Lots of behind the scenes planning for the festival next March, our Education programme, lots of events at Halloween and Christmas and a touring programme for schools in 2015. Phew! To top it all, we've had an artist using the Office of Important Art for their own development of a new theatre production for children this week. Patrick Sanders, one of our Associate Artists (and Associate for Replay Theatre Company and The Egg in Bath) is one of 5 recipients nationally of a Leverhulme Fellowship. Here he is with one of his projection illustrations. Intriguing...
We just took a call from Dublin - a mother and her son missed Once Upon A Time when we performed there and is going to drive to Bangor and back to see it at the Aspects Festival this weekend! There are some tickets left but given the lengths people will go to see this show, we recommend you book now http://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/aspects-literary-festival
If you want to follow us on Twitter, find Young at Art . There are a few others out there but we're the most fun!
Get down too CastleCourt now!! http://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/culture-night-office-important-art #CNB14
3 become 1 today as our new website and branding go live! Check it out on: www.youngatart.co.uk. Young at Art has created a new brand and central website to bring together all of our activities throughout the year including the Belfast Children's Festival. We want to know what you think of it and how we can continue to make our online resources more user friendly and accessible... http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/vicki-johnston/new-website-brand/
Alan in Belfast has done a great blog post for Culture Night featuring Young at Art, the Black Box University of Ulster and many more! Check it out http://alaninbelfast.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/culture-night-belfast-cnb14-...
A huge thank you to Accidental Theatre and Young at Art for letting us use their rehearsal spaces this week and to Patrick Sanders and Emily DeDakis for their feedback and encouragement from our sharing today. Mary-Frances and Aisling are all set for Brussels but look out for Curious Members Cat and Shaun performing 'Just for Tonight' on Friday night as part of Culture Night Belfast!
Lovely getting a mention from Culture Night Belfast blog. We'll be with Replay Theatre Company in our Office of Important Art in CastleCourt from 3pm with activities for under 4s but all welcome. Then the Buggy Boogie across to Catherdral Quarter will leave by 5.30. CAN"T WAIT!!
Families with babies and young children need not miss out on the fun of Culture Night this year as Replay Theatre Company are joining forces with Young at Art to provide Belfast families with alternative entertainment for their children prior to the main Culture Night activities next Friday 19th September from 3pm ... Read more:http://youngatart.co.uk/news/Culture_Night_at_the_Office_of_Important_Art
Today is Culture Babies - our creative parent and toddler group for 0-4's. Join us in Castlecourt for a fun and imaginative drama workshop with artist Nuala O'Neill from 10-12. Availability is limited, so get down early to avoid disappointment!
Join us for Culture Babies tomorrow from 10am. We'll be getting theatrical with babies, toddlers and mums and dads at 10.30 with artist Nuala O'Neill. Places are limited so get down early to avoid disappointment :)
Join us from 10am - 12pm this Thursday in Castlecourt for Culture Babies. This week's session is 'Toddler Drama' with Nuala O'Neill - a fun, imaginative creative workshop. Spaces are limited so please do arrive early. See you then, Culture Babies!
Young at Art's Director was out at Bryson Future Skills talking to 100 young people this morning. She was talking about the skills you develop working and volunteering in the arts and she was giving out tea cakes as prizes.
The lovely company of Young at Art will be performing The Butterfly and the Caterpillar at Culture Night Glengormley this evening, kicking off at 5pm. See weblink for details and to download their programme http://www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/events/details.asp?id=2575
Join the Young at Art team at the Armagh Bramley Apple Festival on Saturday 6th September between 12-4pm at The Shambles Market Yard, Armagh City. Our team will be giving families the opportunity to make their very own apple print canvas bags... Read more ... http://www.youngatart.co.uk/events/Armagh_Bramley_Apple_Festival
Due to the schools being back, Culture Babies is not on this Thursday. However it will return next week for the final Culture Babies installment; A baby & toddler drama workshop on the 11th from 10-12! We also have a special Culture Babies event on the 19th of September as part of Culture Night, which we will be doing with our chums Replay Theatre Company. See you then Culture Babies!
Lovely being at the Culture Night Belfast launch today. Replay Theatre Company and Young at Art are joining forces for a special event for under 4s pre-bedtime at CastleCourt
Check it out and come on down. There'll be a buggy boogie across to the Cathedral Quarter at the end.
Join us this morning from 10am for some colouring in, dressing up, cosy storytime reading and toddler dancing at Culture Babies, our free parent and toddler group for 0-4's. Here's what some parents thought of last week's workshop - this weeks workshop promises to be a real treat too.
Join us tomorrow for Culture Babies, our free, drop in parent and toddler group. Tomorrow we've toddler and baby dance - so come groove with your little one and lets make some moves! Our space is open from 10am - 12pm, with the workshops starting at 10.30 and 11.00. Its first come first served, so do make sure to get down early to avoid any disappointment.
Join us this Thursday for Culture Babies, our free, drop in creative parent and toddler group for 0-4 years. This week is baby and toddler dance with artist Jennifer Jordan from 10.30 - 11.30. Our space is open from 10 - 12 with plenty of books, comfy beanbags and colouring in to keep you and your little one occupied :)