Young at Art ✩ Belfast Children's Festival Starts Tomorrow!
posted on March 09 2017
Young at Art are a local organisation on a mission to bring art to everyone. It is estimated that 1 in 5 children in Northern Ireland are growing up in persistent poverty and, "there is a need for positive groundings in literacy and promoting positive attitudes to education". YAA believe that exposing kids to art from early on will have a great impact on our future. And we agree.
YAA have fantastic outreach programmes that break down social and cultural divides, reaching kids from all walks of life. Like Fighting Words, a creative writing workshop founded by Seán Love, former director of Amnesty Ireland, and writer Roddy Doyle (Yup, he wrote The Commitments amongst other great films and novels). It's offered free around Ireland.
Tomorrow their Belfast Children's Festival kicks off, bringing the best child-inspired theatre, art and events to the city centre. Ride into town on a train with entertainers, try on a helmet that let's you see the way lizards see and enjoy quality theatre from France, Spain and the amazing local troupe that is Cahoots NI.
We cannot wait. This year more than ever as I was so delighted to be asked to join the Board of Young at Art, of course I said Yes! Yes! Yes! Such a cool organisation, similar to Little Citizens they believe passionately in bringing more creativity into the world. They're the people behind the famous Baby Rave events. Yup clubbing dance music, glow in the dark and textural props babies and parents rocking out. It's a perfect combination of flavours for parents who yearn for their pre-baby days and this way can share their love of music and dance with their little ones.
Check out the listings here and book in some live culture for you and your little ones before it's over.
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