Come celebrate our 20th birthday and enjoy the very best international and local arts experiences for children and young people in Northern Ireland.

 Dive into the packed programme of theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks, guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

 Artists from all over Europe, including Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, along with home-grown talent will be presenting shows and interactive experiences in venues and locations across Belfast.

Check out the Big Botanic Birthday Bash, which will be jam-packed with free activity for families over the main festival weekend.

The festival also offers a diverse programme aimed at adults, professional arts practitioners and those working and studying in related fields. 

Early release tickets for PenguinsHow to Catch a Star and Horses are now available. Looking for a gift idea? Why not purchase gift vouchers for a family & friends outing to the next Belfast Children's Festival.

Early bird bookings are now available for schools and groups. The international and local theatre shows, which take place during school time, promise to be the perfect outing for children aged 3 and upwards. We support schools and youth groups through a variety of programmes, subsidised ticketing schemes, resources packs and training for Education Professionals.  Click Here for more information.


Full Belfast Children's Festival programme launches in January. 

Brought to you by Young at Art, Northern Ireland’s leading children’s arts provider.


N.B. Most venues are guide dog and wheel chair friendly however not all have an induction loop. Please check individual event listings on the website.


  • Wed, Mar 14 | 10:00