Belfast - A City of Festivals

Culture and Arts... The Spirit of the City

Creative Belfast Showcase
This article appears as part of the Creative Belfast Showcase which took place at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, during February 2006.

Cultural activity is fundamental to developing a sense of confidence and civic pride that allows people to celebrate being from Belfast and it is fitting that we should celebrate our creativity as part of Celebrate Belfast 2006.

In 2004/05 2.2 million people attended culture and arts events run by Belfast-based cultural organisations while culture and arts initiatives created the equivalent of 413 full time jobs.

Belfast has witnessed phenomenal growth in festival activity over the last ten years. Our city is now home to over 50 festivals annually - and last year alone, over half a million people attended festival events in Belfast.

A vibrant and eclectic mix, our city’s festivals offer activities ranging from community based gatherings to internationally acclaimed programmes.

Belfast culture and arts organisations and festivals

Reproduced by kind permission of Creative Belfast ShowcaseAndersonstown Traditional and Contemporary Music School
Ardoyne Fleadh
Ardoyne Youth Club
Arts and Disability Forum
Arts for All
Ashmore Youth Club

Ballymacarrett Arts and Cultural Society
Beat Initiative
Belfast Central Library
Belfast Children’s Festival
Belfast Civic Trust
Belfast Community Circus School
Belfast Exposed Community Photography
Belfast Festival at Queen’s
Belfast Film Festival
Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival
Belfast Print Workshop
Belfast Pride Festival
Belfast Salsa
Reproduced by kind permission of Creative Belfast ShowcaseBelfast Ulster Scots Festival
Between the Lines Literary Festival
Beyond Skin
Black Box Trust
British Council Northern Ireland
Bruiser Theatre Company

Cahoots NI
Cairde Ghaelscoil An Lonnáin
Camerata Ireland
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
Challenge for Youth Community Training Co-Op
Chinese New Year Celebrations
City Carnival
City Dance
Community Arts Forum
Reproduced by kind permission of Creative Belfast ShowcaseCreative Exchange
Creative Writers Network
Crescent Arts Centre
Cre8tiv Youth
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich
CS Lewis Festival
C21 Theatre Company

Dance United
Diwali - Festival of Light
Donegall Pass Community Forum
Down and Connor Pioneer Association
Draoicht Children’s Festival
DubbelJoint Theatre Company

Earthquake Festival of International Dance
East Belfast Arts Collective
Reproduced by kind permission of Creative Belfast Showcase
Failte Feirste Thiar
Falls Community Council
Feil an Earraigh
Feile An Phobail (West Belfast Festival)
Festival of Diversity
Festival of Fools
Flax Art Studios
Fortwilliam Musical Society
Francis Peake Trust

Golden Thread Gallery
Grand Opera House
Greater New Lodge Community Festival
Greater Shankill Community Festival
Greater Shankill Partnership
Greater Shankill Youth
Groundwork Northern Ireland
Reproduced by kind permission of Creative Belfast Showcase
Holy Lands Arts Festival
Hedge Gallery

Indian Community Centre
Indian Mela

J2Z Festival

Kabosh Productions
Kids in Control

Laganside Cinemagic World Screen Festival for Young People
Lantern Parade
Lenadoon Community Festival
Ligoniel Improvement Association
Linen Hall Library
Live Music Now
Loch Lao Traditional Music Society
Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group
Lower Shankill Community Association
Lyric Theatre

Reproduced by kind permission of Creative Belfast ShowcaseMaiden Voyage
McCracken Cultural Society
Millar Memorial Flute Band
Moving on Music

Naughton Gallery at Queen’s
New Belfast Community Arts Initiative
New Lodge Forum
Northern Ireland Music Industry Commission
Northern Ireland Visual Arts Forum
Northern Visions TV

Old Belmont School Preservation Trust
Old Museum Arts Centre
Open Arts
Open House Traditional Arts Festival
Ormeau Baths Gallery

Reproduced by kind permission of Creative Belfast ShowcasePan Arts
Paragon Artists Studios
Play Resource Warehouse
Prime Cut Productions

Queen’s Film Theatre
Queen Street Studios

Ransom Productions
Red Lead Arts
Replay Productions

Sandy Row Arts & Culture Festival
Sandy Row Community Development Agency
Short Strand Community Festival
Sneaky Productions
Sonic DJ Academy
Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music
Source Magazine / Photo Works North
South Belfast Malecare
South Belfast Partnership Board
Square Space Gallery
Sticky Fingers Early Years Art
Streetwise Community Circus Workshops
St Patrick’s Day Carnival
Survivors of Trauma

The Switch Room
Tinderbox Theatre Company
Titanic Made in Belfast

Ulster Architectural Heritage Society
Ulster Drama Festival
Ulster Historical Foundation
Ulster Orchestra
Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra
Urban Arts Academy

Vine Centre
Visonic Audiovisual Festival
Visonic Productions
Voluntary Services Bureau


YouthAction Northern Ireland
Young at Art

Partners in Creative Belfast Showcase