3.03.2023 - 12.03.2023 Events, Literature, Music, Theatre, Visual arts

Harvesting Young Creativity with Belfast Children’s Festival 3 – 12 March

A project that will bring visionary festival leaders and artists from across Europe together with local Northern Ireland counterparts in order to participate in captivating panel discussions, workshops and performances. 

3-12 March 2023, Belfast

Harvesting Young Creativity is a EUNIC London project that is organised in partnership with Young at Art, Belfast Children’s Festival. Over the duration of the festival, 3-12 March 2023, Harvesting Young Creativity will bring visionary festival leaders and artists from across Europe, together with local Northern Ireland counterparts in order to participate in captivating panel discussions, workshops and performances. 


Friday 3 March, 3:15-4:45 pm

Opening Worlds: How to further engage with the local community? Reach versus Depth of Impact with artists and experts Filu Sampé, Justinas Vancevicius, Inna Siemicz, and Veerle Kerckhoven. Moderated by Belinda McElhanney, Chief Executive of Imaginate.

This panel will address how festivals can broaden audiences horizons and the ways in which festivals can impact local and international communities. The discussion aims to answer questions such as: What is community engagement? What does engagement look like in a local, country wide, and European context? 

Venue: Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

Sunday 5 March, 10:00- 11:30 am

Why Do We Need Festivals? How to stay innovative in the world of children’s festivals? with experts Stefan Hansen, Laura Kauppinen, Suzanne Verboeket and Maria Steiner. Moderated by Tony Reekie, Director of Catherine Wheels. 

This panel discussion addresses the need for children’s festivals and highlights the key tools required to ensure the future success of the festivals. The talk will focus on questions such as: How can children’s festivals better serve their audiences? What is the future role of children’s festivals across Europe? 

Both panel discussions are part of the Delegates programme of the 2023 homegrown Northern Ireland Showcase at the 25th Belfast Children’s Festival. 

Venue: Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

More info and tickets here.


  • Mask workshop with the Lithuanian artists Antanas Dubra and Vladas Suncovas working in object theatre, installation and street art. More info to follow.  
  • Illustration workshop with the Polish artist and graphic designer Piotr Socha. More info to follow. 
  • Intervention by the North Belfast Youth Choir, 3 March 2023, 2pm at Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast.

All workshops will take place on the last weekend of the festival 11-12 March 2023.

The Project is Supported by EUNIC London Members.

More information about the Project: http://europe.org.uk/project/harvesting-young-creativity/

More information and ticketing at the Young at Art Website: https://youngatart.co.uk/events/homegrown-ni-showcase/

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