Belfast Children’s Festival isn’t just for the kids – see below events that are something for the grown-ups to enjoy:

Playing Like a ‘Bully’ Masterclass with Maas Theater en Dans (NL)

Fri 15 March, 2pm
McGrath Suite, Lyric Theatre

Tickets: £12, Student/unwaged £6 (includes ticket for a performance of BullyBully)

In this physical theatre masterclass, participants will be introduced to the embodied learning method used by Maas Theater and Dance, taking their performance, BullyBully as inspiration.

Participants will get to ‘know the actor in yourself’ and discover how to make theatre for small children, whilst taking them as seriously as they would an adult audience. The masterclass will conclude with short presentations and performances by participants of their own ‘BullyBully’.

Creative Conversations

Fri 8 March, 2pm
Oh Yeah Music Centre

Tickets: Free, booking essential

Join us for an afternoon of Creative Conversations and hear from artists, practitioners and leaders in the field of performance work for young audiences. Investigate and explore their practices and approaches, hear how they have made discoveries, overcome challenges, and unpack some of the hot topics of the moment. Includes conversations with Branar (ROI), Jess Rowell (ROI)/Andrew Stanford (NI), Stephen Beggs (NI).

Creative Conservation with Rhona Matheson and Dr Trish McTighe

Fri 15 March, 2pm
QUB Drama

Tickets: Free, booking essential

Starcatchers, Scotland’s arts and early years organisation, are pioneers in the development and creation of for early years. Join Chief Executive, Rhona Matheson, as she discusses their unique approach to making work for babies and children aged up to 5 yrs, and her recent work exploring children’s rights and participation, with Dr Trish McTighe, senior lecturer in Drama at QUB.

TYANI Showcase

Fri 8 – Sun 10 March

Tickets £90, includes all performance tickets, and exclusive delegate-only events

The BCF24 TYANI (Theatre for Young Audiences NI) Showcase will include a curated selection of performances from artists and companies from both the North and South of Ireland, discussions and networking events. See and connect with some of the best and brightest performers and makers creating work for young audiences, and explore some of the foremost industry themes through our series of discussions, symposiums and networking events.