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    • Creative and cultural awakening at Belfast Children’s Festival

      Wednesday 18 Apr 2012

      The 2012 Belfast Children’s Festival was successful in receiving £3000 from the Belfast City Airport Community Fund.
      The funding from the airport supported subsidized tickets for children from local primary schools to attend the festival which is run by Young at Art, a non-profit children’s arts organisation.

      The festival aims to bring artistic brilliance and adventure to children and inspire creativity and curiosity for their future through workshops, exhibitions, performance, theatre and literature.

      Stephen Patton, Senior HR Executive at Belfast City Airport, attended an energetic French dance piece:

      “Compagnie Arcosm presents Traverse was breath-taking. The performance took place in a relatively small area and the use of space was incredible.

      “The performers were very close to the audience and the children were absolutely enthralled. Events that bring together theatre, music, dance, art and literature are a great way of supporting the learning and personal development of the younger generation, which is exactly what we aim to do through our Community Fund.

      “The Belfast Children’s Festival specifically aims to encourage young people in Northern Ireland to engage in arts activity and I’m delighted that through our Community Fund we were able to bring children from areas of disadvantage and hardship closer to the arts at this fantastic annual event.”

      Over the years the breadth, diversity and imagination of the Belfast Children’s Festival programme has attracted praise and support from the general public, schools and from artists and other festivals both locally and internationally.

      For more information on the Community Fund or to find out how your group can apply for funding please visit or contact

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      Stephen Patton, Senior HR Executive, pictured at Belfast Children's Festival