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Creative Belfast

Alongside the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we invested £900,000 in seven big, bold and ambitious cultural projects.

Our aim was to give everyone in Belfast the opportunity to take part in high-quality culture inspired by our rich heritage.

The seven Creative Belfast projects are described below.

Belfast Carnival Village

On 25 June 2016, Beat Carnival created a festive carnival village in Ormeau Park. The village was home to reproductions of famous Belfast landmarks, such as the Albert Clock and Harland and Wolff’s Samson and Goliath cranes, brought to life with a programme of samba, circus, drumming and other carnival arts.

The Belfast Opera

Belfast Buildings Trust and NI Opera delivered Belfast’s first chamber opera themed around the city’s industrial heritage on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016. The 18 month project provided lots of opportunities for the public to get involved, from budding singers to set designers, to simply sharing stories about the city through storytelling workshops.

The Farset Project

The Farset Project, a partnership between Cultúrlann and Spectrum Centre, returned the river Farset to the heart of Belfast through creative workshops, heritage digs, public art and a spectacular dawn-to-dusk extravaganza on 30 May 2016. The project’s legacy is the 11m public art sculpture, Origin.

The Belfast Tempest

From 20 - 23 April 2016, Terra Nova Theatre Company re-imagined Shakespeare’s last play as an intercultural story of Belfast. The Belfast Tempest involved a 250 strong cast and crew to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. 


On 27 September 2015, Replay Theatre Company brought the world’s first BabyDay to Belfast. It decorated the city with playful art and filled the streets with families.

Draw Down the Walls 2015

From Friday 9 - Sunday 11 October 2015, Golden Thread Gallery presented Invisible Barriers: Moving Images, a programme of films in unusual and surprising sites across North Belfast. This included art films, mainstream movies and community-authored productions, which invited audiences to imagine a city without barriers.

Nine Nights

On 24 October 2015 the city was transformed as Nine Nights took centre stage at City Hall. The outdoor theatre spectacle by ArtsEkta, combined music, dance and pyrotechnic as well as the retelling of centuries-old Hindu folklore.

Keep up-to-date

Visit the Creative Belfast Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @Cre8tiveBelfast and use #CreativeBelfast. 

Creative Belfast projects are funded by us and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund.

Contact us
Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Unit
028 9027 0569
Place and Economy Department
4th floor, 9 Adelaide
9-21 Adelaide Street