Launched - exclamation mark
Belfast Carnival Centre is launched in magnificent fashion, with friends aboard – both local and international.
The Launch programme from Tuesday 21st through to Sunday 26th filled the fuel tanks with enough fiery potential to propel us, full-force, on the exhilarating interstellar flight to Karnival Galaxias.
From Arts Council NI website:
Belfast Carnival Arts Centre, in Belfast’s Boyd Street, is the new home of the Beat Initiative, organiser of Belfast City Carnival Parade. Launched by Peter Robinson MP MLA, along with Arts Council Chairman, Rosemary Kelly and Beat Director, David Boyd, these new premises represent the first significant step in The Beat’s long-term aim to establish a purpose-built Carnival Arts Centre for Ireland, in Belfast.
In providing programme and core funding for the Beat Initiative, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland recognises the important work undertaken with local young people, developing skills, creativity and confidence both here at home and by performing alongside carnival groups from all over the world.
Speaking at the launch, Rosemary Kelly, Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland added,
"This relocation to larger premises marks a significant step forward in the Beat Initiative's long-term strategy to develop Carnival Arts in Northern Ireland. As their principal funder, the Arts Council supports the Beat Initiative's programme of professionally-led arts activities, which has, for more than a decade, created important opportunities for young people from different communities to engage with each other through participation in the arts."
To celebrate the opening of the new Carnival Arts Centre in Boyd Street, at the bottom of the Shankill Road, Beat are hosting a series of Carnival Arts training and outreach workshops with artists and schools and community groups in Belfast, along with their partner organisations from London, Brazil, Brussels, Bologna and France.
David Boyd, Director of Beat described their plans,
“Establishing this new Carnival Arts Centre is a very important stage in Beat's plans to raise the national and international profile of local carnival arts. Already, visitors arriving this week are telling us that this is one of the best facilities in the UK. Working through our year-round programme of training and outreach, funded through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we will encourage engagement, learning and celebration through this art form. Carnival is a variety of arts activities that everyone can get involved in, bringing communities together through shared space and cultural collaboration. We are delighted that our partners from Europe and Brazil can join us to celebrate the opening of our new premises. The opening of a dedicated Carnival Arts Centre allows us to increase the variety and range of work we provide to the community and helps to place Belfast on the international stage.”