Beat Carnival

Creativity Collaboration Celebration

Who we Are

Beat Carnival is a full-time, producing, Carnival Arts organisation, established in 1993. We create carnival arts, organise and produce performances, train and develop artists and encourage community participation and ambition.

We operate from Beat Carnival Centre where we deliver many hundreds of free workshops and training programmes with thousands of individuals each year. Activities range from drumming to costume design, dance to puppetry, neighbourhood celebrations to large-scale outdoor events. In this way, we help develop creative skills, for all abilities, with participants as young as four and as old as – well, we wouldn’t like to say! We are committed to supporting artists and improving quality of life in our communities and the carnival sector as a whole. 

To hire us… to design and stage an event for you, coordinate an arts outreach programme, or provide entertainers: see the HIRE US page. Want to take part in our training courses? See what’s on offer at  JOIN US.

Beat Carnival video Documentary

CREATING ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

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Beat Carnival Video Documentary
CREATING ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE in Belfast

Look behind the scenes at Beat Carnival Centre, community workshops and some of the past Parade events.

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What We Do

Services

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Arts Access, Participation and Inclusion

We have expertise in engaging all ages and abilities; individuals, groups, neighbourhoods, the town or city; promoting creativity and good relations through arts:

  • Taster sessions and arts for beginners
  • Skills training and advancement
  • Tailored facilitation for particular and special needs
  • Reaching audiences of 10 or tens of thousands
  • Animating public spaces and places
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Arts Design and Production

We design and produce arts items for parades, stage, event sites:

  • Carnival float construction
  • Carnival props and puppets
  • Costume design and production
  • Costume hire for large groups
  • Site or stage design and dressing
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Performance

Our performers create truly memorable entertainment for events:

  • Carnival characters – unique, costumed entertainers to bring colour, comedy and class to your event
  • BEATnDRUM samba band – our in-house percussion band specialising in Afro-Brazilian and contemporary styles of street drumming. We can tailor the performance to match the scale of your event and budget
  • Other styles of music performance can be provided
Services
Festivals and Events

We have expertise in all aspects of events creation, delivery and management:

  • Bespoke devising and design
  • Planning, production and performance
  • Community engagement, fun and celebration
  • Training provision
  • Low environmental impact methodologies
Services
Collaboration

We work in partnership with communities and organisations  on short or long term arts programmes and projects:

  • Creative consultations and strategies
  • Collaborative projects – local and international.
  • Devising and delivering community arts
  • Funding assistance or partnership