Beat Carnival Centre is a unique resource in NI’s arts ecosystem. Here we produce spectacular carnival arts in ways that leave a legacy of creative skills, collaboration and celebration in our communities. Projects engage the imagination of a broad range of people and highlight community and carnival arts in Northern Ireland’s creative landscape.
In most years we created 5 large-scale carnival and outdoor arts events – and around 35 smaller performances annually.
To support the wide carnival community of companies, artists and neighbourhood partners, we are exploring the idea of creating a Carnival Consortium. We have questionnaires to identify potential members and their interests. If you are part of the carnival community, please have a look: we will be grateful to receive responses over the next month to get the ball rolling.
Please complete the appropriate questionaire
Music has been one of our core artforms since the beginning, forming and supporting bands of all types and commissioning compositions and songs.
Beat Carnival created this Community Music Groups Map as a resource for spotlighting and accessing the variety of Community Music available in and around Belfast, to encourage collaboration, participation and performance opportunities. Click the icon at top left corner of the Map to show a Map Key. Groups are currently listed in categories of Accordion Bands, Choirs, Flute Bands, Percussion, Strings. This is a start: please contact Beat Carnival with further information and suggestions so that we can add to the Map resource.
An experienced Further Education lecturer, trainer, peer mentor and educational leader, with a passion for pedagogy and harnessing the power of digital tools to enhance teaching, learning, and working within education. Musician.
Lucy Dougan is a marketing professional with 18 years’ experience and currently works for Mediahuis (Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, Irish & Sunday Independent). Her skill set includes creating innovative and cost-effective marketing and communications solutions, conducting and interpreting market and customer research, and creating sales strategies to drive profitability.
Frank runs his own business providing accountancy services and acts as the accountant for a number of charitable organisations.
Deirdre McKenna is a visual artist/curator and studio member of Flax Art Studios, Belfast. From 2017-2022 she worked with the University of Atypical as Creative Programmes and Participation lead. She now works for Black Box.
Before retirement, Oswyn was the first head of the Government Legal Service. As Crown Solicitor for NI and Departmental Solicitor for the devolved administration he led one of the largest legal practices in this jurisdiction. Work included advisory, litigation and property matters.
Graham is a retired academic. Graham taught and researched anthropology. He was Associate Dean of the Faculty and Associate Director of Education for History and Anthropology. He has chaired and directed many education-related committees and boards.
Sheelagh is an artist and researcher and has a role of Advisor to the Board / Artists Liaison. She has worked with Beat on community arts and events teams and previously served on the Board.
Trans Europe Halles – One of the oldest and most dynamic cultural networks in Europe. A member since 1997, Beat Carnival is also on the TEH Arts Education Hub steering group.
Junkanew – A carnival concept delivered by Junkanew partners to encourage the use of environmentally friendly materials and non-motorised processions.
Carnival Organisers Guild – for mutual aid, sector development, support and furtherance of carnival arts in the UK.
Banlieues d’Europe – Although it closed in 2015 we want to acknowledge this unique network of artists, activists and researchers, which supported participatory and inclusive cultural work in the often disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities of Europe’s cities. Beat was a member from 1997.
Beat Carnival is committed to protecting the environment. We try to produce carnival events and run artistic activities with as little impact on the environment as possible.