1 August 2023


ANNOUNCING ! BEAT 30 ! 30TH Anniversary Festival

Beat Carnival marks three decades of inspiring Creativity, Collaboration and Celebration in the heart of Northern Ireland.

We invite you to join this special occasion in our week-long carnival arts festival, BEAT 30. Full programme details to follow.

We are delighted to now announce the festival finalé: ELECTRO CARNIVAL. Scored by artist-composer Katie Richardson, performed along with a carnival supergroup, the electrifying explosion of sound and rhythm premieres at The MAC on September 30th. Tickets on sale soon: save the date and watch out for further announcement.

“We’re excited about making art, inspiring ambition, learning and sharing skills – and doing it all together with people across our city and indeed across the world. Community Music has been the heartbeat of our Carnival programming; it’s where it all began, with our very first parade featuring 100 samba drummers (and Brazil’s most famous carnival band!) making Beat’s big bang that would reverberate through the years. Come and celebrate 30 years of carnival magic with us at ELECTRO CARNIVAL in BEAT 30, on 30th September!” David Boyd MBE, Founder-Director of Beat Carnival


This festival has been made possible by PRS Foundation, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council