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We're still looking for dancers and singers to take part in our 'Made In Belfast' carnival! People of all ages and abilities are welcome so if you've ever wanted to dance or sing down the streets of Belfast then take a look at our rehearsal schedule and get involved!

Night-time photo of Beat Carnival's Urban Ballet finale on the steps of St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast

In 2013, our carnival parade was a highlight of Culture Night Belfast, as we brought you the final performance of international hip-hop carnival project, Urban Ballet. Performances had already taken place in Portugal, France and South Africa.

Sam Alexander leading drum workshop

Beatndrum Samba Band had a fantastic weekend working with Sam Alexander at the Beat Carnival Centre, joined by drumming friends from across Ireland - Chidambaram Samba (Belfast), MaSamba Samba School (Dublin), The Streetwise Samba Band (Belfast), Morro 16 (Dublin), The Exhausted Farmers (Fermanagh), Samboeire SambaBand (

Big thanks to the Arts Council NI and Lindsay Ford Motors for part financing a new van for us! No more car Tetris trying to finagle our Big Head characters into someone's boot; they can travel in style and luxury now. Like real artistes.

A Pinocchio "puppet" (actor) with his puppeteer on stilts

Beat Carnival is delighted to be creating the main floats and performances for the 2014 City of Lisburn Mayor’s Carnival Parade - FAIRYTALES!

Photo of participants at a recent outdoor performance workshop facilitated by Stephen Beggs at the Beat Carnival Centre

Here at the Beat Carnival Centre, we don't just like to hire out office and workshop space to tenants - we like to play with them too!

WOMAD/Beyond Skin posters for St Patrick's Day performances in Belfast and Downpatrick

We're delighted to be working with our good friends and Beat Carnival Centre tenants Beyond Skin for this year's carnival parade - in partnership with the world's biggest international music festival (as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records), WOMAD!

Mock newspaper front pages created by participants

We've had a lot of fun working with our friends at WheelWorks and Wandsworth Community Centre in preparation for our Belfast St Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade.

Beat Musician in Residence Katie Richardson with the street choir

The Beat Carnival are inviting enthusiastic singers for Belfast St Patrick's Day Carnival Parade 2014.

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