Well! It's certainly been a busy month since Culture Night, no rest for the wicked, as the saying goes! (wickedly awesome in our case ;p )
BEATnDRUM have been busy as usual delivering their boisterous, groovy, brand of carnival beats the length of the country from L,Derry to Ballynahinch via Craigavon and Newcastle! They even had time to throw in some new dance moves.
After months of planning, designing, making, singing, dancing, drumming and other rehearsals, Beat's "Made in Belfast" Carnival is here! A huge thank-you to all the artists and participats and other supporters for what is sure to be a spectacular, magical, uplifting and inspiring finale to Culture Night Belfast this evening!
Saturday 13 September Carnival Camp for Beat's 'Made In Belfast' Carnival on Friday night 19 Sept. The Beat Carnival artist team have started the Saturday morning workshops for children, families, artists, anyone - at Beat Carnival Centre. There is lantern making now - and again this afternoon from 2 to 4pm.
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!
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.
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.