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Our director David Boyd and development worker Matt Vernon, along with Beat Carnival board member and Culture Night mastermind, Adam Turkington, recently travelled to the 21st annual meeting of the Banlieues d'Europe network in Saint-Denis (a large suburb of Paris).

Beatndrum samba band dressed as elves at connswater shopping centre

Santa took some time out from his busy schedule to call in and see some of his fans at Conswater shopping center.

On the weekend of the 25th and 26th of October, it was our pleasure to welcome some of our friends up from Dublin Institute of Technology Samba Drumming Society.  They had encountered BEATnDRUM performing at the Drogheda Samba Festival 2013 and then met Damian again there this year whilst performing with all Ireland band, Maracatu Ilha Brilhante.

Our Big heads were a huge success at the Newcastle Hallowtides Event on Halloween night. Accompanied by the Sambanimals our section certainly brought the carnival party to town and our performers were swamped with requests for selfies!

We had a great time at an excellent event, lets do it again soon!

Sambanimals Goblin Army about to bring the funk!

The Sambanimals Goblin Army is about to unleash its own brand of avant-guard goblin percussionising on the streets of Newcastle Co.Down.

Being a bunch of Goblins they have been living under bridges and down in the caves since their last appearance at Electric Picnic in August.  Now the nights are drawing in they're getting hungry again for some street partying.

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.

Dance rehearsals at the Beat Carnival Centre

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!

Performance run-through starts at 7:00pm in Custom House Square
Parade starts at 8:00pm


See details in Photo Gallery below 

BEAT’S ‘MADE IN BELFAST’ CARNIVAL Belfast Culture Night – 19th September 2014


Registration: 6:30pm in Custom House Square

Beat Carnival Artists - flower lantern makers

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.