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BEATnDRUM are 10 this year!

Smiling girls in green hats with shamrocks painted on their faces

On Sunday 16 March Belfast will come alive with a colourful carnival atmosphere for all the family to enjoy!

We were delighted to host the launch of the Arts Council's Youth Arts Strategy for Northern Ireland (PDF download link) here at the Beat Carnival Centre. The new strategy provides strategic direction and vision for the youth arts sector for the period from 2013 to 2017.

Urban Ballet bus stop advert showing performance times (in text below)

Since 1994 we have been bringing carnival to the streets of Belfast as part of our vision to bring people of all backgrounds together in free, celebratory arts for all.

David Lyttle

Belfast’s Beat Carnival has commissioned one of Northern Ireland’s most successful young musicians to write a summer dance hit to raise the profile of the arts charity.

David Lyttle, already a household name in Irish jazz, is gaining recognition as an urban music artist thanks to his latest album, Interlude, called ‘exceptional’ by MOBO. He has collaborated with many top-class musicians, including Mercury-nominated Soweto Kinch, US rapper iLLspokinN (Run DMC), keyboardist Jason Rebello and bassist Pino Palladino.

Life is a Carnival - 24 July event

The last event in Beat's Liftoff to 2012 project for the Legacy Trust Connections programme in NI. This event is part of the London 2012 Open Weekend.

London 2012 Open Weekend logo

Beat's Life is a Carnival is part of the London 2012 Open Weekend, marking a year to the London Olympic Games. Between now and 2012, Games-inspired events will be taking place right around the UK. This year's London 2012 Open Weekend, supported by BP, takes place this weekend. The nationwide programme features art, dance, film, sport events and more.

Beat's Life Is A Carnival programme and event on 24 July 2011 is funded by Legacy Trust UK's Connections programme, managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Please help with research on Beat and the role of Carnival events in the community and the City.

Bongar, from Olinda-Recife in Pernambuco, NE Brazil are in Belfast for a cultural exchange with Beat Carnival.

They will be working with Beat's youth groups, Beat'n'drum and traditional drummers and musicians. The Residency culminates in the Beat Carnival Weekend with the Belfast City Carnival on Saturday 19 June.