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There has been lots of great musical development in this year's carnival with the enthusiastic involvement of local musicians... writing, recording, rehearsing, and dressing-up!

Carnival Music

The following Musicians and Bands will be involved in this Summer's Belfast City Carnival.

Carnival Director, David Boyd on
This New Day, Radio Ulster Sunday (14 June 2009)

Presenter: Kim Lenaghan

John Shelly and the Creatures: Long May You Reign
The One Ones: Another Girl, Another Planet
Bob Andy: The Sun Shines For Me

Belfast City Carnival - Saturday 27 June 2009
Lined up in Custom House Square, starting performance
1.45pm Parade sets off
3.00pm Arrive at City Hall
All afternoon: Music stage in grounds of City Hall

A programme of masterclasses to create a new group of musicians and dancers for the carnival performance.

Purpose of the Masterclass

St Patrick's Day Carnival Parade 2009 - Belfast

The St Patrick's Day Carnival Parade was a great success, demonstrating an inclusive celebration for the City.

Well done to all who took part!

Photos are available in our Flickr Gallery.



Beat'n'drum are Northern Ireland’s Premier Carnival Performance Percussion group. Bringing you rhythms and dance from around the world, their ongoing plan is to bring dance to your feet and an instant atmosphere wherever they go. 20 orchestrated percussionists will bring thunder to your doorstep and create lighting moves on the dancefloor.

The BelBoBru Partnership


Three companies, in Belfast, Bologna and Brussels: sharing in mutual support, working on carnival skills development.

From Zinneke's website:

The Puppet Family at last year's Lantern Parade was a project in the BelBoBru Programme with:

East Belfast Lantern Parade 2003 poster

The first Lantern Parade event "Making Light" took place in December 2003. A couple of months prior to that, Beat took 12 artists on a residential visit to Welfare State International in Cumbria, to see the Ulverston Lantern Festival. WSI started the Lantern Parade there, over 20 years ago, after seeing lanterns in Japan.