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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.

Carnival Centre Luton

Paul Anderson, Executive Director, will be at our Launch of the UK's first National Carnival Centre on Friday, October 24, 2008.

Also see Luton Carnival Arts Development Trust website 

Jazzmin writes about Carnival Creations...

My name is Jazzmin McClure. I am 17 years old and am studying A level, drama, English literature and religious studies in Lagan College, Belfast.