Carnival Comes to Ormeau

10 August 2015 11:08 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Carnival Comes to Ormeau

Beat Carnival led Carnival Comes to Ormeau in partnership with Ballynafeigh Community Development Association. The aim of the project was to develop and run a small scale event based on carnival art forms (making and percussion) in Ormeau Park on Friday 7th August with 110 children, young people and older people in line with Ballynafeigh Community Development Association Family Fun Day. Carnival Comes to Ormeau gave the children and young people the opportunity to work with local artists through a workshop setting within the park, which focused on carnival making and percussion.

The small-scale event will be used as an enhancement towards Belfast Carnival Village that will take place in Ormeau Park, June 2016. Belfast Carnival Village will transform an area at the south end of Ormeau Park into a colourful carnival village, a theatrical set with structures that depict Belfast landmarks such as H&W Cranes, Albert Clock and Belfast Zoo where carnival acts, performances and workshops involving 1,000 community participants from local communities across Belfast.

Carnival Comes to Ormeau is funded by Belfast City Council through its Parks Events Small Grant scheme.

Geraldine Andrews: Head of Fundraising & Business Development, Beat Carnival says:

“Beat Carnival are delighted to have had the opportunity to run carnival workshops within a park setting that has directly involved children and young people from Ballynafeigh Community Development Association, Denmark Street and the local area.

The children an

d young people have worked with local artists within carnival art forms and have increased their creative skills, learning and participation.

Darren Spence: Youth Worker, Ballynafeigh Community Development Association says:

“Carnival Comes to Ormeau has given the children, young people and older people the chance to participate in carnival art workshops which has brought fun & enjoyment, social and creative skills.  A major advantage of carnival arts is the opportunity of creative expression and participation.”


Beat Carnival’s role is to create and produce carnival arts, organise and direct performances, train and develop artists and encourage community participation and 

ambition. Beat Carnival Centre in Belfast is recognised as a world-class centre of excellence, delivering free carnival arts workshops and training programmes to a wide range of diverse participants from four years old to over 60.

Ballynafeigh Community Development Association is a community development association in South Belfast. Their core aim is to create and deliver social action to tackle disadvantage and a

ddress issues that impact on vulnerable individuals and groups.

For more information please contact: Geraldine Andrews, Head of Fundraising & Business Development on 02890 434 767 or by email