Voices of Belfast

Beat Carnival's St Patrick's Day Parade

Friday 17th March 2023 Parade assembly at Belfast City Hall – leaving at 1:30pm

On St Patrick’s Day celebrate what it is to be alive in this great city of arts & culture with a carnival cavalcade of our vibrant musical stories. A theatrical pageant of pop, punk, pomp and even disco, The Voice of Belfast will be a symphony of people & costume, music & dance, circus & theatre telling a story of sound & song bringing us together, reminding of what it means to be a creative Belfast.

Looking from history to future, there’s another story to tell, voices we want the 2023 parade to express. 25 years have passed since the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, an agreement that we would speak and listen in a spirit of sharing and reconciliation, reaching towards peace and understanding. We will gather 25-year-old young adults and ask: what has the process from the day after the Agreement meant for them? Having grown-up in that significant space of time, what are their reflections and what hopes will they tell in this Anniversary year?

Parade Route

On 17th March we will raise our voices, sing our song along the wide, open streets of Chichester & Victoria, High Street & Royal Avenue, to City Hall finalé. On St Patrick’s Day let’s make a dance to future days and a drum that beats for all!


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Trailer 1

This movie gives a taste of our ‘Voices Of Belfast’ music theme and invites young adults born at the momentous time of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, to join in the Parade. 25 years have passed since entering into the post-GFA era. A group of 25-year-olds will gather at Beat to talk, think, share and make some art: having grown-up in that significant space of time, what are their reflections and what hopes will they tell in this Anniversary year? PROJECT 25 is starting at St Patrick’s Day and will continue into 2023.
• Are you 25 yrs (24, 25 or 26) and interested to take part in PROJECT 25?
• CONTACT: projects@beatcarnival.com
• Are you in that age group and would like to join us in the Parade on 17th March? – Come as you are, no preparation required. Enquire / Register by emailing: projects@beatcarnival.com

Making St Patrick’s Day Parade Exhibition

Come along along to gain a snapshot of costume, props, photographs and designs from our creative celebrations for all.

Visit us in Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue from now until Monday 20th of March

**Oiii!!!!! CALLING ALL PUNKS!**
Wanna strut down the street belting out some classic bangers?
Fancy pogoing your way into an Alternative Ulster on Paddy’s day?
We are Big Time looking for lively heads who want to get their Teenage Kicks in our Pop-up PUNK Choir as part of the 2023 Belfast Paddy’s Day.
We’ll be having open rehearsals on:
– Sunday 5th March from 2:30-5pm and
– Wednesday 15th March from 6:30-9pm.
So If you’re interested and fancy doing something slightly out of the box – sign up here!

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