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Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 1pm 0 Comments Circus & Carnival Arts , Community Arts , Drama , Northern Ireland Music

The Belfast Tempest will celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary with a spectacular live production at Belfast's T13 Image: The Belfast Tempest will celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary with a spectacular live production at Belfast's T13

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council are investing £900,000 in Creative and Cultural Belfast, a new programme of events which aims to give everyone – right across the city, of all ages and walks of life – the opportunity to be inspired by our rich cultural life. 

The programme encourages everyone to get involved in the events, to be inspired, to be creative and to be bold with daring and challenging ideas. The remaining projects to be funded as part of Creative and Cultural Belfast have been announced.  They are:


The Belfast Tempest

Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd April 2016

T13, east Belfast

To celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, Terra Nova Productions is re-imagining Shakespeare. The Belfast Tempest will be recruiting 200 citizens to join in a professional team, creating a show that will span more than 150 years of history, from the city's 19th centure shipping greatness through to the modern day and shared hopes & ambitions for an intercultural future.

Further information about this historic celebration is available at


THE BELFAST TEMPEST from bluebird media on Vimeo.


The Farset Project

Monday 30th May 2016

Belfast Hills to Custom House Square

The River Farset gave Belfast its name, but tofay is has largely been built over and forgotten. This dawn-to-dusk festival is brought to you by Culturlann and the Spectrum Centre and will return the Farset to the heart of the city through music and art. 

Find out more about the River Farset and how you can get involved in the project here.


The Belfast Opera

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016

The Ulster Hall and Titanic Slipways

Belfast Buildings Trust and NI Opera are developing Belfast's first chamber opera themed around the city's industrial heritage. 

Culminating in a performance in the Ulster Hall streamed live at the Titanic slipways, there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved in this world-first production, whether you are a budding singer or would like to try your hand behind the scenes in the set and costume department. Keep up to date with all the project developments at


Belfast Carnival Village

June 2016

Ormeau Park

Beat Carnival will create a festive carnival village in Ormeau Park. The village will be home to reproductions of famous Belfast landmarks, such as the Albert Clock and Harland and Wolff's Samson and Goliath cranes, brought to life with a programme of samba, circus, drumming and other carnival acts. 

Find out more about the Belfast Carnival Village and how you can take part at


Get involved

There are a number of ways to get involved:

Register for regular programme updates by emailing 

Join the conversation online at

Follow us on twitter @Cre8tiveBelfast  #CreativeBelfast

This short animation will tell you everything you need to know about the programme and explain how you can get involved.


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