Belfast city centre is getting ready to play host to a new mini-festival over Mid Term Break, with something for all the family to enjoy.
It’s always a challenge to find fun things for the kids to do over mid-term break that’s not going to break the bank but this year the Creative Cafés event is bringing culture and creativity to coffee shops across the city centre.
The programme includes a visit to the Mad Hatters Tea Party hosted by the award winning theatre company C21, a trip around the world with ArtsEtka exploring the arts and culture of other countries, a chance to make your own animated adventure using Lego with the Cando Academy and some silly scientific fun with the Institute of Physics and Science Stars. The best part is that all of the events are free! The Creative Cafés festival is part of the Belfast City Council’s on-going programme of investment in city centre animation aimed at driving footfall to the city.
The events will take place at Costa Coffee, Café Nero, Clements, Easons and Castle Court.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “This is a great family-friendly initiative which Council is pleased to support as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Belfast retailers. As we look ahead to the longer-term recovery of our city centre, we have the opportunity to embrace new ideas and be creative in how we reimagine our city centre. Our local arts and cultural sector has been key to reinvigorating our city centre spaces over this last number of months, and this is going to be a really fun initiative for the young and young at heart over half-term break.”
Belfast City Council’s Regeneration programme has provided a much needed boost to the local arts and cultural sector with over 80 different arts organisations, bands, musicians and community groups benefitting from the investment.
Kerry Rooney from the Cathedral Quarter Trust believes the arts have an important role to play in helping the city to recover from the impact of the Primark fire. He explains: “The arts and cultural sector have a big part to play in helping to make the city a more colourful and vibrant place to visit and spend time. As we saw this past weekend with the Chinese New Year celebrations, there is so much richness and diversity in our arts sector we want to harness that energy to regenerate the city and drive investment in the arts.”
Glen Lillington from Costa Coffee told us: “We are thrilled to be a part of the Creative Cafés event, we love to be a part of all the cultural events in the city. It is a great way of bringing more people into the city and supporting the businesses.”
The Creative Cafés festival will run from the 18th to the 22nd of February. All the details are available from the Cathedral Quarter Trust website www.cathedralquarterbelfast.com.